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GUEST COMMENTARY: County workers shouldn't be political pawns

GUEST COMMENTARY: County workers shouldn't be political pawns

After a few days out of town, I spent a few hours reviewing recent news articles and editorials. I find it necessary to spend a few minutes to address the continuing assault on our county employees by some individuals for no other reason than to score political points as they face re-election.

March 07, 2014 1:00 am

EDITORIAL: Portage finds 150 reasons to switch insurance

Portage is moving city employees to a different insurance plan instead of the city's own plan. It's a smart move that will reduce premiums for employees and the city alike.

January 03, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Don't let windfall be downfall of prudence

The Lake County Solid Waste Management District needs to apply the "reduce, reuse, recycle" mantra to household waste, not bad ideas.

August 15, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Losing employer coverage undermines health care law

GUEST COMMENTARY: Losing employer coverage undermines health care law

Federal officials recently made some discouraging predictions about the future of American health care.

April 23, 2013 3:18 pm

EDITORIAL: Manage government workforce better

In county government, as with businesses, the employees are the biggest cost. But county government hasn't followed the private sector's lead yet in managing that cost, or those employees, well.

April 08, 2013 12:00 am
Choosing health insurance that meets your needs

Choosing health insurance that meets your needs

Millions of working Americans are still without health insurance, and many more worry about whether they'll be able to afford their existing coverage due to rising health costs.

December 27, 2012 12:00 am

High-deductible insurance would force change for Porter County employees

VALPARAISO | The type of high-deductible health insurance plan being contemplated for Porter County employees is forcing a change in the way participants view their approach to health care.

August 11, 2012 8:15 pm

Portage council OKs firefighters pact

PORTAGE | The City Council narrowly approved a contract this week with Firefighters Local 3151.

July 04, 2012 7:00 pm

Solid waste board member chastises retirement benefits proposal as 'greedy'

"Greedy" and "excessive" are among words used by some members of the Lake County solid waste management district board to describe a retirement plan proposed for district employees.

December 24, 2011 4:10 pm

EDITORIAL: Insurance benefits council, not town

Merrillville Town Council members have been complaining about tight finances, concerned about how to pay the town's bills in the face of property tax caps and lower collection rates. Yet they voted last week to continue providing insurance coverage to themselves.

July 06, 2011 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Let me vent about pensions for police officers

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Let me vent about pensions for police officers

Recently the subject of Public Safety Employee pensions have been the topic of much discussion in the media and especially in Springfield. Several sweeping reforms were enacted for new police and fire employees hired after Jan. 1, 2011.

February 13, 2011 12:00 am

Council weighs Buncich lawyer's insurance

CROWN POINT | A potential compromise could give a Merrillville lawyer health care coverage at public expense, without starting a stampede to get on the county government's insurance plan now costing $30 million.

December 18, 2010 12:00 am
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