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GUEST COMMENTARY: Remembering veterans is start toward recovery

GUEST COMMENTARY: Remembering veterans is start toward recovery

World War II veterans are becoming scarce as we approach the 69th anniversary of what we call "The Greatest Generation." Each day the newspaper records the passing of more buddies and shipmates of what was once 16 million men and women in all branches of the services.

May 26, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Memories of Christmas with sailors in World War II

GUEST COMMENTARY: Memories of Christmas with sailors in World War II

Repeating words like love, peace, joy, that are time-worn just does not seem right this year.

December 25, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: We had no choice but to act on redistricting

GUEST COMMENTARY: We had no choice but to act on redistricting

Recent Times articles and editorials raised questions about the fairness and process of redistricting of the Porter County Council districts. Clearly, The Times failed to investigate the laws governing redistricting.

December 19, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: U.S. should recognize rights of children

GUEST COMMENTARY: U.S. should recognize rights of children

Nov. 20 is Universal Children’s Day. This date marks the day the United Nations adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.

November 19, 2013 4:00 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Be smart on crime, not just tough

GUEST COMMENTARY: Be smart on crime, not just tough

When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the new criminal code bill (HEA 1006) and the expungement bill (HEA 1482), he said he wanted Indiana "to be the worst place in America to commit a serious crime and the best place, once you've done your time, to get a second chance."

October 23, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana's water is cleaner than it once was

GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana's water is cleaner than it once was

We want to make sure Northwest Indiana residents receive accurate information about Indiana’s efforts to address mercury and PCBs in our waterways. 

June 29, 2012 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Health care ruling evokes memories of past court intrigue

GUEST COMMENTARY: Health care ruling evokes memories of past court intrigue

The U.S. Supreme Court, surprising many media pundits as well as more expert observers, has upheld the controversial mandate in the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act. The decision was 5-4 division, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining liberals Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg,…

June 28, 2012 1:20 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Reward pets' friendship in any way you can

GUEST COMMENTARY: Reward pets' friendship in any way you can

In honor of National Pet Adoption Month, I invite you to reflect with me on the age-old bond between human beings and our two best-loved, furry friends.

June 28, 2012 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Career, technical education plan borrows from  best

GUEST COMMENTARY: Career, technical education plan borrows from best

Our schools must work for all our children, regardless of where they start in life and regardless of where they want to start their careers. Recently, I announced a plan to make career, technical and vocational education a priority in every high school in Indiana.

June 26, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Art education improves students' minds, academic performance

Arts education in not just about finger-painting or stick figures on the fridge.

June 24, 2012 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Education a key to public safety

GUEST COMMENTARY: Education a key to public safety

Northwest Indiana residents are resilient. During the recent economic crisis, we experienced many of the same challenges that have been felt both statewide and nationwide. Yet our quality of life continues to improve. However, there remain opportunities and challenges ahead.

June 24, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Online courses are becoming an important higher education learning component

Never before in the history of the planet has information been more readily available. With the click of a mouse, we can find answers to almost any question. When the questions are simple and factual, the Internet is a useful resource. But when the questions are more complex, we cannot depen…

June 17, 2012 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Egg legislation is good for consumers, animals, farmers

How often do you hear people say, “That’s a great idea!” about things happening in Congress? Probably not that often. But one of the most recent bills introduced in Congress is something to support if you eat at least one of the 76 billion eggs America’s hens produce each year.

June 16, 2012 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: On Memorial Day, don't forget unions, middle class

GUEST COMMENTARY: On Memorial Day, don't forget unions, middle class

And then there were 10. Ten who died for you and me.

May 28, 2012 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Got a question for Lugar-Mourdock debate? Submit it

GUEST COMMENTARY: Got a question for Lugar-Mourdock debate? Submit it

Hoosier voters, especially those who choose a Republican ballot for the May 8 primary election, face a difficult decision this spring. Longtime U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar faces a spirited re-election challenge from state Treasurer Richard Mourdock for the GOP Senate nomination.

April 04, 2012 12:00 am
YOUNG VOICES: School band program is instrument of change

YOUNG VOICES: School band program is instrument of change

Seven of us, dressed in our best black uniforms, watch each other with anxious eyes and giddy smiles. We stand in a tight circle; eagerly, we pile our hands into the middle, linking our desire to succeed with the adrenaline pumping through our veins. Mr. Cramer adds his hand to the pile, smi…

April 02, 2012 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Women, don't be afraid to follow your dreams

GUEST COMMENTARY: Women, don't be afraid to follow your dreams

There are women who let things happen, and then there are women who make things happen. It's a trait not isolated by gender, but let's talk about the ladies this time, in honor of Women's History Month.

March 29, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Higher ed flexibility meets quality in Indiana

I applaud the Indiana Commission for Higher Education for its just-released agenda: Reaching Higher, Achieving More -- an ambitious new strategic plan targeted at doubling the number of college degrees in Indiana. The plan calls for a higher education system in our state that is mission-driv…

March 28, 2012 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana working to ensure students are learning properly

GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana working to ensure students are learning properly

During the past couple of years, the state of Northwest Indiana's schools has been brought to the forefront with special concern directed at our lowest performing schools.

March 28, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Negative views of Gary's schools must be 'left behind'

GUEST COMMENTARY: Negative views of Gary's schools must be 'left behind'

Over the past five years, the Gary Community School Corp. has shown fiscal integrity by effectively balancing its budget. This was accomplished despite significant decreases in state and federal funding, the adverse effect of the 2 percent circuit breaker tax cap legislation and a moderate h…

March 27, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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