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.
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."
We want to make sure Northwest Indiana residents receive accurate information about Indiana’s efforts to address mercury and PCBs in our waterways.
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,…
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.
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.
Arts education in not just about finger-painting or stick figures on the fridge.
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.
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…
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.
And then there were 10. Ten who died for you and me.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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…
On March 9, the U.S. Department of Labor reported an additional 227,000 jobs had been added to the nation's economy and the unemployment rate remained at 8.3 percent for the second consecutive month.
Public transportation was one of the first issues addressed by the Northwest Indiana Quality of Life Council. In April 2000, it considered the need for a public transit authority in Lake County. All but one of the 48 elected officials interviewed agreed on the need for such an entity. In Sep…
The killing of 16 unarmed civilians in Afghanistan is a brutal reminder of the true nature of war. The U.S Army soldier alleged to have committed the crime is under intense media scrutiny. Our court systems, military and civilian, reinforce this individual focus.
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