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GUEST COMMENTARY: Alternative to Senate primary a choice Indiana Legislature already can make

After some remarks I gave to an Indianapolis group on Feb. 20 about defending Indiana’s laws, an audience member posed a question about the Constitution's 17th Amendment, which requires direct election of U.S. senators by voters. I replied the 17th Amendment also permits state legislatures t…

May 13, 2014 5:45 pm
DOUG ROSS: State's rights shouldn't come at Hoosiers' expense

DOUG ROSS: State's rights shouldn't come at Hoosiers' expense

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is a zealot when it comes to state's rights. No wonder he supports a change in the way U.S. senators are chosen.

May 02, 2014 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Is this Hee Haw or Indiana Legislature?

Every morning during the Indiana legislative session, I cringe a bit when I open the paper.

April 16, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo schools dealing with new laws on transfer students

VALPARAISO | Recent changes in state law could force Valparaiso Community Schools to refuse students from outside the township, including some it now accepts.

April 14, 2014 12:30 am

EDITORIAL: Hemp could be serious cash crop for Hoosier state

Forget what you think you know about the utility of the marijuana plant. If we can all stop snickering for a moment and clear our heads of the visions of smoke-clouded VW vans or dorm rooms, the industrial hemp from marijuana plants is looking more and more like a viable cash crop for the Ho…

April 14, 2014 12:00 am
Schools comply with new Indiana bullying law

Schools comply with new Indiana bullying law

While schools across the country encourage anti-bullying programs, Indiana is one of the few states that require them.

March 18, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Legislation would kill Indiana's energy efficiency programs

GUEST COMMENTARY: Legislation would kill Indiana's energy efficiency programs

The Indiana Legislature is rushing through a bill that would terminate the state’s successful energy efficiency program, even though an independent evaluation has shown the programs are saving ratepayers $2 in costs for every dollar spent on the programs.

February 28, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Doing right apparently pays off in E-911 consolidation

MARC CHASE: Doing right apparently pays off in E-911 consolidation

Who knew doing the right thing actually pays off? It happened in Lake County this week to the tune of about $1.3 million in taxpayer savings, according to government estimates.

February 20, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Dermody might restore optimism for casinos

RICH JAMES: Dermody might restore optimism for casinos

The outlook for Northwest Indiana couldn’t have been brighter in 1996 when the first of four casino boats opened at Buffington Harbor in Gary.

December 29, 2013 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Don't rob Peter to pay Pence tax cut

MARC CHASE: Don't rob Peter to pay Pence tax cut

Robbing Peter to pay Paul makes for a poor fiscal model, leaving Peter poorer and less apt to sustain a financially healthy populace.

December 17, 2013 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: E-911 assistant would be premature luxury

MARC CHASE: E-911 assistant would be premature luxury

When times are tight — and unavoidable but necessary expenses mount — does your family add more luxuries to the budget? Or do you cut frills to make ends meet?

September 10, 2013 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: E-911 hope tempered by more folly

MARC CHASE: E-911 hope tempered by more folly

Maybe it's not yet time to dial 911 on every aspect of Lake County government, but keep your smartphone on keypad mode just in case.

August 22, 2013 12:00 am

Petalas: Waste district revenue boost coming from thawed tax levy

CROWN POINT | The quarter of a million dollars in new revenues set to hit Lake County solid waste district coffers in 2014 will come from the thawing of a long-frozen tax levy, the county treasurer said Tuesday.

August 20, 2013 5:22 pm
MARC CHASE: E-911 consolidation is good government gone bad

MARC CHASE: E-911 consolidation is good government gone bad

If you're having trouble following the process Lake County government and law enforcement officials are using to consolidate emergency 911 dispatches into one central facility, you might find this checklist helpful:

August 15, 2013 12:00 am

Official: Political will wanes for trash consolidation in wake of trash-to-ethanol

The collapse of the trash-to-ethanol plan earlier this year killed any political will for a consolidated garbage disposal contract in Lake County, a top waste official says.

July 29, 2013 12:00 am
PHIL WIELAND: Gay rights in Indiana more than a mammoth task

PHIL WIELAND: Gay rights in Indiana more than a mammoth task

The recent discovery of a mammoth in such good condition that its blood was still in a liquid state raises the question of whether a prehistoric creature will someday be found in such pristine condition it can actually be revived.

July 18, 2013 8:38 pm
MARC CHASE: Elgin does right thing with wrong reasoning

MARC CHASE: Elgin does right thing with wrong reasoning

Some people do the right thing only when someone else is walking behind them with a large stick, ready to swing it at any misstep. This can be true in crime, foreign policy and local government.

July 18, 2013 12:00 am
PHIL WIELAND: Developing a Siri-ous relationship with my phone

PHIL WIELAND: Developing a Siri-ous relationship with my phone

Like our Indiana Legislature, I'm having a hard time adjusting to the 21st century. Unlike the Legislature, I was copacetic with the 20th century while they are reluctant to leave the 19th.

July 05, 2013 12:00 am

Hebron schools unhappy ISTEP will continue

HEBRON | Hebron school officials were still upset Wednesday about the snafus with the state's ISTEP test and the legislature's move that will doom schools to one or two more years of giving the test.

May 19, 2013 8:20 pm
PHIL WIELAND: Schools closed because of a threat - of bad weather

PHIL WIELAND: Schools closed because of a threat - of bad weather

The Farmer's Almanac is predicting "squally" weather for mid-April, so Valpo schools should be notifying students soon that classes are cancelled between April 12 and April 15.

March 08, 2013 12:00 am
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