Offering perspective on today's issues
Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin doesn't get any slack from her critics even when the office tries to be frugal.
No matter what financial situation you are in, you should never blame poverty for your failure to achieve something great such as doing well in school. Sure, poverty might make it hard for you to achieve what you want, but not trying at all certainly isn't the answer.
Addressing poverty issues is a complex task. There is no easy answer for how to bring people out of poverty and, more important, how to keep them from dropping back in.
As one who majored in history, I have traced the lives of men and women who have come out of poverty to be productive and responsible citizens. Their stories are remarkable.
I'm not too proud to beg! Actually, I realized I am, which is why I spent most of last Friday hungry. I got to have the unique experience of walking a mile in someone else’s shoes as a participant in a homelessness awareness sleepout.
VALPARAISO | More than 360 people are homeless in Porter County, and 148 of them are children.
Offering perspective on today's issues
INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana could fully implement the Affordable Care Act and provide Medicaid health coverage to a half million uninsured Hoosiers for at least four years without requiring any new revenue.
Tuesday morning, as I began writing this column, I felt powerless. In a technical sense, I was — sitting in my living room, looking out at the damage from the thunderstorm that cut off my electricity.
We live in in perhaps the wealthiest and most influential country in the history of civilization.
INDIANAPOLIS | As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule on the constitutionality of Obamacare, two Hoosier Republicans are standing by with plans to reshape the nation's health system.
Every day, my office phone, cellphone and email are filled with distress messages from people reaching out for resources to ease their desperate situations.
Poverty, not bad teachers, is the main reason for poor test scores in schools.
GARY | The woman said she had lost her job as a teacher at a charter school and hadn't been able to get a new one yet.
GARY | The Indiana Commission on Childhood Poverty will host a public forum from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday to discuss how the state can reduce childhood poverty.
Landscaped yards are being cluttered with for sale signs as homeowners face tough economic times in the suburbs.
The white picket fences and minivans that once characterized many suburbs have slowly been replaced by boarded up windows and public transit buses.
A top education researcher at Indiana University says when the results of these reforms are analyzed in years to come, don't be surprised if student achievement is about the same as it was before the politicians shook up the system.
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