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It’s depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans’ utter disdain for Congress. But my encounters with ordinary citizens at public meetings or in casual conversation really bring me up short. In angry diatribes or in resigned comments, people make clear their dwindling confidence…
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…
It can be safely assumed residents in Northwest Indiana love their trails. Since 1990 we have grown tenfold to over 130 miles of paved, regional routes that connect a majority of our communities. How they get built, along with related facilities such as sidewalks, takes money.
In the rough-and-tumble world of frontier politics, Jonathan Jennings experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.
This winter, Katherine Hackett is wearing a hat and coat around her house. She keeps her thermostat set at 58 degrees. After 17 years in the health care industry, Katherine abruptly got a pink slip and has been unemployed for more than a year.
VALPARAISO | Saying he refuses to accept some people's pessimistic projection that nothing can get done in Washington until 2017, Sen. Dan Coats presented his Road Map for 2014 at several stops around the state Wednesday.
After the government shutdown and threat of a federal default from a few months ago, it was extremely refreshing to see Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan lead the budget conference committee to a bipartisan compromise that resulted in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. Their ability to fi…
Everyone knows Congress is dysfunctional. U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, knows this well. He offered his insights Monday to The Times Editorial Board and on the nwi.com Political Roundtable.
One of the more amazing spectacles in the days after the government shutdown ended was the obsession in Washington with who won and who lost in the showdown. Yes, the capital is focused on next year’s elections, but honestly! There was only one real loser, and that was the American people.
My top priorities have always been to strengthen Indiana’s economy and to help create Hoosier jobs. We can all agree — Democrats and Republicans — the recent government shutdown and the threat of failing to pay our nation’s bills were a significant setback to this seemingly simple goal.
As the standoff in Washington inches closer to default, it's up to citizens to put pressure on the House and Senate to finally compromise from their rigid positions. The nation must not fail to pay its bills.
The childish snits leading to government shutdown have been filled with plenty of grandstanding — much of it by the very people who caused this embarrassment.
Offering perspective on today's issues
It's great to see bipartisan cooperation in support of the Great Lakes improvements, and not just because of the lakes.
I don’t think former state Sen. Bill Costas would have made it in today’s political world.
On Independence Day, we urge Americans to take time not only to celebrate, but also to recognize the responsibilities of citizenship. There's no free ride here.
During the primary election season there was much discussion regarding whether bipartisanship is a positive or negative attribute as it relates to the work of the U.S. Congress.
A local politician of my acquaintance, or POMA, did something recently that, surprisingly, is not unusual. He thanked me for making his comments sound reasonably intelligent.
We have to say to each other "Happy Thanksgiving" or "Merry Christmas" because we are lucky to live here in this old USA.
Grover Norquist, of Americans for Tax Reform, finally got his way. With the GOP leaders and the corporate business community and the Tea Party, they have put the fear of God into members of the Republican-led Congress.
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