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WALTER WILLIAMS: We've become an immoral people

WALTER WILLIAMS: We've become an immoral people

During last year's budget negotiation meetings, President Barack Obama told House Speaker John Boehner, "We don't have a spending problem."

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Why I still have faith in Congress

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why I still have faith in Congress

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…

June 08, 2014 12:00 am

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
MITCH BARLOGA: A funding primer for bicycle, pedestrian facilities

MITCH BARLOGA: A funding primer for bicycle, pedestrian facilities

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.

April 03, 2014 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Jennings led Indiana from territory to state

ANDREA NEAL: Jennings led Indiana from territory to state

In the rough-and-tumble world of frontier politics, Jonathan Jennings experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.

March 26, 2014 5:25 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Restore safety net for unemployed Americans

GUEST COMMENTARY: Restore safety net for unemployed Americans

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.

January 23, 2014 12:00 am
Sen. Coats unfolds road map for action in 2014

Sen. Coats unfolds road map for action in 2014

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.

January 22, 2014 3:28 pm Photos

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Coats should vote yes on budget compromise

GUEST COMMENTARY: Coats should vote yes on budget compromise

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…

December 17, 2013 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Let congressional committees function

DOUG ROSS: Let congressional committees function

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.

November 08, 2013 12:00 am Video
GUEST COMMENTARY: How to improve nation's road ahead

GUEST COMMENTARY: How to improve nation's road ahead

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.

November 05, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Congress should help create stronger economy

GUEST COMMENTARY: Congress should help create stronger economy

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.

October 29, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Congress owes it to raise debt ceiling

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.

October 13, 2013 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Silver linings to a childish shutdown

MARC CHASE: Silver linings to a childish shutdown

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.

October 03, 2013 12:00 am
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The Daily Fix

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September 26, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Spend political capital on federal budget

It's great to see bipartisan cooperation in support of the Great Lakes improvements, and not just because of the lakes.

September 20, 2013 12:00 am Related
RICH JAMES: Costas among nicest politicians I've met

RICH JAMES: Costas among nicest politicians I've met

I don’t think former state Sen. Bill Costas would have made it in today’s political world.

July 28, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL: With our freedom comes responsibility

EDITORIAL: With our freedom comes responsibility

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.

July 04, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Criminal justice must remain nonpartisan

GUEST COMMENTARY: Criminal justice must remain nonpartisan

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.

May 17, 2012 12:00 am
PHIL WIELAND: Write what they meant or what they said

PHIL WIELAND: Write what they meant or what they said

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.

February 03, 2012 12:00 am
THURM FERREE: Congress put political wishbone over governance

THURM FERREE: Congress put political wishbone over governance

We have to say to each other "Happy Thanksgiving" or "Merry Christmas" because we are lucky to live here in this old USA.

November 24, 2011 12:00 am
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