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Road Rants: Stalled cars at the light, more turn-only tales and mixed signage

Road Rants: Stalled cars at the light, more turn-only tales and mixed signage

Rant #1:This week Doris wrote in that she gets annoyed when she sees, “…cars lined up at a stoplight, and the first car sits there for 30 seconds before they take off after the light turns green. I go right away. I don’t wait. Is it that I am paying attention and they are probably talking on…

October 19, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Road Rants: Facebook Commentary on Ridge Road and Burnham and a Roadblocker at the airport

Road Rants: Facebook Commentary on Ridge Road and Burnham and a Roadblocker at the airport

Several weeks back Bill posted on NWI Road Rants' Facebook page a response to the column that appeared on September 21. Here are his thoughts:

October 12, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Road Rants: A journey out west, across the border on Interstate 290-294 and back again

Road Rants: A journey out west, across the border on Interstate 290-294 and back again

Last week my final rant was a reiteration of some of the less than wonderful experiences I have had lately traveling back from the city. This week I had the pleasure of traveling back and forth on Interstate-294 to do an inventory in a warehouse located in Berserk-ly, Illinois. Yes, I know I…

October 05, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Road Rants: Dyer finds some white paint, an intersection solution and navigating Dan Ryan construction zones

Road Rants: Dyer finds some white paint, an intersection solution and navigating Dan Ryan construction zones

I have heard from not one, not two, but three different people that 81st Street in Dyer got striped! Outstanding, Dyer! Way to go! Could you please let the other cities and INDOT know where you found the white paint? Drivers would like to know exactly where they are supposed to drive their c…

September 28, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Road Rants: Multitasking at its finest

Road Rants: Multitasking at its finest

Fall is here. I love this time of year. Being from the Left Coast, humidity and I don’t get along. I can’t stand walking out of the shower, only to get wetter. The air is now drying out. The leaves are changing. Junior only has to cut the grass every third week! The only bad part is getting …

September 21, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Road Rants: Top tunes that drive you

Road Rants: Top tunes that drive you

It’s finally here. Here are the top Ten Tunes that drive you. Sorry Letterman, I’ve always been a little backwards…

September 14, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Road Rants: Last call for tunes that drive you, special plates and motorcyclists with a death wish

Road Rants: Last call for tunes that drive you, special plates and motorcyclists with a death wish

On my way home last night the first three notes of “Head Games,” by Foreigner jarred me. The music also reminded me that it is last call for nominations for the tune that drives you. Please email me your favorite and we'll count down the top ten next week. If you would like one of our Road R…

September 07, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Road Rants: Disappearing paint lines, wiring and street lights make driving even more hazardous

Road Rants: Disappearing paint lines, wiring and street lights make driving even more hazardous

There have been some warm days this week. That always brings out the motorcycles, and speeds up the streets. The weather also seems to make our commutes more challenging. Is it the heat that makes drivers more aggression? Maybe everyone just wants to get home and cool off in his or her air-c…

August 31, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Road Rants: The bumper sticker competition closes but the U-turn controversy is unresolved

Road Rants: The bumper sticker competition closes but the U-turn controversy is unresolved

Hallelujah! On the week of August 26th, the railroad crossing on Main between Indianapolis and Kennedy will be shut down and finally the tracks that have kept the dentists in our area working overtime will be repaired. As I reported back on May 11th, the tracks have been so bad that my own d…

August 24, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Road Rants: News about attempted U-turns and drivers who don't believe the road is closed to them

Road Rants: News about attempted U-turns and drivers who don't believe the road is closed to them

It’s been a good, but somewhat cool summer. The top-down-days have been wonderful. There is something awesome about driving with the top down. Wind in what is left of my hair. Sun shining on my face, seeing the smiles on my grandkids. Life is good.

August 17, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Road Rants: Name your tune, intersection signage controversy and defense of front seat dogs

Road Rants: Name your tune, intersection signage controversy and defense of front seat dogs

Once again I have received many responses for your favorite songs while driving. Some of your favorites this week are: “I Can’t Drive 55,” by Sammy Hagar, “YYZ,” by Rush and The Stones with “Satisfaction.” I will leave it open a couple of more weeks to give you a chance to vote for your favorites.

August 10, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Road Rants: Free-Roaming Fidos are unsafe at any speed

Road Rants: Free-Roaming Fidos are unsafe at any speed

It seems that many of you have favorite songs that drive you as you motor around Northwest Indiana. I received many responses to last weeks request for your favorite songs while driving. Some of your favorites are: “Rock and Roll Hoochie Coo” by Rick Derringer, “Evil Ways” by Santana, “Radar…

August 03, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Road Rants: Top ten driving tunes, bumper stickers and police officers in conversation

Road Rants: Top ten driving tunes, bumper stickers and police officers in conversation

Over the last month I have wanted to ask a question. What is the tune that you love to hear when you drive? For me, if “La Grange” by ZZ Top comes on the radio there is a 200 percent chance of significant ear damage. That song is going to get cranked. If the Rantmobile wasn’t a convertible t…

July 27, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Designated turn lanes, emergency vehicles and the blissfully ignorant

Designated turn lanes, emergency vehicles and the blissfully ignorant

It is always good to know that someone is listening. I mentioned the ambulance that could not get through the intersection because the light refused to change and the drivers at U.S. Hwy 30 and Broadway refused to stop and let him through in my July 6th column. I did not know what a big reac…

July 20, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Intersections from hell and other pothole nightmares

Intersections from hell and other pothole nightmares

I was headed home the other day. Enjoying a drive with the top down on the Rant mobile, headed east on Main coming up to Colfax in Griffith. Suddenly, the light turns yellow, then red. Coming from behind me, a red mini-van hammers the pedal, passes me on the left using the turn lane, swerves…

July 13, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Road Rants- Disclaimer

Road Rants- Disclaimer

Last week we published a submission that may have been misconstrued by some readers as a tacit endorsement to follow dangerous and erratic drivers in order to report their activities to the proper authorities. We wrote the column to bring light to the need for cities to coordinate emergency …

July 06, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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A concerned citizen chases down a driver gone rogue, with prayer backup

A concerned citizen chases down a driver gone rogue, with prayer backup

I have enjoyed reading the responses sent in by you, our roving reporters. This space is all about being your bulletin board and a public service. Some of your comments are short, some insightful and some more akin to "War and Peace." Either way we can hopefully get a few laughs out of it as…

June 29, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Road Rants: This column gets the attention it deserves from INDOT

Road Rants: This column gets the attention it deserves from INDOT

I love my job. I get the privilege of informing the public. Every Monday I punch in my access code into the phone and wait in amazement as you the readers tell me of the particularly irritating things that happen behind the steering wheels of your cars. This Monday though, it was special. I …

June 22, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Road Rants: Midway Airport, the worlds busiest square mile

Road Rants: Midway Airport, the worlds busiest square mile

I've been doing some traveling lately. It goes with my other position at The Times as the Print Operations Manager. I prefer to use Midway Airport whenever I can because it 's much easier to get to, and you can avoid the I-90/94/55/290 interchange (AKA The Spaghetti Bowl) by using 294 and th…

June 15, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Road Rants: Alabama, Texas, Georgia and Illinois in contention for worst drivers award

Road Rants: Alabama, Texas, Georgia and Illinois in contention for worst drivers award

Back in Week 4 I asked the question, “Which state has the worst drivers?” Well, this hit a nerve. I am sure you have your own idea about the state that deserves the trophy, but let's take a look at the nominees. A lady I was seated next to on a plane recently thought the award should go to T…

June 08, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Road Rants: Where is Peter Parker?

Road Rants: Where is Peter Parker?

You never know what you are going to see when you twist the key and begin a trip on our roads. On my way home the other day I was traveling east on 73rd St. in Merrillville, approaching the intersection at Taft. The cemetery is on my left at the time. Suddenly, I see a person riding a bicycl…

June 01, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Road Rants: A husband who is transformed into a celebrity behind the wheel and other rages

Road Rants: A husband who is transformed into a celebrity behind the wheel and other rages

One very nice lady wrote in this week to explain that whenever her husband of over 40 years gets behind the steering wheel he is “Magically” transformed into Archie Bunker! I can hear it now, EDITH!!!! This is just perfect. This kind of imagery cannot be wasted upon just my cerebrum. What ki…

May 25, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Road Rants: The Irresistable Urge to Vent

Road Rants: The Irresistable Urge to Vent

We have some great roads in Northwest Indiana to go for a Sunday drive. Within minutes you can be cruising through the countryside. The problem is that many of these drivers are imagining this perfect serene moment when they wake up, they are in the morning commute on the Borman. Driving 45 …

May 18, 2013 12:00 am
Road Rants: The Irresistable Urge to Vent

Road Rants: The Irresistable Urge to Vent

Spring is finally here. I know that because the temperature has been above freezing for a whole week. Perhaps you would think that Northwest Indiana drivers would be better now that they don't have so much weather to contend with and our brains are defrosting. We have our traction back and p…

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