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Giving our children a better chance for success is something we should all agree is the right step for the future of Lake County. Preparing our youngest students to realize their full potential as they start their journey toward graduation is imperative. Educational achievement is perhaps th…
The Times is to be commended for taking an aggressive approach on the issue of poverty in our country. We know our economy is among the strongest in the world. And yet many of the social issues demographers across the world consider to be important indicators of quality of life are in fact, …
One Region, the community development organization serving the three counties in Northwest Indiana, is approaching its second anniversary. This spring, the One Region Board of Directors will engage in a retreat to review the past two years and make appropriate corrections in our priorities a…
Northwest Indiana has a long and distinguished history. From its roots in steelmaking and heavy manufacturing through its historically excellent educational system and many contributions to the arts, sciences, and athletics, Northwest Indiana has every right to be very proud. Like many Midwe…
One Region, the organization formed last spring after the merger of the former Quality of Life Council and One Region One Vision, had a very successful year last year.
One Region, the organization resulting from the merger of the former Quality-of-Life Council and the One Region One Vision initiative, is off to a great start.
Those of us who are lucky enough to still have our mothers should ponder the question, "What if Social Security did not exist? How would Mother get by if not for Social Security?"
Congratulations to the Indiana General Assembly for passing, and Gov. Mitch Daniels for signing, three laws that will assist in improving the accountability, efficiency, and transparency of local government. These three laws are House Bill 1003, House Bill 1005 and Senate Bill 193.
Anyone who has watched a police or law drama on television has heard the phrase, "What is the evidence?" Sadly, it is not often asked in public policy discussions.
As we approach the forthcoming election season, it is reasonable to expect there will be some changes in local government. This is partially because some leadership at the top will change, but also because department heads and other appointed officials might also change. Sometimes even the r…
On the national news we have seen the impact of the swollen Mississippi River on the communities through which it travels. And so we hear about Cairo, Memphis, Vicksburg and ultimately New Orleans, a city very familiar with the destruction that can be caused by excess water.
Years ago, on a trip to New York City, I developed a theory: One can tell the level of vitality in an urban community by whether they have pretzel vendors. New York has pretzel vendors, Chicago has pretzel vendors, as well as Los Angeles, New Orleans, and on and on. We don't have pretzel ven…
Northwest Indiana is at a crossroads! We have seen our region attacked for our wasteful ways and our government-funded patronage jobs. Also, as we all know, during the last two decades, several elected officials have been convicted of felony crimes.
There are people who do not often appear on our public radar screen. We might know them personally without knowing something vital about their lives.
The One Region, One Vision initiative includes a subcommittee looking into efficiencies that might be obtained through local government reform. This is not a new idea, but the fact that little has been done to date suggests it could be revolutionary.
Two eye-opening reports from the well-respected Pew Charitable Trust's Center on the States, "1 in 100: Behind Bars in America" (2008) and "1 in 31: The Long Reach of American Corrections" (2009) raise fundamental questions about what we want our justice system to accomplish.
Earlier this spring, the Texas State School Board passed a preliminary version of its revised, state-wide, public-school curriculum. It was a decision made in Texas, but it could have far-reaching implications, including for us.
The Quality of Life Council is a membership organization of engaged citizens from business, education, not-for-profit, and government sectors of Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties. It is chaired, on a rotating basis, by the six chancellors and presidents of colleges and universities in Northw…
"Man's inhumanity to man": It is a reference most often used to describe the violence we perpetrate on one another in times of war. But there is another type of violence that we inflict on our fellow citizens in times of peace. It is not criminal, but has equally devastating effects. It also…
The Quality of Life Council is a membership organization of engaged citizens from Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties. It is chaired by the chancellors and presidents of the region's six institutions of higher education. Each month, we will address one of the 11 "Quality of Life Indicators." T…
The recent report on the causes of flooding in Northwest, Indiana, released by FEMA and the Department of Natural Resources, shocked many people. In reality, it shouldn't have been a surprise.
The Quality of Life Council periodically publishes "Quality of Life Indicators," an assembly of data that paints a picture of how we are progressing toward our vision of a stronger region. Each month, we will examine one of the 11 indicators in this column. This month, we examine indicators …
As we move closer to the 2009 session of the Indiana General Assembly, we are beginning to see a picture of how the session might proceed. It might not be pretty for Northwest Indiana.
In the 2004 indicators report, the Quality of Life Council assigned Northwest Indiana's relative position regarding educational progress as a C-. Despite a number of positive initiatives since that report was issued, when the council publishes its 2008 version of the indicators, the grade is…
A few weeks ago, I had an occasion to be in downtown Chicago. While driving through the city, I was following a car out of which a passenger threw trash onto the street. The first two times surprised me, but the third incident occurred while we were stopped at a traffic light. This time the …
The Oct. 7 editorial carried the title "RBA Needs to Help Solve Gary Bus Service Crisis." We on the Regional Bus Authority have appreciated the long-standing support we have received from The Times, but this editorial requires some elaboration.
Throughout Calumet College of St. Joseph's 56-year history, we have offered very strong programming in business, finance, management, and accounting.
Article III of the Northwest Ordinance (1787) states in part "Religion, morality and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged." Article III goes on to state we should always "treat the Indians w…
The citizens of Northwest Indiana have lived too long with inadequate, poorly coordinated public transportation. The time has long since passed for these historic problems to be eliminated.
Ask anyone what's most important in their decision about where to live, and they will most likely tell you they want a safe community.
A step toward better bus transportation will be taken Wednesday when the Regional Bus Authority will formally accept a regional strategic and operations plan for Lake and Porter counties.
The 2007 session of the Indiana General Assembly begins in January. Now that the election is over, we know the identity of all the players, and there will be some new faces along with a number who are not new.
I write in support of Hammond's College Bound Scholarship Program. In doing so, Calumet College of St. Joseph urges the Indiana State Board of Accounts to reconsider their position on the propriety and value of this program.
Recent events have again highlighted the need to eliminate the death penalty.
Few events in the lives of ordinary citizens more aptly demonstrate the astonishing speed of change than the dynamic state of transit in Northwest Indiana.
It is well documented that Indiana's educational attainment level is one of the lowest in the country. Furthermore, during the last 25 years, our relative rank has not changed. The updated 2000 census placed Indiana at 46th out of the 50 states (plus the District of Columbia), and in 1980 we…
The area we call Northwest Indiana, much like Chicago, is made up of neighborhoods -- communities within communities, if you will.
Travel is, or should be, an educational experience. Not only does one get to see new geography, including interesting architecture, but if the travel is truly a broadening experience, one also draws much from the people who are encountered.
Porter County's support of the Regional Development Authority did more than begin a new era of economic growth for the region.
The news about transportation in Northwest Indiana is everywhere, and unfortunately, it's not all positive.
On behalf of the Regional Transportation Authority of Lake County, I want to thank those who worked tirelessly for a dedicated funding source for the RTA during the last of the General Assembly.
In its Preamble, the United States Constitution states that among its purposes, government is to "promote the general welfare."
President, Calumet College of St. Joseph,
It has long been recognized that Indiana's educational-attainment level is
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