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DOUG ROSS: Public deserves access to HR report

DOUG ROSS: Public deserves access to HR report

Can you imagine paying an expert nearly $25,000 for advice and then not being able to see what that advice is? You'd be furious, right?

September 20, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Could Indiana be presidential battleground?

DOUG ROSS: Could Indiana be presidential battleground?

Before Evan Bayh spoke at One Region's annual luncheon Wednesday, everyone was asking if the former senator and governor would announce whether he's going to run for governor in 2016. But that's wan't the right question.

September 14, 2014 9:00 am Related
DOUG ROSS: Same-sex married with children

DOUG ROSS: Same-sex married with children

When I heard about Thursday's two federal rulings on the legality of same-sex marriages, Jim and Paul immediately came to mind.

September 07, 2014 12:00 am Related
Bailly Homestead

Bailly Homestead

The corner of a log cabin at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Bailly Homestead.

September 05, 2014 5:49 pm
Bailly Homestead

Bailly Homestead

One of the log structures at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Bailly Homestead.

September 05, 2014 5:50 pm
Bailly Homestead

Bailly Homestead

Bailly Homestead, an Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore site, includes a variety of structures used by early white settlers in Northwest Indiana.

September 05, 2014 5:49 pm
Bailly Homestead

Bailly Homestead

The main house at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Bailly Homestead. Joseph Bailly was one of Northwest Indiana's earliest white settlers.

September 05, 2014 5:50 pm
DOUG ROSS: GOP shutting iron gates on Hoosiers

DOUG ROSS: GOP shutting iron gates on Hoosiers

News last week that Gov. Mike Pence's aides want to erect security gates at the Governor's Mansion in Indianapolis might not seem like a big deal to you, but it's a darn good analogy to what the Republican Party has been doing lately.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
Carl Strain

Carl Strain

Carl Strain, of Munster, discusses a book he has nearly completed about letters sent home by his father and two uncles during World War I.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

A letter home during World War I cost 3 cents to send.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

A letter home during World War I begins with the discussion of a fire at one of the Army camps.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

Evan Strain writes of his disdain for gambling in this letter. The soldiers' letters were handwritten, but later typed for easier reading.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

Carl Strain, of Munster, is writing a book about his family's letters home during World War I, but what the letters say isn't the only interesting part of the story.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Service stars

Service stars

Ethel Johns wore this pin with six stars in honor of her six sons who fought in World War II. Her son Hal Schell lives in Cedar Lake. Ethel was a U.S. Navy nurse during World War I.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
Chanute glider

Chanute glider

A replica of Octave Chanute's glider, which helped inspire the Wright brothers' famous first successful flight, seems to soar above the exhibit space at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond.

August 18, 2014 12:15 pm
Flick beckons movie fans all year

Flick beckons movie fans all year

Flick, the subject of a triple dog dare in "A Christmas Story," is captured in bronze at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. The statue attracts a stream of visitors all year who love Jean Shepherd's classic tale of life in Hammond in the 1940s.

August 18, 2014 12:09 pm
DOUG ROSS: A new lesson plan for Gary's schools

DOUG ROSS: A new lesson plan for Gary's schools

Gary Community School Corp. doesn't have a state-appointed babysitter, exactly, but it does have an Indiana Department of Education staffer, Daniel Bunderidge, on hand to offer more than a mere pat on the back. This arrangement will be worth watching.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Commissioners want to burden public, not workers

DOUG ROSS: Commissioners want to burden public, not workers

If this were Porter County's version of "Sesame Street," I'd be singing, "One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just isn't the same."

August 10, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL: Stopped trains stop first responders

EDITORIAL: Stopped trains stop first responders

A Norfolk Southern train approaches a crossing in rural Porter County. While this train kept moving, many have created safety hazards by blocking crossings in the region.

August 06, 2014 12:00 am
Birthday balloons

Birthday balloons

Birthday balloons are trapped under driftwood on the beach at the Portage Lakefront Park and Riverwalk.

August 05, 2014 11:40 am
DOUG ROSS: Government dysfunction continues to erode trust

DOUG ROSS: Government dysfunction continues to erode trust

Today's topic is government dysfunction, but this is not meant to be an exhaustive list. There's too much of it for that. Instead, let's look at three examples.

August 03, 2014 12:00 am
Sending a signal to the light of her life

Sending a signal to the light of her life

Mandy Courter, of Woodridge, lights a sky lantern on the beach in Beverly Shores last weekend as a signal to her late boyfriend.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Sending a signal to the light of her life

Sending a signal to the light of her life

Mandy Courter, of Woodridge, and about 15 of her friends gathered on the beach in Beverly Shores last weekend to launch 100 sky balloons as a signal to her late boyfriend.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Sending a signal to the light of her life

Sending a signal to the light of her life

Mandy Courter, of Woodridge, and about 15 of her friends gathered on the beach in Beverly Shores last weekend to launch 100 sky balloons as a signal to her late boyfriend.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Sending a signal to the light of her life

Sending a signal to the light of her life

Mandy Courter, of Woodridge, and about 15 of her friends gathered on the beach in Beverly Shores last weekend to launch 100 sky balloons as a signal to her late boyfriend.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Sending a signal to the light of her life

Sending a signal to the light of her life

Mandy Courter, of Woodridge, and about 15 of her friends gathered on the beach in Beverly Shores last weekend to launch 100 sky balloons as a signal to her late boyfriend.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Sending a signal to the light of her life

Sending a signal to the light of her life

Mandy Courter, of Woodridge, and about 15 of her friends gathered on the beach in Beverly Shores last weekend to launch 100 sky balloons as a signal to her late boyfriend.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Sending a signal to the light of her life

Sending a signal to the light of her life

Mandy Courter, of Woodridge, and about 15 of her friends gathered on the beach in Beverly Shores last weekend to launch 100 sky balloons as a signal to her late boyfriend.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Sending a signal to the light of her life

Sending a signal to the light of her life

Mandy Courter, of Woodridge, and about 15 of her friends gathered on the beach in Beverly Shores last weekend to launch 100 sky balloons as a signal to her late boyfriend.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Sending a signal to the light of her life

Sending a signal to the light of her life

Mandy Courter, of Woodridge, and about 15 of her friends gathered on the beach in Beverly Shores last weekend to launch 100 sky balloons as a signal to her late boyfriend.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Sending a signal to the light of her life

Sending a signal to the light of her life

Mandy Courter, of Woodridge, sends a sky lantern aloft from the beach in Beverly Shores last weekend as a signal to her late boyfriend, Mike Mueller, of Lisle.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Sending a signal to the light of her life

Sending a signal to the light of her life

Mandy Courter, of Woodridge, and about 15 of her friends gathered on the beach in Beverly Shores last weekend to launch 100 sky balloons as a signal to her late boyfriend.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Sending a signal to the light of her life

Sending a signal to the light of her life

Mandy Courter, of Woodridge, and about 15 of her friends gathered on the beach in Beverly Shores last weekend to launch 100 sky balloons as a signal to her late boyfriend.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Sending a signal to the light of her life

Sending a signal to the light of her life

Mandy Courter, of Woodridge, and about 15 of her friends gathered on the beach in Beverly Shores last weekend to launch 100 sky balloons as a signal to her late boyfriend.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Sending a signal to the light of her life

Sending a signal to the light of her life

Mandy Courter, of Woodridge, and about 15 of her friends gathered on the beach in Beverly Shores last weekend to launch 100 sky balloons as a signal to her late boyfriend.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Sending a signal to the light of her life

Sending a signal to the light of her life

Mandy Courter, of Woodridge, and about 15 of her friends gathered on the beach in Beverly Shores last weekend to launch 100 sky balloons as a signal to her late boyfriend.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Sending a signal to the light of her life

Sending a signal to the light of her life

Mandy Courter, of Woodridge, and about 15 of her friends gathered on the beach in Beverly Shores last weekend to launch 100 sky balloons as a signal to her late boyfriend.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Sending signals to the light of her life

Sending signals to the light of her life

Mandy Courter, of Woodridge, and about 15 of her friends gathered on the beach in Beverly Shores last weekend to launch 100 sky balloons as a signal to her late boyfriend.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Sending signals to the light of her life

DOUG ROSS: Sending signals to the light of her life

Mandy Courter and about 15 of her friends and family went to the beach in Beverly Shores last weekend to lift her spirits. Or rather, they went to lift sky lanterns toward her late boyfriend's spirit.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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DOUG ROSS: Lessons on life from beyond the grave

DOUG ROSS: Lessons on life from beyond the grave

My mother-in-law's July 11 death reinforced a few of my notions about life.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Offer fresh ideas to boost recycling

DOUG ROSS: Offer fresh ideas to boost recycling

Solid waste districts will be under the gun soon to boost recycling participation rates. It's embarrassing, frankly, how low they are in some areas.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am

BLOG: Coats complimented for crying

It's not often that a senator is congratulated for being reduced to tears, but it happened Wednesday to U.S. Sen. Dan Coats.

July 09, 2014 4:30 pm
Porter Memorial Hospital demolition

Porter Memorial Hospital demolition

The emergency room entrance of the former Porter Memorial Hospital crumbles during the 2013 demolition of the building on LaPorte Avenue in Valparaiso.

July 09, 2014 12:00 am
The Times Editorial Board agenda for 2014

The Times Editorial Board agenda for 2014

Northwest Indiana Regional Development funds helped pay for the Wolf Lake Pavilion in Hammond.

July 09, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Sierra Club isn't just blowing smoke

DOUG ROSS: Sierra Club isn't just blowing smoke

In Indiana, at least, it ain't easy being green.

July 06, 2014 12:00 am
The American flag

The American flag

The U.S. flag flies over military surplus gear.

July 04, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Put marriage ruling in political perspective

DOUG ROSS: Put marriage ruling in political perspective

Timing is everything. That's as true for politics and public policy as for everything else.

June 29, 2014 12:00 am
Downtown Chesterton

Downtown Chesterton

Downtown Chesterton

June 23, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: How much is an American life worth?

DOUG ROSS: How much is an American life worth?

How much is an American life worth? If that question doesn't make you squirm, there's something wrong with you.

June 22, 2014 12:00 am
BLOG: Where fossil fuels are rock stars

BLOG: Where fossil fuels are rock stars

Fossil fuels are the rock stars of Alaska, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming, at least as far as their governors are concerned.

June 16, 2014 3:30 pm Related
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