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DOUG ROSS: Region transplant addressing sexual assaults

DOUG ROSS: Region transplant addressing sexual assaults

State Rep. Christina Hale, D-Indianapolis, phoned me last week after reading The Times editorial on sexual assaults ("Better response to sexual assaults needed," April 7). She was excited to hear someone else cares deeply about the issue.

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DOUG ROSS: What would Unigov mean for Lake County?

DOUG ROSS: What would Unigov mean for Lake County?

Lake County has more municipalities, libraries, school districts and other units of local government than you can shake a stick at — and don't tell me you haven't been tempted.

April 11, 2014 12:00 am Video Related
DOUG ROSS: Mayor's vision doesn't stop at city limits

DOUG ROSS: Mayor's vision doesn't stop at city limits

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson has a lot of challenges within her city. But her vision doesn't stop at the city limits.

April 04, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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DOUG ROSS: Salesman-in-chief fires up vast sales staff

DOUG ROSS: Salesman-in-chief fires up vast sales staff

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence calls himself not just the state's commander-in-chief, but also "salesman-in-chief."

March 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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DOUG ROSS: After winning jackpot, how to invest it?

DOUG ROSS: After winning jackpot, how to invest it?

If you had won Tuesday's $400 million Mega Millions jackpot, how long would it take you to decide what to do with that money? I'm guessing it would take you a lot less time than for Porter County officials to reach a decision on the $140 million jackpot they received when they sold Porter Ho…

March 21, 2014 12:00 am Video
DOUG ROSS: Rail, ethics will move region forward

DOUG ROSS: Rail, ethics will move region forward

Two events this week show Northwest Indiana isn't satisfied with the status quo. It's moving forward, and everyone should get on board with these two movements.

March 14, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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DOUG ROSS: Calumet Twp.'s plight should inspire Pence

DOUG ROSS: Calumet Twp.'s plight should inspire Pence

Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin is running for re-election, but she's not running from controversy. Neither should Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

March 07, 2014 12:00 am Video
DOUG ROSS: Civil rights meet wrongs in Indiana, Arizona

DOUG ROSS: Civil rights meet wrongs in Indiana, Arizona

We're all in the same boat when it comes to civil rights, but some of the passengers are paddling backward.

February 28, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Two responses to legacy of government excess

DOUG ROSS: Two responses to legacy of government excess

Even as Chicago and Illinois talk about their legacy costs, meaning overly generous public pensions, Gary and Calumet Township are dealing with their own legacy of past poor decisions.

February 21, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Valpo Spring began with School Board action

DOUG ROSS: Valpo Spring began with School Board action

The weather didn't reflect it, but Valparaiso had its own Arab Spring moment last weekend.

February 14, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Business tax break could dunk Lake taxpayers

DOUG ROSS: Business tax break could dunk Lake taxpayers

If you're worried about footing the bill for eliminating the personal property tax for businesses, your misery has company.

February 07, 2014 12:00 am Related
DOUG ROSS: Roundabouts show how Costas turned Valpo around

DOUG ROSS: Roundabouts show how Costas turned Valpo around

Mayor Jon Costas and his administration have brought significant improvements to Valparaiso by creating a business plan for the city, presenting it to the citizens, tweaking it as needed, and sticking to it.

January 31, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Reform taxes, watch businesses invest again

DOUG ROSS: Reform taxes, watch businesses invest again

This week's theme, apparently, is taxes on businesses. Along with the continuing discussion in Indianapolis over personal property taxes for businesses, there has been discussion of other business taxes.

January 24, 2014 12:00 am

DOUG ROSS: Money talks, same-sex marriage talks, GOP balks

A potpourri can be either a medley of miscellaneous items or a mixture of flower petals and so forth used to make things smell better. Considering the topics for this column, maybe it's both.

January 17, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: If there's to be a fish fry, let's eat fish

DOUG ROSS: If there's to be a fish fry, let's eat fish

A major report on Asian carp came out this week, but it was buried by snow — along with everything else.

January 10, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Bad decisions can have fatal consequences

DOUG ROSS: Bad decisions can have fatal consequences

The Christmas Day death of a pregnant Calumet City teen in Dolton is not an isolated tragedy but part of a long string of bad decisions with tragic consequences.

January 03, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Sprucing up parks plants pride, responsibility

DOUG ROSS: Sprucing up parks plants pride, responsibility

December isn't the normal time to talk about parks. But this is the season of giving, and this column is about giving back to the community by cleaning up parks.

December 27, 2013 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Celebrate report's birthday by blowing off dust

DOUG ROSS: Celebrate report's birthday by blowing off dust

If the much-ballyhooed Porter County Jobs Cabinet report had a soundtrack, it most likely would include "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas. Just change the lyrics to "Dust on the Shelf."

December 20, 2013 12:00 am Related
DOUG ROSS: McDermott leads weigh, but not way, on Illiana

DOUG ROSS: McDermott leads weigh, but not way, on Illiana

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. threw his weight around Thursday, but it didn't land where he wanted.

December 13, 2013 12:00 am Video
DOUG ROSS: What sentence would fit Van Til's crimes?

DOUG ROSS: What sentence would fit Van Til's crimes?

Watching the reactions to former Lake County Surveyor George Van Til's guilty plea has been interesting. The comments I've read and heard say a lot about people's outlook on life, not just their political views.

December 06, 2013 12:00 am Video
DOUG ROSS: Tables have turned since first Thanksgiving dinner

DOUG ROSS: Tables have turned since first Thanksgiving dinner

With Thanksgiving fresh on our minds, this seems the perfect time to discuss immigration and related issues.

November 29, 2013 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: From Camelot, we've plunged into darkness

DOUG ROSS: From Camelot, we've plunged into darkness

The assassination of John F. Kennedy was a pivotal moment on which the world suddenly turned. How can we make it spin back?

November 22, 2013 12:05 am
DOUG ROSS: A lesson on education, Obamacare, politics

DOUG ROSS: A lesson on education, Obamacare, politics

Thursday's nwi.com Political Roundtable discussion dealt with Obamacare and K-12 education in Indiana. You might think of those two topics as completely separate discussions, but I see some parallels between them.

November 15, 2013 12:00 am Video Related
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
DOUG ROSS: What happened to an idea run up the flagpole

DOUG ROSS: What happened to an idea run up the flagpole

You might still be on a Halloween sugar buzz, but I spent this week thinking about Christmas. Specifically, I had a lot of memories of the movie, "A Christmas Story."

November 01, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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DOUG ROSS: A new college try for graduation rates

DOUG ROSS: A new college try for graduation rates

How many times have you heard people use the cliche, "Give it the old college try"? For college graduation rates, perhaps a new college try is in order.

October 18, 2013 12:00 am Video
DOUG ROSS: Could crime in Gary cue up Bayh-Pence rivalry?

DOUG ROSS: Could crime in Gary cue up Bayh-Pence rivalry?

When Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson asked Gov. Mike Pence for immediate assistance from the Indiana State Police, she didn't get what she expected.

October 11, 2013 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Republicans taking big gambles in Indiana, D.C.

DOUG ROSS: Republicans taking big gambles in Indiana, D.C.

Republicans are conservative, right? So why are they taking such big political risks in Congress and the Indiana Statehouse?

October 04, 2013 12:00 am Video
DOUG ROSS: Recapitalization is key concept for South Shore

DOUG ROSS: Recapitalization is key concept for South Shore

When U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky spoke forcefully Wednesday of "recapitalization and expansion of the South Shore," the word "recapitalization" stood out for me.

September 27, 2013 12:00 am Video
DOUG ROSS: Feds should launch Bennett investigation

DOUG ROSS: Feds should launch Bennett investigation

The latest allegations against former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett — that state computers and possibly staff were used for his campaign fundraising — sound like something that might have happened in Lake County.

September 20, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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DOUG ROSS: A decent proposal for new animal shelter

DOUG ROSS: A decent proposal for new animal shelter

The fur is really flying over the proposal to build an animal shelter at Sunset Hill Farm County Park.

September 13, 2013 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Pence wins battle, but war isn't over

DOUG ROSS: Pence wins battle, but war isn't over

Whether you agree with Obamacare or not, it's hard to argue with the notion that going to the emergency room for routine medical care is not a sensible policy. Believe it or not, however, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence suggested that option instead of free federal dollars for Medicaid expansion.

September 06, 2013 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: I'm dreaming, and you should too

DOUG ROSS: I'm dreaming, and you should too

Fifty years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. told the world, "I have a dream." This is a report card on that dream.

August 30, 2013 12:00 am Video
DOUG ROSS: Expect some schooling on college affordability

DOUG ROSS: Expect some schooling on college affordability

President Barack Obama and I talked about higher education Thursday -- not to each other, mind you, but at the same time.

August 23, 2013 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: 2 public corruption cases, 2 different sentences

DOUG ROSS: 2 public corruption cases, 2 different sentences

What's the going rate for public corruption?

August 16, 2013 12:00 am Related
DOUG ROSS: Take swift action against sexual assaults in military

DOUG ROSS: Take swift action against sexual assaults in military

Sexual assaults in the military have been in the news lately, but it's not a new issue. Troops' sexual appetites have plagued the military as long as anyone can remember.

August 09, 2013 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: It's harder to sing Bennett's praises now

DOUG ROSS: It's harder to sing Bennett's praises now

Tony Bennett did some good work when he was Indiana's superintendent of public instruction. But it's becoming apparent he did some really embarrassing things, too.

August 02, 2013 12:05 am
DOUG ROSS: Going to bat for gay rights evokes ERA memories

DOUG ROSS: Going to bat for gay rights evokes ERA memories

Hammond Councilman Bill Emerson persuaded his colleagues to pass a resolution that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity. If you think that sounds like a no-brainer, think again.

July 25, 2013 4:07 pm Related
DOUG ROSS: Gary turns to old ideas for new help

DOUG ROSS: Gary turns to old ideas for new help

This is a story of bipartisanship, of partnerships, of Bayh partnerships. It is a tale of helping the needy. And Gary needs help. In many forms.

July 19, 2013 12:00 am Related
DOUG ROSS: International ties boost Hoosier economy

DOUG ROSS: International ties boost Hoosier economy

Isolationists often cite President George Washington's Farewell Address, in which he warns of the dangers of "foreign entanglements." That advice no longer works. Indiana, not just the nation, is already intertwined with the world.

July 12, 2013 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Justice David could be chief contender

DOUG ROSS: Justice David could be chief contender

When Indiana turns 200 in 2016, Chief Justice Brent Dickson will be past his 75th birthday. Current state law requires justices to retire at age 75. So who will be the bicentennial chief justice?

July 05, 2013 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Court's answer on gay marriage raises more questions

DOUG ROSS: Court's answer on gay marriage raises more questions

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage, specifically the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's response raise complicated questions.

June 28, 2013 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Stefaniak preparing for bench, and benches

DOUG ROSS: Stefaniak preparing for bench, and benches

Were you surprised when Lake Criminal Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. announced at the last minute he was going to become the next Lake Juvenile Court judge? You're not alone.

June 21, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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DOUG ROSS: Primary motivation adds pressure for Republicans

DOUG ROSS: Primary motivation adds pressure for Republicans

There's a lot riding on the immigration reform proposals now before Congress, and not just for immigrants.

June 14, 2013 12:00 am Related
DOUG ROSS: My favorite story about Rudy Clay

DOUG ROSS: My favorite story about Rudy Clay

After Rudy Clay's death Tuesday afternoon, the memory of how Clay and Evan Bayh began working together rushed to the surface.

June 07, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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DOUG ROSS: Securing future is vital for bonds, youths

DOUG ROSS: Securing future is vital for bonds, youths

On June 12, House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President David Long hope to override Gov. Mike Pence's veto of House Enrolled Act 1546.

May 31, 2013 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Business in great shape; workforce needs work

DOUG ROSS: Business in great shape; workforce needs work

Indiana excels in pro-business policies, but the state's workforce policies need work.

May 24, 2013 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Droning on about unmanned aircraft

DOUG ROSS: Droning on about unmanned aircraft

Remember the George Gershwin tune, "Someone to Watch Over Me"? Start working on a techno version.

May 17, 2013 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Will voters buck at paying more bucks?

DOUG ROSS: Will voters buck at paying more bucks?

Who was the happiest person in Lake County Friday morning? I couldn't reach her by phone to verify this, but I'm pretty sure it was Christine Cid.

May 11, 2013 12:00 am
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