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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.
With Thanksgiving fresh on our minds, this seems the perfect time to discuss immigration and related issues.
The assassination of John F. Kennedy was a pivotal moment on which the world suddenly turned. How can we make it spin back?
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.
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.
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."
If you were looking for passion Wednesday night, you could have found it at nwi.com.
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.
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.
Republicans are conservative, right? So why are they taking such big political risks in Congress and the Indiana Statehouse?
When U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky spoke forcefully Wednesday of "recapitalization and expansion of the South Shore," the word "recapitalization" stood out for me.
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.
The fur is really flying over the proposal to build an animal shelter at Sunset Hill Farm County Park.
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.
Fifty years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. told the world, "I have a dream." This is a report card on that dream.
President Barack Obama and I talked about higher education Thursday -- not to each other, mind you, but at the same time.
What's the going rate for public corruption?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
There's a lot riding on the immigration reform proposals now before Congress, and not just for immigrants.
After Rudy Clay's death Tuesday afternoon, the memory of how Clay and Evan Bayh began working together rushed to the surface.
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.
Indiana excels in pro-business policies, but the state's workforce policies need work.
Remember the George Gershwin tune, "Someone to Watch Over Me"? Start working on a techno version.
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.
This has been a big week for the convergence of taxes and politics — are those two ever separated? — in Northwest Indiana.
A key report on Northwest Indiana's economy Monday showed productivity is up, but not because more workers have been hired. In Northwest Indiana, at least, this seems to be the jobless recovery everyone has been worried about.
In recent weeks, I've been weaving around on U.S. 30, U.S. 421 and other highways. My driving would look suspicious to anyone who couldn't see I've been dodging potholes.
Ivy Tech Community College has merged the large northwest and north central regions in a cost-cutting move. The university has a nearly $60 million funding gap, according to Ivy Tech President Thomas Snyder.
It's often said that parents should be more involved in their children's education. I agree. But at the college level?
When my father was 16 years old, he dropped out of school and lied about his age so he could fight in the Korean War. I can imagine what he might say about what's happening in North Korea now, but I wouldn't repeat it in a family newspaper.
It makes sense that Lake County Democratic Party Chairman Thomas McDermott Jr., of all people, would be a strident liberal, eagerly embracing the party line on every issue. After all, Lake County is one of the most heavily Democratic counties in Indiana.
Two events this week spotlighted the importance of higher education in Northwest Indiana.
There's something eerie about writing about the federal budget for the Ides of March, considering all the political backstabbing going on right now. But there are good things happening in regard to the federal budget, too.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence insists a 10 percent income tax cut would create Hoosier jobs, which would make this tax cut pay for itself. His proposal hasn't had a warm welcome in the Indiana General Assembly, however.
Have you wondered which Republican senators President Barack Obama invited to tonight's high-profile but private dinner at the White House? One of them is a Hoosier.
Indiana, like other states, is trying to figure out how to comply with the federal law compelling states to expand Medicaid eligibility so more uninsured Americans get health care coverage. There's a catch, though, because states pay a portion of the cost of Medicaid.
Indiana legislators seem to be racing toward handing over state tax money to the Terre Haute company that owns the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This has irony written all over it.
President Barack Obama spoke of building bridges during his State of the Union address Tuesday, which ought to be popular in Northwest Indiana.
When USW District 7 Director Jim Robinson railed about pay disparities last month, he was talking about the private sector. If he thinks that system is broken, he should see what's happening in the public sector.
When U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Tuesday that he is stepping down, the political world focused on his status as the lone Republican still in President Barack Obama's first-term Cabinet. I focused on what this means for Northwest Indiana and the south suburbs.
If Congress and President Barack Obama were serious about wanting to stimulate the economy, the best thing they could do is end the uncertainty over taxes and spending. If you don't believe me, just listen to some local business leaders.
Whiting Mayor Joe Stahua is championing the Trust Local campaign for home rule that seems to be picking up steam among Indiana municipalities. It offers an opportunity for local government reform, but are the locals willing to pay that price?
This being the start of a new year, Porter County officials have a chance to start off on the right foot, right a few past wrongs, and set a good example for other counties.
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