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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.
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."
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.
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.
My mother-in-law's July 11 death reinforced a few of my notions about life.
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.
In Indiana, at least, it ain't easy being green.
Timing is everything. That's as true for politics and public policy as for everything else.
How much is an American life worth? If that question doesn't make you squirm, there's something wrong with you.
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.
Social conservatives and Planned Parenthood have clashed for decades, especially in Indiana. The tactics have included limiting access to Planned Parenthood services and cutting off government funding.
Early childhood education is important to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. He devoted five paragraphs on that subject in his State of the State speech Jan. 14. He even took the rare step of testifying at an Indiana Senate committee hearing on legislation that would implement his idea of a voucher-ba…
When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced he didn't plan to spend the money to meet federal standards for prisons, I was surprised. Lake County is spending millions to get out from under the federal consent decree requiring improvements at the Lake County Jail.
Silas Sconiers says he wants nothing more than to sit on the shore, or maybe a pier, and catch fish from Lake Michigan.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's plan to expand Medicaid, but under his terms rather than the federal government's, is getting early praise. It's better than nothing, but it's not the best it could be.
Tuesday's primary election proved Porter County isn't the paradise many public officials believe it to be.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is a zealot when it comes to state's rights. No wonder he supports a change in the way U.S. senators are chosen.
The oft-cited but still impressive statistic is that more steel is made in two counties — Lake and Porter — than in any other entire state.
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.
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.
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson has a lot of challenges within her city. But her vision doesn't stop at the city limits.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence calls himself not just the state's commander-in-chief, but also "salesman-in-chief."
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…
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.
Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin is running for re-election, but she's not running from controversy. Neither should Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
We're all in the same boat when it comes to civil rights, but some of the passengers are paddling backward.
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.
The weather didn't reflect it, but Valparaiso had its own Arab Spring moment last weekend.
If you're worried about footing the bill for eliminating the personal property tax for businesses, your misery has company.
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.
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.
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.
A major report on Asian carp came out this week, but it was buried by snow — along with everything else.
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.
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.
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."
Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. threw his weight around Thursday, but it didn't land where he wanted.
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.
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