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GUEST COMMENTARY: Military, veterans deserve never-ending gratitude

GUEST COMMENTARY: Military, veterans deserve never-ending gratitude

The men and women of the U.S. military make huge sacrifices to protect our freedoms. To make sure we never forget that fact, Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month.

May 09, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Legislators will study environmental rules bill

GUEST COMMENTARY: Legislators will study environmental rules bill

Recently, The Times Editorial Board came out in opposition to House Bill 1143, which is more commonly known as the “no more stringent than” environmental bill. This proposed legislation would prohibit the Indiana Environmental Rules Board from adopting a rule or standard that is more stringe…

February 26, 2014 12:00 am
Wide-ranging, noteworthy issues on tap for upcoming legislative session

Wide-ranging, noteworthy issues on tap for upcoming legislative session

Later this month, “Organization Day,” the ceremonial start to the 2014 legislative session, will take place. No bills are introduced and no votes are cast until January, but legislators have been working all summer studying a range of issues affecting Indiana residents.

November 25, 2013 3:58 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana must plan for water protection

GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana must plan for water protection

Bordering Lake Michigan, Northwest Indiana is blessed with abundant water resources. Water accessibility promotes community health, stability and economic development. Unfortunately, not all parts of Indiana have this vital resource at their fingertips.

November 17, 2013 12:00 am
Continued fiscal responsibility a priority for budget session

Continued fiscal responsibility a priority for budget session

In Indiana, our system of government is comprised of three branches — an executive branch, a judicial branch and a part-time legislature. For taxpayers, this means less money is spent on legislators’ salaries and staff, while more money is spent on essential government services. For lawmaker…

November 20, 2012 11:49 am
From Both Sides of the Aisle at the General Assembly - A Senate Republican

From Both Sides of the Aisle at the General Assembly - A Senate Republican

Back in December we invited NWI legislators from the House and the Senate to share their thoughts about the upcoming legislative session, here is what they said. 

January 15, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Short session can be long on results

Short session can be long on results

A legislative session that could have been a disaster turned out to be historic, thanks in part to an Indiana Senate that stayed on the job and focused on pro–job, pro–growth policies.

November 22, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Summer is the Growing Season for State Senators

Summer is the Growing Season for State Senators

Summer in Indiana is the growing season for state senators. Throughout the long summer months when the legislature is not in session full time, lawmakers are gathering seeds in the form of new legislative ideas and working to cultivate those seeds into effective policies benefitting Hoosiers.

July 24, 2011 9:04 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: 2011 session is one for history books

Each session of the Indiana General Assembly has a personality of its own; it's simply never the same. The 2011 session was no different and can be, in fact, considered one for the history books.

May 21, 2011 12:00 am
Record number of retirees will be a ‘dose of reality'

Record number of retirees will be a ‘dose of reality'

A record number of Americans will be eligible to retire next year, putting an unprecedented amount of stress on our nation's health-care system and challenging many social service programs, businesses and units of government. Whether or not these "golden years" are tarnished by out-of-contro…

November 22, 2010 12:00 am

Health care advisor: Indiana needs more family physicians

Health care in many different forms is being discussed in the Statehouse this legislative session.

March 15, 2009 12:00 am

Extra impetus to thank those in armed forces

I love Thanksgiving Day. While I thank God every day for his many blessings, Thanksgiving is a day, to stop, reflect and offer a special prayer of gratitude. This year the day took on some added meaning because of two recent experiences.

November 27, 2007 12:00 am

Radical reforms necessary to fix property tax woes

It's time to stop pointing fingers and blaming others for the current property tax mess. It took years to get us to this point and there is certainly plenty of blame to go around. As the search for a solution continues, it's clear that it will take a collaborative approach to find the ultima…

October 07, 2007 12:00 am

Now is time for vision on Gary's hospital

Over the last year I have gained an understanding of and appreciation for some of the realities of operating a community hospital with two campuses, one in an inner city and the other in a more suburban setting. Here are a few:

April 22, 2007 12:00 am

One positive, one negative outcome for area

In case you hadn't noticed, the election is over. Whether your candidates won or lost, the best news might be simply that it's over.

November 12, 2006 12:00 am

Candidates, pledge to support effective government

The Compact with Voters of Lake County is a common-sense next step in our ongoing efforts to improve the delivery of government services in Northwest Indiana.

January 29, 2006 12:00 am

Region begins to think like a unified region

Five years ago this month, a study, "Transforming the Economy of Northwest Indiana," was released. The study emphasized the fact that Northwest Indiana was seemingly incapable of working together; unable to think and act as an interdependent economic unit.

December 11, 2005 12:00 am

Government initiative needs to begin now

Imagine if someone were to tell you that your local government had the opportunity to conduct a cost-free, independent evaluation of their operations that would result in more efficient, higher-quality services and lower taxes.

March 06, 2005 12:00 am

New tech center is key component of job creation

Employment statistics over the last 20 years provide some unusual advice for economic development gurus: if you want to win big, you have to think small, at least when it comes to job creation.

January 02, 2005 12:00 am
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