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JON COSTAS: Build bridges; region only as strong as its weakest links

JON COSTAS: Build bridges; region only as strong as its weakest links

The term “Regionalism” can, and often does, provoke a variety of emotional responses from residents of Northwest Indiana. We are a region of communities breathtakingly diverse and often politically and socially balkanized. Thus, our ability to form a unified vision for Northwest Indiana, let…

March 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos


Celebrate vibrant, visionary Valparaiso

Celebrate vibrant, visionary Valparaiso

In Valparaiso, we have so much to celebrate in the way we work and play and live each day.

March 10, 2013 12:00 am Photos


GUEST COMMENTARY: Region full of effective bridge builders

GUEST COMMENTARY: Region full of effective bridge builders

Along the Indiana Toll Road, just west of Gary, stretches the expansive American Bridge Co. site.

February 19, 2012 12:00 am Photos


GUEST COMMENTARY: Valparaiso is going places with public transportation

On my way to City Hall, I drove in behind one of our city's V-Line buses. It made me smile because our city has traveled many miles in the public transportation lane, and I'm delighted to see how far it's taken us.

July 17, 2011 12:00 am

Base colleges' funding on their performance

In my volunteer/civic capacity, I serve on the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. I see a real opportunity for our Legislature to demonstrate leadership in decisions about how higher education will be funded.

April 13, 2009 12:00 am

Getting there, or maybe not, is at least half the fun

Is life about the journey or the destination? This is a perplexing question that sages and philosophers have been struggling with since the dawn of civilization.

June 29, 2008 12:00 am

Commuter bus service will prime pump for trains

As we think about our plans to launch a commuter bus service to Chicago, I am reminded that transportation is an issue that affects a lot of other issues.

December 16, 2007 12:00 am

Embracing change is wiser than bracing for it

"Nothing endures but change."

December 03, 2006 12:00 am

Investing in infrastructure pays dividends

"When you gonna wake up and strengthen the things that remain?"

August 13, 2006 12:00 am

Chesterton would benefit from having a mayor

Back in the mid 1970s, the Valpo/Chesterton sports rivalry was at a fever pitch. Back then, I was a VHS student athlete (mediocre on both counts) who lived for the days that we beat "Cheesetown" on the football field or basketball court. We made no bones about it: Their pain was our gain.

April 23, 2006 12:00 am

Encourage public debate on future of Porter Hospital

If I were asked to choose one single institution that will have the greatest impact on Porter County's future, I would not hesitate before giving my answer: Porter, our county hospital. For myriad reasons, the success of Porter is of the utmost importance to Porter County citizens.

January 01, 2006 12:00 am

Governments must use eminent domain wisely

When is it appropriate and fair for government to use its eminent domain power to obtain land for public purposes?

July 17, 2005 12:00 am
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