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GUEST COMMENTARY: Governor’s blockade hurts working Hoosiers

GUEST COMMENTARY: Governor’s blockade hurts working Hoosiers

Preposterous, I say. That the Indiana attorney general is making this argument against the interests of more than 155,000 middle class Hoosiers is indeed part of the theater of the absurd. It might be funny if it were not tragic. Here is the scenario.

September 07, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Follow money on Pence's education moves

GUEST COMMENTARY: Follow money on Pence's education moves

The executive order issued by the governor’s office creating the new Center for Education and Career Innovation signals a new paradigm in state government. This order states that because the Legislature gave the governor certain appointments on various board members (e.g., the State Board of…

November 29, 2013 12:00 am Photos


GUEST COMMENTARY: Feds responsive to businesses' health care concerns

Many have questioned a recent announcement by the Obama administration to delay the “employer mandate” portion of the Affordable Care Act until 2015. Some wonder how the decision will affect their business or access to health care insurance. President Barack Obama’s decision reflects an unde…

July 15, 2013 11:27 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Voucher proponents showed true colors

GUEST COMMENTARY: Voucher proponents showed true colors

This month, champions of the “limited” private school voucher system showed their true colors.

April 21, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Four NWI WorkOne offices to relocate

GUEST COMMENTARY: Four NWI WorkOne offices to relocate

Faced with ongoing funding reductions, four of the 12 job assistance offices in the region have been targeted for change. Local leaders have been working to maintain the services — in the same local communities — while reducing operating costs. The result is that four Northwest Indiana stand…

July 13, 2012 12:00 am Photos


GUEST COMMENTARY: Three reasons to oppose right-to-work

Reason one: Imagine you retired and bought a beautiful condo in your chosen spot. Gardeners take care of the lawn. You don't own a mower. The pool is pristine. You have a nice life, and in exchange you pay some dues to the condo association for taking care of your needs.

July 28, 2011 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Don't put DWD in charge of adult ed

I disagree with The Times' editorial Monday regarding the transfer of adult education to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. It misses some very important points.

June 06, 2010 12:00 am

Regional transportation district compromise worth the work

As it was sent over from the House of Representatives, House Bill 1607 requested an appropriation of about $53 million for the Northwest Indiana Commuter Transportation District. This money was to be used for a rerouting project in South Bend, a track project in Michigan City, and first-stag…

April 08, 2009 12:00 am

Portage Township trustee's actions are disheartening

As attorney for a former Portage Township trustee, I am familiar with the operations of that office. As a state legislator, I now find it extremely interesting that the Portage Township trustee is taking a certain course of action at the Bonner Center, at the same time that some folks are ca…

January 13, 2009 12:00 am

Demand, invasive species risk health of Great Lakes

Public awareness about maintaining the integrity of the Great Lakes has been boosted by the talk about the BP discharge permits. The recent storms that resulted in sewage discharge, up and down Lake Michigan, have also been a factor.

September 09, 2007 12:00 am

Flip side of Major Moves story

Recently, Gov. Mitch Daniels traveled the state, including stops in Northwest Indiana, to talk about his Major Moves road privatization plan. By touting all the road construction that will supposedly result from the 75-year lease of the Indiana Toll Road, the governor hopes to rewrite histor…

May 30, 2006 12:00 am

Thode claims comfortable victory over Tallian

"The voters are happy with the way Porter County operates and how frugal we are with our money, our limited money and how efficiently we work and my staff works," Thode said.

November 08, 2000 12:00 am
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