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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: State constraints limit local government innovation

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: State constraints limit local government innovation

Jim Collins, author of the highly praised "Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't," has written a companion monograph that applies to the “social sectors” — government and nonprofits. Some of his insights are very instructive.

June 15, 2014 7:57 pm
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Qualities to seek in candidates for public office

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Qualities to seek in candidates for public office

While I affirm the merit of reforming the structures of government, the single most effective reform is in whom we select to serve us in it.

January 12, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Income tax could help fund regional needs

The most imaginative, the most commendable policymaking often begins with: "What if?"

November 03, 2013 12:00 am

Highland focuses on redevelopment, quality of life

Highland is one of the many communities that contributes to what is right in the region. As a 102-year-old incorporated community, Highland is finding new life pursuing redevelopment and economic development as well as reinvesting in its quality of life resources cherished by residents and n…

March 17, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Regionalization would work well for some services

The current funding debate regarding the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority and the transition in leadership at the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission makes me think anew of regional approaches to governance.

January 13, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: A government of results: Making results and reporting them

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: A government of results: Making results and reporting them

One of the best business card titles I have ever encountered belongs to Leanne Hoagland-Smith. She is an author and business process consultant whose card reads: “Chief Results Officer.”

August 12, 2012 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Government should heed Apple philosophy

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Government should heed Apple philosophy

Walter Isaacson's compelling biography of Steve Jobs is difficult to put down. It is at once a study of innovation, a chronicle of the nascent period of the information economy and a case study of one of America's great companies, Apple.

February 19, 2012 12:00 am
Clerk takes oath for sixth term

Clerk takes oath for sixth term

Highland Clerk-treasurer Michael Griffin, right, who begins his sixth four-year term Jan. 1, took the oath of office Dec. 20 at the U.S. Courthouse in Hammond, administered by U.S. District Judge Jon DeGuilio, left. "Well before he assumed the bench, Judge DeGuilio was especially encouraging…

December 28, 2011 12:00 am

Public servants need to take time for introspection

I always think about the nature of public service, and what we may be seeking in our public servants. Lately it has been on my mind a great deal more. As an elected official, it is important to remain in touch with the reasons I first entered public life, and whether those reasons still pert…

September 17, 2006 12:00 am

A new budget mind-set for local government officials

David "Reinventing Government" Osborne and Peter Hutcheson have written a book that seems suited to Northwest Indiana's growing concern for government efficiency.

April 02, 2006 12:00 am

Real reform requires voters who choose well

I commend U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky's Good Government Initiative, partnering with private donors to support efficiency studies for local government.

October 30, 2005 12:00 am

Tax-base sharing with Cabela's as an example

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. makes a commendable but yet unrealized effort to locate Cabela's -- a unique sports concept retailer -- to Hammond. Next, with Cabela's a possible free agent, Portage, Crown Point and Hobart all make competing overtures to lure the retailer to their jurisdi…

May 08, 2005 12:00 am

Lake County entities are already working to cut governmental costs

Highland Clerk-Treasurer

March 19, 2000 12:00 am

Precepts for public service theory and practice

I have been thinking about local government lately -- even more than I usually

August 08, 1999 12:00 am

Opti-Gov is the optimal solution to regional problems

Highland Clerk-Treasurer

November 08, 1998 12:00 am

Editorial advisory board. Local governments must always

"Democracy," Reinhold Niebuhr once wrote, "is a method of finding

July 21, 1996 12:00 am
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