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It's an ill wind that blows no good, and this week's storm blew in the no-goodest prognosticator of them all: The Amazing Wielando.
Reactions to last week's column about the Tea Partiers was pretty evenly split between those who thought I was a bonehead and those who thought I was a complete idiot.
The Tea Party rallies in Valpo and Crown Point remind us of the importance of free speech, even if the speech has no basis in reality.
Every year Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, tries to pass a law banning smoking in most public places, and every year, like his comic strip namesake, the legislative Lucys snatch the ball away and laugh when he falls flat on his backside.
The Republicans should have a virtual elephant stampede of candidates eager to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012, but they need look no further than former Porter Township Trustee Bob Wichlinski.
How can we defeat the foreign terrorists when we can't eliminate our own home-grown varieties of misguided morons?
Valpo finally found someone who admits he likes the roundabout. He was immediately taken out and Tasered into a coma.
An army of 3.8 million people is about to invade the nation, and it is taking no prisoners.
The selling of the Regional Development Authority in Porter County kicks into high gear this month, and for once Gov. Mitch "Mitch" Daniels is not the salesman.
'Twas the night before Christmas and poor Santa's condition was grim.
Greetings, wordsmiths. Today's vocabulary lesson is the word "harperboly."
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | Who can blame the Porter County Fair for putting on airs? And I'm not referring to the air emanating from the manure bins behind the cattle barn.
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | It's hard to believe that a fair that offers entertainment as vast and varied as the Balloon-A-Tics, the Midway of Magic and Mike and His Trike could possibly have overlooked anything to entice the public, except a cure for zucchini.
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | The Porter County Fair is advertising itself as more eco-friendly, which doesn't mean it is recycling the same entertainment. At least, not entirely.
The war against the proposed Regional Transportation Authority is on, and Porter County Commissioner Bob Harper has met the enemy. It is Valparaiso.
The great thing about roundabouts is the apparent plethora of "experts" to consult, most of whom offer advice for free.
At last! The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority is going to provide some meaningful economic stimulus in the region -- for the lawyers.
Dan Whitten says he has an open mind about funds for Valparaiso's V-Line and the ChicaGo Dash, but some city leaders are worried it's so open his brain might have fallen out.
Get ready for the biggest batch of misleading and totally falsified information since the Bushies' build-up to the Iraq War.
Does Valparaiso have a recipe for cooking the books for the V-Line ridership, and would it be better for those who think so to serve those books with a white or a red whine?
Remember the good old days when salt was cheap and gasoline was expensive?
When the "open school" concept first came up, I have to admit it seemed like a good idea at the time, the time being when the school was in a cave where we studied fire and Making Sharp Sticks 101.
Land use is a tricky thing. Everybody believes they should have the right to do whatever they want with their property. They just don't want the guy next door to do whatever he wants with his property.
I think Ogden Nash was the first to decry
We all should have the problem Porter County officials have of figuring out what to do with $169 million. Personally, I'd use it for a down payment on a full tank of gas.
I originally intended to write two columns about the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles' difficulties with identities. I added a third column because the stories were just too good not to share. I promise four will be enough.
The driver's license dilemma involving Jose Reyes, which we have discussed in the past two weeks' columns, often elicits two types of reader responses.
The Crown Point City Council is a bunch of tobacco weenies.
I'm thinking of buying all my cars from Valparaiso University in the future.
It seems odd the media are playing up the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love, but I guess, if they wait for the more logical 50th anniversary to commemorate it, no one would remember it.
Getting armor for the troops in Iraq or proper medical care for the ones back here is only slightly more difficult than getting a popcorn machine shipped to soldiers in Afghanistan.
Many people in Porter County are concerned about the problem of unwanted intruders pouring over the border, not from Mexico into the U.S. but from anywhere into Porter County.
Why do communities do this?
It's the day after Christmas and what's this I see?
Some people just don't get it.
Immortality can be so fleeting.
One place where the terrorists have not already won is Valparaiso's Timberbridge condominiums. Not as long as Tom Moore is around.
By Pam Buhman's standards, I'd make a lousy legislator.
The things that surprise people are sometimes, well, surprising.
As the trees don their autumn wardrobe of reds, golds, browns and that ugly dark shade that might be black or purple or whatever, I can at last look forward to the end of yard work.
Mark Oprisko asked a question that's been on my mind, and I don't mean: If East Chicago gave an election and nobody came, would they still have vote fraud?
What does it take to convince elected officials that smoking should be banned in public places when the fact it kills people isn't enough?
Connie Chung and I shared something very personal Sunday, and I'm not referring to us both being really bad singers.
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | Break out a big can of cockles because we're going to warm 'em for you.
If your ears are still ringing, you still have the smell of gunpowder in your nose and your pets haven't come out from under the bed since July 4, here are some names to remember:
Most people wouldn't consider Sarah Garcia a terrorist, but she fits the definition as far as Susan Zivich is concerned.
A few years ago, a report called "Why Johnny Can't Read" created quite a stir. I haven't read the report because, like Johnny, I'm waiting for the movie and the video game version.
Leave it to the federal government to choose safety over landscaping.
They like to plan ahead in Kouts -- 100 years ahead.
Everything is so expensive today that leasing has become a popular option for even the items families find it hard to be without. Cars. Furniture. Toll roads.
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