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PHIL WIELAND: Big wind brings blowhard Wielando's annual visit

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.

December 28, 2012 12:00 am

PHIL WIELAND: Tea Party column generates another protest

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.

April 24, 2010 12:00 am

PHIL WIELAND: Tea Partiers need to rally around reality

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.

April 17, 2010 12:00 am

PHIL WIELAND: Indiana's policy on health care is sick

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.

April 03, 2010 12:00 am

PHIL WIELAND: 'Wichlinski Beats Obama' is no 'Dewey Beats Truman'

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.

March 27, 2010 12:00 am

PHIL WIELAND: Nothing noble about these knights

How can we defeat the foreign terrorists when we can't eliminate our own home-grown varieties of misguided morons?

February 20, 2010 12:05 am

PHIL WIELAND: Roundabout got you going in circles? Here's help

Valpo finally found someone who admits he likes the roundabout. He was immediately taken out and Tasered into a coma.

January 23, 2010 12:00 am

PHIL WIELAND: Bureau hopes U.S. will come to its census

An army of 3.8 million people is about to invade the nation, and it is taking no prisoners.

January 16, 2010 12:00 am

PHIL WIELAND: Valpo the first stop on the RDA PR tour

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.

January 09, 2010 12:00 am

PHIL WIELAND: Santa's in a tight spot to get toys to the tots

'Twas the night before Christmas and poor Santa's condition was grim.

November 28, 2009 12:00 am

PHIL WIELAND: RDA paranoia real or just Harperboly?

Greetings, wordsmiths. Today's vocabulary lesson is the word "harperboly."

September 26, 2009 12:00 am

Fair adds touch of class to the bathrooms

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.

July 30, 2009 12:00 am

Porter County Fair doesn't have everything -- yet

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.

July 29, 2009 12:00 am

Exhibit puts a new spin on energy savings

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.

July 28, 2009 12:00 am

PHIL WIELAND: Gen. Harper rattling his saber against RTA

The war against the proposed Regional Transportation Authority is on, and Porter County Commissioner Bob Harper has met the enemy. It is Valparaiso.

July 18, 2009 12:00 am

Valpo's roundabout could relieve official's Dyer concern

The great thing about roundabouts is the apparent plethora of "experts" to consult, most of whom offer advice for free.

May 23, 2009 12:00 am

Only the lawyers win in RDA dispute

At last! The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority is going to provide some meaningful economic stimulus in the region -- for the lawyers.

April 11, 2009 12:00 am

Will Whitten give bus riders the gate?

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.

January 17, 2009 12:00 am

Smoking ban Indiana's real pro-life issue

Get ready for the biggest batch of misleading and totally falsified information since the Bushies' build-up to the Iraq War.

December 20, 2008 12:00 am

These turkeys know nothing about cooking books

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?

November 29, 2008 12:00 am

Maybe the salty language will melt the snow

Remember the good old days when salt was cheap and gasoline was expensive?

November 15, 2008 12:00 am

Time to close door on open school concept

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.

October 18, 2008 12:00 am

The clash over land that goes splash

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.

October 11, 2008 12:00 am

Flood disaster includes mosquitoes, this rhyme

I think Ogden Nash was the first to decry

October 04, 2008 12:00 am

This might B-1 good idea for hospital cash

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.

August 09, 2008 12:00 am

Another Jose Reyes, another BMV ID problem

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.

May 24, 2008 12:00 am

License horror story thrown into reverse

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.

May 17, 2008 12:00 am

Tough to smoke out truth of ban

The Crown Point City Council is a bunch of tobacco weenies.

September 29, 2007 12:00 am

Less smiles, but more miles per gallon

I'm thinking of buying all my cars from Valparaiso University in the future.

July 21, 2007 12:00 am

Summer of Love hits far-out 40

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.

July 07, 2007 12:00 am

Is that popcorn or the smell of success

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.

June 16, 2007 12:00 am

Group wants to block run for the border

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.

February 06, 2007 12:00 am

Bryce is nice as gateway device

Why do communities do this?

January 24, 2007 12:00 am

Owed to a dysfunctional family X-mas

It's the day after Christmas and what's this I see?

December 26, 2006 12:00 am

We can see clearly now -- to eat

Some people just don't get it.

December 12, 2006 12:00 am

What's in a name? I forget

Immortality can be so fleeting.

November 14, 2006 12:00 am

Flag flap blown away by federal law

One place where the terrorists have not already won is Valparaiso's Timberbridge condominiums. Not as long as Tom Moore is around.

November 07, 2006 12:00 am

Want to be a legislator? Enact like one

By Pam Buhman's standards, I'd make a lousy legislator.

October 24, 2006 12:00 am

Surprise! Porter County not paradise

The things that surprise people are sometimes, well, surprising.

October 17, 2006 12:00 am

Rake them? Just leaf them alone

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.

October 10, 2006 12:00 am

Rules on starting terms need changed -- without delay

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?

September 26, 2006 12:00 am

Where there's smoke, there's death

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?

August 29, 2006 12:00 am

Time -- it passes so quickly

Connie Chung and I shared something very personal Sunday, and I'm not referring to us both being really bad singers.

August 22, 2006 12:00 am

Another Jordan makes a dramatic comeback

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | Break out a big can of cockles because we're going to warm 'em for you.

July 27, 2006 12:00 am

Fireworks law: Sssss. Booom! Bah, humbug

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:

July 11, 2006 12:00 am

Want security? Get a blanket, Linus

Most people wouldn't consider Sarah Garcia a terrorist, but she fits the definition as far as Susan Zivich is concerned.

July 04, 2006 12:00 am

Why Johnny shouldn't skip final exam

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.

June 20, 2006 12:00 am

Green box has woman seeing red

Leave it to the federal government to choose safety over landscaping.

April 04, 2006 12:00 am

Kouts plans to party like it's 2065

They like to plan ahead in Kouts -- 100 years ahead.

January 24, 2006 12:00 am

Making Toll Road leased of state's problems

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.

January 17, 2006 12:00 am
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