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GUEST COMMENTARY: NIRPC's agenda includes stifling critics

In February, I said the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission was letting the whole community down. Its historical lack of transparency and failure to engage residents in setting priorities and making decisions about taxpayer money was outrageous.

May 15, 2014 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why Everybody Counts is suing NIRPC

The issue between Everybody Counts and the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Authority is simple. NIRPC isn't complying with the terms of an agreement they signed in federal court, after a class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of people with disabilities throughout Lake County.

February 23, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: We challenge NIRPC to lead on public transit

GUEST COMMENTARY: We challenge NIRPC to lead on public transit

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission’s website states NIRPC “provides a forum that enables the citizens of Northwest Indiana to address regional issues relating to transportation, the environment and community, and economic development.” Unfortunately, that forum has certain…

August 13, 2013 10:51 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Winfield must provide police protection

I would like to set the record straight concerning the failure of the Winfield Town Council to comply with state law and provide 24/7 police protection.

September 28, 2010 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: New year brings new hope for community

The advent of a new year presents an opportunity to mark milestones of where we have been and where we intend to focus our vision for the future. For me, 2010 also marks the final year of my tenure as Lake County's sheriff. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity.

January 05, 2010 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Violent criminals go directly to jail

As a former Indiana state trooper, deputy prosecutor and as Lake County sheriff, I have spent my career championing public safety and security. I am grateful I have had the opportunity to oversee a jail that is a professionally run facility needed to incarcerate those who commit violent acts…

November 08, 2009 12:00 am

Lake sheriff's department continues to improve

As Lake County's sheriff for the past seven years, I have been guided by the need to bring about positive change, serve the public in responsible manner and carry out the duties of the office with the professionalism that residents of this county expect.

August 25, 2009 12:00 am

Hoosiers, unite to streamline government

Record numbers of voters from diverse ideological perspectives joined in expressing their sacred rights as citizens. Voters used the ballot box to state unequivocally that bipartisan cooperation, accountability and efficiency in government matter significantly.

November 16, 2008 12:00 am

Sheriff offers Halloween safety tips

There are many reasons to exercise safety as we celebrate Halloween. Recent incidents in Lansing and Chicago, where someone dressed as a clown tried to lure children by offering candy, raises the need to be extra careful. It is important that parents and children become aware of possible dan…

October 29, 2008 12:00 am

I have no choice but to foreclose properties

With the recent news coverage regarding the huge increase in foreclosures, it is important to understand the role of the sheriff throughout Indiana in these matters. Mortgage foreclosures are dictated by state law (IC 32-8-16-1), not an act done arbitrarily by the sheriff.

August 06, 2008 12:00 am

Releasing violent offenders jeopardizes safety of our citizens

I must object to the Lake County Board of Commissioners' approval to relocate more than 50 violent felons from state prisons into our community to help the Indiana Department of Correction relieve overcrowding in state prisons.

June 01, 2008 12:00 am

State, county must partner to create solutions, opportunities

When opportunities arise for government officials to work together in a positive manner, we must approach them with an open mind for the good of everyone.

February 21, 2008 12:00 am

Lake County Must Modernize and Streamline Government

With some adjustments to ensure local priorities, many of the 27 recommendations contained in the recently released Report on Reforming Local Government would provide valuable opportunities for Lake County to lessen taxpayer burdens.

January 02, 2008 12:00 am

Treat environmental crimes like others

Indiana's Constitution, statutes and Lake County ordinances empower the sheriff to enforce all laws. This is why I am astonished by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management threat to impose fines upon Lake County as a result of the sheriff department's decision to ensure the safety…

October 11, 2007 12:00 am

Treat environmental crimes like others

Indiana‘s Constitution, statutes and Lake County ordinances empower the sheriff to enforce all laws. This is why I am astonished by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management threat to impose fines upon Lake County as a result of the sheriff department's decision to ensure the safety…

October 01, 2007 12:00 am

Community must work together to find solutions

I often hear about our need to divert resources away from ineffective approaches in favor of more effective and cost-efficient solutions.

March 04, 2007 12:00 am

Environmental crimes hurt everyone

While visiting Lake County last week, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. opined that Gary and Northwest Indiana are along the most valuable shoreline in the United States. By itself, the intrinsic economic potential inferred by Kennedy's statement is enough to motivate us to become more aware of environm…

October 18, 2006 12:00 am

Good Government Initiative can benefit Lake County

Upon being asked by U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky and Local Government Academy Executive Director Ed Charbonneau to participate in the Good Government Initiative, I immediately welcomed the opportunity to assess the operational efficiency and ethical conformity of the Lake County Sheriff's Depart…

December 11, 2005 12:00 am
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