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Region views on national politics
Cynthia Bantista, East Chicago, | "I see progress, but I don't see as much as we expected. I think he's on his way to make things happen."
John Wagner, Dyer | "How low can you go? Obviously, I'm very disappointed by his performance."
Frank Terry, Portage | "He's the worst president in my memory. I'm 65; I remember Eisenhower. He hates America as it is and wants to change it fundamentally from what it is. It's going to get worse, too."
Diane Davis, Lake Station | "Terrible, especially with the way the health care situation is. It should have been done by voting, buy it if you want but not be forced by the government or dictated to."
John Lipschultz, Flossmoor | "What performance? I think he's useless. There's no possibility with him."
Shirley O'Neill, Valparaiso | "Fair. I like what he's done for health care, and he's good with foreign affairs. I think he could have done more with his second term and could be more powerful on immigration."
Pauline Wilson, Steger | "I think they should. What a person does is their business. It really doesn't matter to me."
Kunal Govani, Valparaiso | "Yes. I think it's a personal opinion on that. Government shouldn't have a say; it's a person's right. There's nothing wrong with being different."
Region views on same-sex marriages
Covin Yarnelle, Griffith | "We should legalize same-sex marriage in our own state because it's in direct conflict with the separation between church and state. Religious beliefs should not be involved."
Emil Govani, Valparaiso | "Indiana should be able to say whether they can marry or not. They should possess all of the civil rights as anyone else."
Ryan Hodges, Dyer | "Yes. If they are able to get married in a separate state, then it should be recognized."
Sydney Fish, Schererville | "I think they should accept gay marriage all together. Let there be love!"
Region views on gun control
Kimberly Penro, Merrillville | "I don't think so. I don't think they're destroying the guns. I think they might continue to get guns off the streets, but it's going to continue gun sales and distribution."
Brandon Shearer, Hobart | "I think it's a sham 'cause there's all kinds of people who want to buy them. I'm pro guns, but what they give you in the buy-back is ridiculous. Who's to say they destroy them anyway?"
Jen Okamura, Valparaiso | "There are automatic and miltary guns that people shouldn't own. Yes, keep them off the streets."
Sean Egan, Miller | "Yes, there are way too many guns are on the streets. They have got to get rid of as many as they can."
Jim Mollen, Valparaiso | Yes, they should. Anything to get guns off the street keeps more people alive. Those that would use guns would need to find other ways to do what they do."
Keith Wilson, Merrillville | "Yes. It could definitely stop the violence. We have to look for our future generation. We need to do it as fast as we can."
Allison Miller, Griffith | "Yes, absolutely. Everyone deserves the right to be happy."
Charles Wiggins, Chicago | "Yeah, why not? I'm not against it. I don't really have too much to say about it. As long as they don't hurt anyone. I'm a Christian, but I'm not perfect either."
Region views on civil unions
Paul Mitchell, Merrillville | "Yes, I don't see why not. Everyone should love anyone they want."
Geneva Gronda, Portage | "It doesn't matter to me. I'm not judgemental. I think everybody should have the right to marry."
Bernadette Shearer, Hobart | "Yes, everyone has the right to do what they want. It's no one's business, not government or church."
Trinia Bynum, Merrillville | "I'm neutral. I'm not for it or against it. People should do what they want to do as long as they're not hurting anybody else."
Ray McLaughlin, Miller | "I've been married for 30 years. Be on the beach in Hawaii, somewhere warm. Fine dining, massages and a great breakfast."
Region views on Valentine's Day
Nicholas Garibay, St. John | "My girlfriend takes me out to a new movie of my liking. We get tacos and watch TV all night. She does the driving, too."
Steve Denys, Chesterton | "Dinner and drinks somewhere romantic, like Lucrezia in Crown Point."
Heather Dempsey, Merrillville | "Dinner, movie, a romantic night together. I don't believe in Valentine's Day, though, because it's a made-up holiday."
Ashley Canan, Valparaiso | "It's hanging out with your craziest girlfriend and going out on the town. Not worring about being with anybody; it's not really about that."
Mellissa Hinshaw, Highland | "Even though it's overrated, it's good to be low-key and spend time at home. Simplicity at its finest."
Region views on the Super Bowl
Josh Wigboldy, St. John | "Hang out with friends and make Couch Stuffing. Couch Stuffing is a mix of corn starch, peanuts with caramel. You put it into a crock pot, then pull it apart and eat it. It's pretty good."
Sonny Stevens, Griffith | "Probably drink some beer and watch the game. Get some guys together and possibly win some money."
Quiana Harrison, Chicago | "My husband is having a big Super Bowl party. He has me cook and put out the chips and dips and stuff. I'm the host, basically."
Leslie Chavez, Hammond | "We hang out with family at the house. We have pizza and beer and enjoy each other. It's always nice to stay home with friends and family."
Miranda Peterson, St. John | "My aunts and uncles will be over to celebrate my birthday and enjoy a Super Bowl party that weekend. Usually we'll do sub sandwiches, something simple."
Andy Carrillo, Chesterton | "To have a ball with my wife. We'll stay home and have nachos and cheese dip. We'll crack a few nuts, too."
Mark Brown, Merrillville | "Passing the budget. It's a way to keep the economy running. Immigration: Allow those here now to stay, but we need jobs for Americans that are here."
Jennifer Symmes, Cedar Lake | "Fixing the economy. The minimum wage is too low. Consumer pricing is too high. Bring jobs back to America."
Danielle Costello, Dyer | "Health care. People need more health care. It would be nice to have money set aside for school to help people who can't afford the full tuition. The minimum wage should be the same as in Illinois, around $9. People aern't making enough to pay their bills."
Jan Balkema, Dyer | "Budget, agreeing on a budget. Immigration issues as well. I'd like to see the immigrants become citizens. I think we have a wonderful mix of cultures. We shouldn't make it so hard to become a citizen."
Region views on congressional priorities
Brian Welsh, Portage | "Work on building a better health care system other than what Obama is trying to do. Worry about us more here and raise the minimum wage."
Jeremiah Wilk, Lowell | "Getting the budget under control. Politicians shouldn't worry about pleasing themselves but focus on the public and public spending. They aren't listening to the public as much as they should."
Rebecca Rodgers, St. John | "No. I was 10 then, and I wasn't paying for school or gas. I didn't have to work. It was less stressful then."
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