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"What should the U.S. do in response to Russia's invasion of Crimea?"

"What should the U.S. do in response to Russia's invasion of Crimea?"

Louis White, Gary | "We've got enough stuff going on over here ourselves, and in places like Afghanistan. We need to care for us here."

April 13, 2014 12:00 am
"What should the U.S. do in response to Russia's invasion of Crimea?"

"What should the U.S. do in response to Russia's invasion of Crimea?"

Lorraine Cates, Valparaiso | "Economic sanctions put on Putin's inner circle."

April 13, 2014 12:00 am
"What should the U.S. do in response to Russia's invasion of Crimea?"

"What should the U.S. do in response to Russia's invasion of Crimea?"

Thomas Campbell, East Chicago | "Stay out of it. Let them handle their own affairs. We have enough here to concern ourselves with. That's a simple fix."

April 13, 2014 12:00 am
"What should the U.S. do in response to Russia's invasion of Crimea?"

"What should the U.S. do in response to Russia's invasion of Crimea?"

Casey Gordon, Valparaiso | "I think that we should prepare in case they decide to invade us."

April 13, 2014 12:00 am
"What should the U.S. do in response to Russia's invasion of Crimea?"

"What should the U.S. do in response to Russia's invasion of Crimea?"

David Hedges, Valparaiso | "If the Crimeans want to go back to Russia, then let them do it. It should be with the what the majority wants."

April 13, 2014 12:00 am
"What should the U.S. do in response to Russia's invasion of Crimea?"

"What should the U.S. do in response to Russia's invasion of Crimea?"

Cecilio Pedroza, Merrillville | "I think we should stay out of it. Nobody jumped on our side when North Korea threatened us. We can't fix our own problems, and we're sending people over to Russia?"

April 13, 2014 12:00 am
"Should Indiana have rejected Common Core State Standards for Education?"

"Should Indiana have rejected Common Core State Standards for Education?"

Robert Brenner, Crown Point | "I think it's the worst idea. Florida did this same thing, and now its school system is in the crapper. The standards now are set up to give a better system of knowledge."

April 06, 2014 12:00 am
"Should Indiana have rejected Common Core State Standards for Education?"

"Should Indiana have rejected Common Core State Standards for Education?"

Juan Mitchell, Portage | "I think it's not a very good idea unless he's got something to back it up with."

April 06, 2014 12:00 am
"Should Indiana have rejected Common Core State Standards for Education?"

"Should Indiana have rejected Common Core State Standards for Education?"

Giovanni Laboy, Portage | "I don't think it makes sense. There has to be proof. He's got to show us what his ideas are."

April 06, 2014 12:00 am
"Should Indiana have rejected Common Core State Standards for Education?"

"Should Indiana have rejected Common Core State Standards for Education?"

Angelo Badiz, Chicago | "It has its pros and cons. The state knows best for its people. The federal government sometimes thinks it knows better, but they do consider, overall, all the other states."

April 06, 2014 12:00 am
"Should Indiana have rejected Common Core State Standards for Education?"

"Should Indiana have rejected Common Core State Standards for Education?"

Robert Hernandez, Hobart | "I don't think so. I think it's a bad idea. We should stick to the federal guidelines."

April 06, 2014 12:00 am
"Should Indiana have rejected Common Core State Standards for Education?"

"Should Indiana have rejected Common Core State Standards for Education?"

Latoya Carter, Merrillville | "If he's going to make it harder, it's going to affect the teachers. It might be more challenging to the kids, but if the teachers can't teach it then it won't matter."

April 06, 2014 12:00 am
"What is your favorite April Fool's story?"

"What is your favorite April Fool's story?"

Letica Walter, Crown Point | "The last time my daughter pulled a punch on me she called me and told me she had broken her arm. I got upset, but she told me April Fool's. Now I'm on guard on April Fool's Day so I don't fall for it."

March 30, 2014 12:00 am
"What is your favorite April Fool's story?"

"What is your favorite April Fool's story?"

Kara Dokupil, Sauk Village | "I put a stack of fake money in the walkway of a business district. In 15 minutes later, it all disappeared.

March 30, 2014 12:00 am
"What is your favorite April Fool's story?"

"What is your favorite April Fool's story?"

Leona Jurincic, Winfield | "I told my mother I was pregnant at 45. She was thrilled beyond belief, then I started to crack up. She was not so happy. It was April Fool's. What do you expect?"

March 30, 2014 12:00 am
"What is your favorite April Fool's story?"

"What is your favorite April Fool's story?"

Region views on April Fool's Day

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"What is your favorite April Fool's story?"

"What is your favorite April Fool's story?"

Christy Coffey, Justice | "I come from a very strict Baptist family, and getting pregnant unmarried is a real big deal So, I called my mother while my siblings were videotaping her, and I told her I was expecting a baby. She paused for a while, then started crying, I took it further and had …

March 30, 2014 12:00 am
"What is your favorite April Fool's story?"

"What is your favorite April Fool's story?"

Linda Popovich, Valparaiso | "My staff got four families together to decorate my house for Christmas, but is was April 1. Another time they tried to sell my new car by posting posters, with my work number listed, at a price of $3,000. I received calls all day asking about the car."

March 30, 2014 12:00 am
"What is your favorite April Fool's story?"

"What is your favorite April Fool's story?"

Dennis Keilman, Munster | "My buddy, every April Fool's, opens the phone book and picks someone at random to send a greeting card to. They usually just ask how things are going and if everything is OK."

March 30, 2014 12:00 am
"What do you do to prepare for spring?"

"What do you do to prepare for spring?"

Devida Zaklan, Hebron | "Decorate my long front porch and pick up all of the sticks in the front yard. I have the neighborhood kids help in cleaning the yard, so I provide hot dogs and have a fire to burn the sticks."

March 23, 2014 12:00 am
"What do you do to prepare for spring?"

"What do you do to prepare for spring?"

Bob Popovich, Valparaiso | "Put away my snow shovel."

March 23, 2014 12:00 am
"What do you do to prepare for spring?"

"What do you do to prepare for spring?"

Ted Terry, Valparaiso | "No. 1: Buy lures. I acquire as many as I can to fill my tackle box. I prepare for the track team, too."

March 23, 2014 12:00 am
"What do you do to prepare for spring?"

"What do you do to prepare for spring?"

Emma Roque, Richton | "How can we with the polar vortex coming?'

March 23, 2014 12:00 am
"What do you do to prepare for spring?"

"What do you do to prepare for spring?"

Loriann Mehmel, Munster | "Get all my plants together. We're going to try tomatoes and peppers on the balcony."

March 23, 2014 12:00 am
"What do you do to prepare for spring?"

"What do you do to prepare for spring?"

Kara Eger, St. John | "I go shopping for colorful outfits. I like purple and floral designs. Winter is dark with mostly grays and blacks. Spring is more colorful. People start to walk their dogs more, too."

March 23, 2014 12:00 am
"What do you do to prepare for spring?"

"What do you do to prepare for spring?"

Region views on spring

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"Is it important to celebrate holidays like St. Patrick's Day?"

"Is it important to celebrate holidays like St. Patrick's Day?"

Latoya Rivera, Merrillville | "For some, but not for me. But there are some holidays that I think are good, like Valentine's. It's about love, and it's romantic."

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
"Is it important to celebrate holidays like St. Patrick's Day?"

"Is it important to celebrate holidays like St. Patrick's Day?"

Julene Melendez, Portage | "I think so. It's celebrating a happy thing, and it's positive. It puts endorphins in your blood!"

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
"Is it important to celebrate holidays like St. Patrick's Day?"

"Is it important to celebrate holidays like St. Patrick's Day?"

Javier Melendez, Portage | "I think it is. This year with the winter we had, St. Patrick's is a holiday that looks forward to spring and the warm weather. It's also time to have a cold beer."

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
"Is it important to celebrate holidays like St. Patrick's Day?"

"Is it important to celebrate holidays like St. Patrick's Day?"

Ed Lozano, Cedar Lake | "Yes, it's great to celebrate everyone's heritage."

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
"Is it important to celebrate holidays like St. Patrick's Day?"

"Is it important to celebrate holidays like St. Patrick's Day?"

Carolyn Hooker, Homewood | "I think so. It depends on the holiday. It has significance to people. It's an opportunity to cultivate a tradition on certain holidays, making lifelong memories."

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
"Is it important to celebrate holidays like St. Patrick’s Day?”

"Is it important to celebrate holidays like St. Patrick’s Day?”

Cindy Oakley, Ottawa | "Yes, for several reasons. They're historical events. It's to celebrate people's heritage, it adds fun, and it makes us laugh and be happy."

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
"How would you rate President Obama's job performance?"

"How would you rate President Obama's job performance?"

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."

March 09, 2014 12:00 am
"How would you rate President Obama's job performance?"

"How would you rate President Obama's job performance?"

John Wagner, Dyer | "How low can you go? Obviously, I'm very disappointed by his performance."

March 09, 2014 12:00 am
"How would you rate President Obama's job performance?"

"How would you rate President Obama's job 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."

March 09, 2014 12:00 am
"How would you rate President Obama's job performance?"

"How would you rate President Obama's job performance?"

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."

March 09, 2014 12:00 am
"How would you rate President Obama's job performance?"

"How would you rate President Obama's job performance?"

John Lipschultz, Flossmoor | "What performance? I think he's useless. There's no possibility with him."

March 09, 2014 12:00 am
How would you rate President Obama's job performance?

How would you rate President Obama's job performance?

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."

March 09, 2014 12:00 am
"Should Indiana recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere?"

"Should Indiana recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere?"

Pauline Wilson, Steger | "I think they should. What a person does is their business. It really doesn't matter to me."

March 02, 2014 12:00 am
"Should Indiana recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere?"

"Should Indiana recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere?"

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."

March 02, 2014 12:00 am
"Should Indiana recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere?"

"Should Indiana recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere?"

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."

March 02, 2014 12:00 am
"Should Indiana recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere?"

"Should Indiana recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere?"

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."

March 02, 2014 12:00 am
"Should Indiana recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere?"

"Should Indiana recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere?"

Ryan Hodges, Dyer | "Yes. If they are able to get married in a separate state, then it should be recognized."

March 02, 2014 12:00 am
"Should Indiana recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere?"

"Should Indiana recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere?"

Sydney Fish, Schererville | "I think they should accept gay marriage all together. Let there be love!"

March 02, 2014 12:00 am
"Should gun buy-back programs, with the guns destroyed, continue?"

"Should gun buy-back programs, with the guns destroyed, continue?"

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."

February 23, 2014 12:00 am
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