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DOUG ROSS: Lessons on life from beyond the grave

DOUG ROSS: Lessons on life from beyond the grave

My mother-in-law's July 11 death reinforced a few of my notions about life.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Offer fresh ideas to boost recycling

DOUG ROSS: Offer fresh ideas to boost recycling

Solid waste districts will be under the gun soon to boost recycling participation rates. It's embarrassing, frankly, how low they are in some areas.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Sierra Club isn't just blowing smoke

DOUG ROSS: Sierra Club isn't just blowing smoke

In Indiana, at least, it ain't easy being green.

July 06, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Put marriage ruling in political perspective

DOUG ROSS: Put marriage ruling in political perspective

Timing is everything. That's as true for politics and public policy as for everything else.

June 29, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: How much is an American life worth?

DOUG ROSS: How much is an American life worth?

How much is an American life worth? If that question doesn't make you squirm, there's something wrong with you.

June 22, 2014 12:00 am
BLOG: Where fossil fuels are rock stars

BLOG: Where fossil fuels are rock stars

Fossil fuels are the rock stars of Alaska, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming, at least as far as their governors are concerned.

June 16, 2014 3:30 pm Related
DOUG ROSS: How conservatives could fight Planned Parenthood

DOUG ROSS: How conservatives could fight Planned Parenthood

Social conservatives and Planned Parenthood have clashed for decades, especially in Indiana. The tactics have included limiting access to Planned Parenthood services and cutting off government funding.

June 14, 2014 8:15 pm Video
DOUG ROSS: What Indiana is learning about preschool funding

DOUG ROSS: What Indiana is learning about preschool funding

Early childhood education is important to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. He devoted five paragraphs on that subject in his State of the State speech Jan. 14. He even took the rare step of testifying at an Indiana Senate committee hearing on legislation that would implement his idea of a voucher-ba…

June 08, 2014 12:00 am Video
DOUG ROSS: Indiana won't free money to protect jailed kids

DOUG ROSS: Indiana won't free money to protect jailed kids

When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced he didn't plan to spend the money to meet federal standards for prisons, I was surprised. Lake County is spending millions to get out from under the federal consent decree requiring improvements at the Lake County Jail.

June 01, 2014 12:00 am Related
DOUG ROSS: Angler casting around for fishing spot in Gary

DOUG ROSS: Angler casting around for fishing spot in Gary

Silas Sconiers says he wants nothing more than to sit on the shore, or maybe a pier, and catch fish from Lake Michigan.

May 23, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Patient cost is sore point in Pence's Medicaid plan

DOUG ROSS: Patient cost is sore point in Pence's Medicaid plan

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's plan to expand Medicaid, but under his terms rather than the federal government's, is getting early praise. It's better than nothing, but it's not the best it could be.

May 16, 2014 12:00 am Video
DOUG ROSS: Incumbents scolded, bureaucrat meets autocrat

DOUG ROSS: Incumbents scolded, bureaucrat meets autocrat

Tuesday's primary election proved Porter County isn't the paradise many public officials believe it to be.

May 09, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: State's rights shouldn't come at Hoosiers' expense

DOUG ROSS: State's rights shouldn't come at Hoosiers' expense

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is a zealot when it comes to state's rights. No wonder he supports a change in the way U.S. senators are chosen.

May 02, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: There's a world outside NWI's steel walls

DOUG ROSS: There's a world outside NWI's steel walls

The oft-cited but still impressive statistic is that more steel is made in two counties — Lake and Porter — than in any other entire state.

April 25, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Region transplant addressing sexual assaults

DOUG ROSS: Region transplant addressing sexual assaults

State Rep. Christina Hale, D-Indianapolis, phoned me last week after reading The Times editorial on sexual assaults ("Better response to sexual assaults needed," April 7). She was excited to hear someone else cares deeply about the issue.

April 18, 2014 12:00 am Video
DOUG ROSS: What would Unigov mean for Lake County?

DOUG ROSS: What would Unigov mean for Lake County?

Lake County has more municipalities, libraries, school districts and other units of local government than you can shake a stick at — and don't tell me you haven't been tempted.

April 11, 2014 12:00 am Video Related
DOUG ROSS: Mayor's vision doesn't stop at city limits

DOUG ROSS: Mayor's vision doesn't stop at city limits

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson has a lot of challenges within her city. But her vision doesn't stop at the city limits.

April 04, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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DOUG ROSS: Salesman-in-chief fires up vast sales staff

DOUG ROSS: Salesman-in-chief fires up vast sales staff

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence calls himself not just the state's commander-in-chief, but also "salesman-in-chief."

March 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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DOUG ROSS: After winning jackpot, how to invest it?

DOUG ROSS: After winning jackpot, how to invest it?

If you had won Tuesday's $400 million Mega Millions jackpot, how long would it take you to decide what to do with that money? I'm guessing it would take you a lot less time than for Porter County officials to reach a decision on the $140 million jackpot they received when they sold Porter Ho…

March 21, 2014 12:00 am Video
DOUG ROSS: Rail, ethics will move region forward

DOUG ROSS: Rail, ethics will move region forward

Two events this week show Northwest Indiana isn't satisfied with the status quo. It's moving forward, and everyone should get on board with these two movements.

March 14, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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DOUG ROSS: Calumet Twp.'s plight should inspire Pence

DOUG ROSS: Calumet Twp.'s plight should inspire Pence

Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin is running for re-election, but she's not running from controversy. Neither should Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

March 07, 2014 12:00 am Video
DOUG ROSS: Civil rights meet wrongs in Indiana, Arizona

DOUG ROSS: Civil rights meet wrongs in Indiana, Arizona

We're all in the same boat when it comes to civil rights, but some of the passengers are paddling backward.

February 28, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Two responses to legacy of government excess

DOUG ROSS: Two responses to legacy of government excess

Even as Chicago and Illinois talk about their legacy costs, meaning overly generous public pensions, Gary and Calumet Township are dealing with their own legacy of past poor decisions.

February 21, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Valpo Spring began with School Board action

DOUG ROSS: Valpo Spring began with School Board action

The weather didn't reflect it, but Valparaiso had its own Arab Spring moment last weekend.

February 14, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Business tax break could dunk Lake taxpayers

DOUG ROSS: Business tax break could dunk Lake taxpayers

If you're worried about footing the bill for eliminating the personal property tax for businesses, your misery has company.

February 07, 2014 12:00 am Related
DOUG ROSS: Roundabouts show how Costas turned Valpo around

DOUG ROSS: Roundabouts show how Costas turned Valpo around

Mayor Jon Costas and his administration have brought significant improvements to Valparaiso by creating a business plan for the city, presenting it to the citizens, tweaking it as needed, and sticking to it.

January 31, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Reform taxes, watch businesses invest again

DOUG ROSS: Reform taxes, watch businesses invest again

This week's theme, apparently, is taxes on businesses. Along with the continuing discussion in Indianapolis over personal property taxes for businesses, there has been discussion of other business taxes.

January 24, 2014 12:00 am

DOUG ROSS: Money talks, same-sex marriage talks, GOP balks

A potpourri can be either a medley of miscellaneous items or a mixture of flower petals and so forth used to make things smell better. Considering the topics for this column, maybe it's both.

January 17, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: If there's to be a fish fry, let's eat fish

DOUG ROSS: If there's to be a fish fry, let's eat fish

A major report on Asian carp came out this week, but it was buried by snow — along with everything else.

January 10, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Bad decisions can have fatal consequences

DOUG ROSS: Bad decisions can have fatal consequences

The Christmas Day death of a pregnant Calumet City teen in Dolton is not an isolated tragedy but part of a long string of bad decisions with tragic consequences.

January 03, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Sprucing up parks plants pride, responsibility

DOUG ROSS: Sprucing up parks plants pride, responsibility

December isn't the normal time to talk about parks. But this is the season of giving, and this column is about giving back to the community by cleaning up parks.

December 27, 2013 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Celebrate report's birthday by blowing off dust

DOUG ROSS: Celebrate report's birthday by blowing off dust

If the much-ballyhooed Porter County Jobs Cabinet report had a soundtrack, it most likely would include "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas. Just change the lyrics to "Dust on the Shelf."

December 20, 2013 12:00 am Related
DOUG ROSS: McDermott leads weigh, but not way, on Illiana

DOUG ROSS: McDermott leads weigh, but not way, on Illiana

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. threw his weight around Thursday, but it didn't land where he wanted.

December 13, 2013 12:00 am Video
DOUG ROSS: What sentence would fit Van Til's crimes?

DOUG ROSS: What sentence would fit Van Til's crimes?

Watching the reactions to former Lake County Surveyor George Van Til's guilty plea has been interesting. The comments I've read and heard say a lot about people's outlook on life, not just their political views.

December 06, 2013 12:00 am Video
DOUG ROSS: Tables have turned since first Thanksgiving dinner

DOUG ROSS: Tables have turned since first Thanksgiving dinner

With Thanksgiving fresh on our minds, this seems the perfect time to discuss immigration and related issues.

November 29, 2013 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: From Camelot, we've plunged into darkness

DOUG ROSS: From Camelot, we've plunged into darkness

The assassination of John F. Kennedy was a pivotal moment on which the world suddenly turned. How can we make it spin back?

November 22, 2013 12:05 am
DOUG ROSS: A lesson on education, Obamacare, politics

DOUG ROSS: A lesson on education, Obamacare, politics

Thursday's nwi.com Political Roundtable discussion dealt with Obamacare and K-12 education in Indiana. You might think of those two topics as completely separate discussions, but I see some parallels between them.

November 15, 2013 12:00 am Video Related
DOUG ROSS: Let congressional committees function

DOUG ROSS: Let congressional committees function

Everyone knows Congress is dysfunctional. U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, knows this well. He offered his insights Monday to The Times Editorial Board and on the nwi.com Political Roundtable.

November 08, 2013 12:00 am Video
DOUG ROSS: What happened to an idea run up the flagpole

DOUG ROSS: What happened to an idea run up the flagpole

You might still be on a Halloween sugar buzz, but I spent this week thinking about Christmas. Specifically, I had a lot of memories of the movie, "A Christmas Story."

November 01, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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DOUG ROSS: A new college try for graduation rates

DOUG ROSS: A new college try for graduation rates

How many times have you heard people use the cliche, "Give it the old college try"? For college graduation rates, perhaps a new college try is in order.

October 18, 2013 12:00 am Video
DOUG ROSS: Could crime in Gary cue up Bayh-Pence rivalry?

DOUG ROSS: Could crime in Gary cue up Bayh-Pence rivalry?

When Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson asked Gov. Mike Pence for immediate assistance from the Indiana State Police, she didn't get what she expected.

October 11, 2013 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Republicans taking big gambles in Indiana, D.C.

DOUG ROSS: Republicans taking big gambles in Indiana, D.C.

Republicans are conservative, right? So why are they taking such big political risks in Congress and the Indiana Statehouse?

October 04, 2013 12:00 am Video
DOUG ROSS: Recapitalization is key concept for South Shore

DOUG ROSS: Recapitalization is key concept for South Shore

When U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky spoke forcefully Wednesday of "recapitalization and expansion of the South Shore," the word "recapitalization" stood out for me.

September 27, 2013 12:00 am Video
DOUG ROSS: Feds should launch Bennett investigation

DOUG ROSS: Feds should launch Bennett investigation

The latest allegations against former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett — that state computers and possibly staff were used for his campaign fundraising — sound like something that might have happened in Lake County.

September 20, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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DOUG ROSS: A decent proposal for new animal shelter

DOUG ROSS: A decent proposal for new animal shelter

The fur is really flying over the proposal to build an animal shelter at Sunset Hill Farm County Park.

September 13, 2013 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Pence wins battle, but war isn't over

DOUG ROSS: Pence wins battle, but war isn't over

Whether you agree with Obamacare or not, it's hard to argue with the notion that going to the emergency room for routine medical care is not a sensible policy. Believe it or not, however, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence suggested that option instead of free federal dollars for Medicaid expansion.

September 06, 2013 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: I'm dreaming, and you should too

DOUG ROSS: I'm dreaming, and you should too

Fifty years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. told the world, "I have a dream." This is a report card on that dream.

August 30, 2013 12:00 am Video
DOUG ROSS: Expect some schooling on college affordability

DOUG ROSS: Expect some schooling on college affordability

President Barack Obama and I talked about higher education Thursday -- not to each other, mind you, but at the same time.

August 23, 2013 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: 2 public corruption cases, 2 different sentences

DOUG ROSS: 2 public corruption cases, 2 different sentences

What's the going rate for public corruption?

August 16, 2013 12:00 am Related
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