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DOUG ROSS: Have you noticed the environment is cleaner?

DOUG ROSS: Have you noticed the environment is cleaner?

Back in 1980, I remember working for an entrepreneur who actually canned air in Gary in the 1970s. Needless to say, no one bought it.

September 28, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Public deserves access to HR report

DOUG ROSS: Public deserves access to HR report

Can you imagine paying an expert nearly $25,000 for advice and then not being able to see what that advice is? You'd be furious, right?

September 20, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Could Indiana be presidential battleground?

DOUG ROSS: Could Indiana be presidential battleground?

Before Evan Bayh spoke at One Region's annual luncheon Wednesday, everyone was asking if the former senator and governor would announce whether he's going to run for governor in 2016. But that's wan't the right question.

September 14, 2014 9:00 am Related
DOUG ROSS: Same-sex married with children

DOUG ROSS: Same-sex married with children

When I heard about Thursday's two federal rulings on the legality of same-sex marriages, Jim and Paul immediately came to mind.

September 07, 2014 12:00 am Related
DOUG ROSS: GOP shutting iron gates on Hoosiers

DOUG ROSS: GOP shutting iron gates on Hoosiers

News last week that Gov. Mike Pence's aides want to erect security gates at the Governor's Mansion in Indianapolis might not seem like a big deal to you, but it's a darn good analogy to what the Republican Party has been doing lately.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

Carl Strain, of Munster, is writing a book about his family's letters home during World War I, but what the letters say isn't the only interesting part of the story.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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DOUG ROSS: Have you noticed the environment is cleaner?

DOUG ROSS: Have you noticed the environment is cleaner?

Back in 1980, I remember working for an entrepreneur who actually canned air in Gary in the 1970s. Needless to say, no one bought it.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: A new lesson plan for Gary's schools

DOUG ROSS: A new lesson plan for Gary's schools

Gary Community School Corp. doesn't have a state-appointed babysitter, exactly, but it does have an Indiana Department of Education staffer, Daniel Bunderidge, on hand to offer more than a mere pat on the back. This arrangement will be worth watching.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Commissioners want to burden public, not workers

DOUG ROSS: Commissioners want to burden public, not workers

If this were Porter County's version of "Sesame Street," I'd be singing, "One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just isn't the same."

August 10, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Government dysfunction continues to erode trust

DOUG ROSS: Government dysfunction continues to erode trust

Today's topic is government dysfunction, but this is not meant to be an exhaustive list. There's too much of it for that. Instead, let's look at three examples.

August 03, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Sending signals to the light of her life

DOUG ROSS: Sending signals to the light of her life

Mandy Courter and about 15 of her friends and family went to the beach in Beverly Shores last weekend to lift her spirits. Or rather, they went to lift sky lanterns toward her late boyfriend's spirit.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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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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