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Have you ever met a person whose purity of heart and sense of sacrifice literally rivals belief? My skeptical personality often denies the existence of such people.
Robbing Peter to pay Paul makes for a poor fiscal model, leaving Peter poorer and less apt to sustain a financially healthy populace.
Do you want to see multiple competing political interests — the ones typically bent on ripping out each others' throats — join hands in a semblance of harmony? Just propose an interstate tollway through the serene rural area of an otherwise industrial county.
Adoption is one of the most magical things one can experience. It enriches the lives of adopted children and adoptive parents in profound ways.
HAMMOND | The second Gary City Council member in as many years is accused by prosecutors of violating federal tax laws.
HAMMOND | George Van Til provided the ultimate letter of resignation from his elected county office Thursday, formally pleading guilty in Hammond federal court to felony crimes against taxpayers.
Take care who you dub an extremist. Sometimes seemingly extreme political positions bring about the middle-of-the-road compromises most of us desire.
ST. JOHN | Police continued searching Tuesday afternoon for four or five men who investigators believe entered a home in the 12300 block of Second Avenue and tussled with a resident before fleeing.
St. John police officers search for suspects in an alleged home invasion Tuesday near the 12300 block of Second Avenue in St. John.
Hoosier state education officials are providing quite the example these days for our children. It's a relief teachers -- not politicians -- are the ones dealing directly with our kids.
Do what is right. Avoid what is wrong.
At least five people should be giving extra thanks during their Thanksgiving dinners for newly approved, lucrative Lake County government contracts that further carve into taxpayers' wallets.
Last week, I wondered if a particular region government planning agency's board would give any weight to the concerns of south Lake County constituents regarding the proposed Illiana Expressway.
"It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion ..."
HAMMOND | A Michigan City woman admits to her role in a scheme to stage phony car accidents in the region in order to collect insurance payouts, court records filed Friday show.
Certain elements of our society, usually "progressive leaders," dub some naysayers to particular government projects NIMBYs.
My Grandad could drink, smoke and swear like a sailor -- probably because from 1942-1945 he was one.
HAMMOND | A ranking member of a region street gang offered a cautionary tale to other would-be gang members Thursday ahead of his afternoon federal sentencing hearing.
Think you've got it rough, do you? Then you haven't heard about the life of Merrillville's Israel Pierce.
Lake County Republicans took steps both forward and backward last week in their caucus election of a new county assessor, and time will tell if it’s a shining party moment or a colossal failure to achieve unity.
We hold police to higher standards of ethics and conduct for good reason. They carry guns, are trained to make life-and-death decisions and are expected to exercise good judgment in the process.
Desperate times indeed call for desperate measures in some cases. But a sign of good leadership in politics is tackling a desperate measure with thoughtfulness -- acting in the best possible interest of taxpayers.
Don't let the facts get in the way of a bad lawsuit. That's what we're being asked to swallow in a civil lawsuit pending in Hammond federal court.
Richard Gearhart, of Lowell, owner of Schererville-based Asset Preservation Specialists Inc., filed for Chapter 13 federal bankruptcy in March of this year, Hammond federal court records show.
A major government plan five years in the making shouldn't feel like the kind of high-pressure sales pitch one would face on a used car lot.
If you lock someone out after he or she already paid admission, an angry protest is sure to follow.
"Why is your daughter black?"
Community leaders dispelled a long-held perception that consensus on major public policy issues is not attainable in Northwest Indiana, organizers of the recent event said.
While Republicans on the national scene take their lumps over their role in the federal government shutdown, Lake County conservatives are expressing optimism for a strengthening foothold in local politics.
Indiana Federation of Young Republicans Chairman Michael Neal, of Schererville, listens to speakers at last weekend's Reagan Breakfast at Merrillville's Croatian Center.
Lake County Republican Party Chairman Dan Dernulc, center, speaks with Jim Kaspar, left, and the Rev. Rick Holy, of Knox, and formerly of Munster's St. Thomas More Church, during last weekend's Reagan Breakfast at Merrillville's Croatian Center.
Indiana Republican Party Chairman Tim Berry addresses a gathering of the Lake County GOP at last weekend's Reagan Breakfast at Merrillville's Croatian Center.
Lake County Republican Party Treasurer Andy Qunell, of Munster, left, Indiana House Rep. Hal Slager, R-Schererville, and Indiana Republican Party Chairman Tim Berry converse during the Lake County Republican's Reagan Breakfast fundraiser last weekend at the Croatian Center in Merrillville.
Lake County government — including most of its municipalities — is an absolute master at inventing excessive layers of bureaucracy, furthering inefficiencies and encouraging gridlock by way of foot dragging.
In November 2010, a member of the rarest of an endangered species in Lake County showed a glimmer of hope for the rest of the ultra-thin herd. A member of the Republicanis genus Conservitorus actually found an unlikely foothold in Lake County politics.
GARY | The promotion of a once-convicted felon to the rank of Gary police special operations commander illustrates an example of what's plaguing the department, a state-issued evaluation concludes.
GARY | Staffing deficiencies, a pervasive lack of respect for authority and low confidence in command are plaguing Gary Police Department operations, a state report culling department employees' views concludes.
The childish snits leading to government shutdown have been filled with plenty of grandstanding — much of it by the very people who caused this embarrassment.
"To the victor belongs the spoils." - This famous quote from former New York Sen. William L. Marcy has been ringing true in our political system for generations.
CROWN POINT | Civil War re-enactors brought about 100 spectators back in time Saturday at the Lake County Fairgrounds, providing a firsthand look at the sights and sounds of the 150-year-old war.
Hobart resident Al Whitefield, portraying a Confederate soldier Saturday at the Lake County Fairgrounds, returns fire as members of the 20th Indiana Infantry advance toward the covered bridge.
Merv Wood, of Crown Point, reloads his rifled musket Saturday at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Wood was portraying a Confederate soldier as troops of the 20th Indiana Infantry re-enactment group advanced on the covered bridge.
Re-enactors of the 20th Indiana Infantry form a skirmish line Saturday to "attack" men portraying Confederates at the Lake County Fairgrounds.
A light artillery cannon is fired Saturday at the Lake County Fairgrounds as members of the 20th Indiana Infantry re-enactors fight to seize control of the covered bridge from men portraying Confederate troops.
CROWN POINT | Sounds of battle that plagued our nation 150 years ago will boom over the Lake County Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday through a series of Civil War skirmish reenactments.
Anyone else out there have a job in which talking a suicidal man out of putting a bullet in his head is part of the job description?
Lake County officials might have placed the cart before the horse in their decision to first pass a local income tax before further exploring ways to cut costs.
Comic books and Hollywood famously provide heroes whose superhuman bodies withstand incredible violence — whose physical prowess is matched only by strength of character.
It's a wonder the upcoming generations in Northwest Indiana have any civility toward one another at all given the way they see some of the adults behave toward one another.
U.S. House Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., left, congratulates Lansing Boy Scout Kyle Bergfors on his Eagle Scout service project prior to a special ceremony Saturday at Hammond's Oak Hill Cemetery. Visclosky presented Bergfors with a U.S. flag, which once flew over the U.S. Capitol in Washingt…
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