1. What amazes me is that the republicans in Griffith made enough inroads to take over all of town government based on this calumet township issue. They have made promise after promise about how they are going to get Griffith disannexed from calumet township. The irony is that its been a democratic state representative trying to help them, and its been their own republicans down state that are giving them the shaft. Evidently the republican boys in Griffith must have gotten someone in Indy sore at them because any other republican town would have probably gotten this approved years ago.
    March 14, 2013 11:55 am on Senate panel halts Griffith bid to leave Calumet Township
  2. Anyone who thinks that Philpots conviction is "sweet", or that he deserves 'ALOT' more time, needs to be extremely careful on what they wish for other people. Philpot was not my friend, in fact, he was considered a political enemy. But this is not something that you wish on anyone. He took $24,OOO over a six year period. He paid it back with a substantial amount of interest when the county attorney advised him too. He paid it back months before any federal investigation or newspaper story were even written about it. Since the investigation began, he has spent a fortune for out of pocket attorney fees, he lost his law license, his medical license, his self respect and most likely his family. Dont some of you think that this is enough. At what point does the hate that some of you harbor subside? When a mans wife catches him walking around the driveway in circles, I think he has already suffered a worse punishment than anything a judge can dish out.
    February 21, 2013 1:25 pm on Philpot sentenced to 18 months for public corruption
  3. I was wondering how long it would take before someone invoked the name of Tom McDermott for something that he had nothing to do with. I also am surprised at the "punch 10" references and comparisons, since these fundamentalist mega churches always support republican right wing candidates for everything. And finally, if your an atheist, you have no business commenting on this story. If your a believer this is a sad situation, but if your not then your opinions have no merit.
    February 17, 2013 2:27 pm on Local megachurch navigates precarious path
  4. I think that some of the readers are missing the point to this story. Mrs. Pittman is obviously not to blame. The people who sold the property or the county is not to blame. It appears that the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of the Town of Cedar Lake. They bought the land from the church and then never recorded the sale. If you dont record the sale of property that you bought, the county has no way of knowing that there is a new owner. Consequently, the tax bills continue to be mailed to the old owner, which in this case was the church. I am also surprised that when church officials kept getting tax bills, that they didnt step forward and call someone to tell them that they no longer owned the property. It appears that when they received these bills, they must have simply thrown them away or ignored them. If the Town of Cedar Lake had recorded this sale in the County Recorders office like every one else does who buys property, then the sale could have been canceled and you then good blame it on the county. But that does not appear to be the case in this situation.
    February 17, 2013 2:12 pm on Tax sale wreaks havoc with Cedar Lake woman's life
  5. When this poor woman bought this house, the church originally owned it. They sold her the house, but they kept the land that the house sat on. All these years she faithfully paid the taxes on her house, assuming that the church paid the taxes on the land. At some point, the church sold the land to the Town of Cedar Lake who then began to collect the rent payments from her. It appears that the Town of Cedar Lake never recorded the sale of the land over to them. So on tax records, the land still belonged to the church. Since they quit paying taxes on it, the land went up for sale. The town of Merrillville had a similar snafu about three years ago where someone donated land to them for a subdivision park. But they forgot to record the transaction and lost the land to a tax sale. Unfortunately this is not a subdivision park. Hopefully, the guy who bought this land has some compassion. The only mistake this woman made was buying the land with a handshake and pat on the back. There something to say about making this type of transaction with a title company.
    February 17, 2013 7:58 am on Tax sale wreaks havoc with Cedar Lake woman's life
  6. I am just curious. If this company is privately owned, and the money they use or lose is theirs, and no taxpayer dollars are being expended, then why does anybody even care? If they build it they do, and if they dont so be it. It wont be the first time that a large corporation has come into the area with the promise of building great things and then ending up not turning over a single shovel full of dirt. That happens in cities and counties all over America every day. It wont be the first time and it wont be the last. There are so many people out there that wonder why these elected officials do what they do. Well then run for office and do better ! I know a handful of "know it alls" that criticized and condemned but had the guts to run for office and help make that change that they often called for. ALL OF THEM, discovered that finding the simple solution was not as simple as they thought and they quickly realized that not every one was on the take.
    January 18, 2013 1:43 pm on Lake County waste board continues trash-to-ethanol watch in 2013
  7. When Roy Dominquez took over as Lake County Sheriff, that jail building was new. It was only two years old. Because of his wonderful management style that building fell into disrepair. The end result, this 7.2 million dollar settlement to criminals. But let us not forget, that because of this disrepair, the federal government is also mandating another 6 million to bring the building into compliance with jail regulations. So to date, Roy has cost the taxpayers 13.2 million dollars, and now he is priming himself to run for another office. Lets see, he went from Sheriff to running for Governor briefly, then he ran for commissioner, tried to get a job in East Chicago as the school city attorney and now he wants to run for something else. Lets see what else Roy can destroy. Roy and destroy, hey, theres a new slogan for you.
    December 14, 2012 4:26 pm on Federal judge approves $7.2 million settlement in inmate lawsuit
  8. I dont know if this is a good idea or a bad one, but the readers need to be informed that this project or idea is not costing the taxpayers a dime. Some guy or guys have an idea that is not costing anything. The way I see it, if it works it works, if it doesnt it doesnt. This is much ado about nothing. And by the way, the plant will not be using corn, but municipal waste. Thats the reason why the solid waste district was approached in the first place.
    November 21, 2012 4:03 pm on EDITORIAL: Trash-to-ethanol is a too-distant dream
  9. I am really amazed at the fact that everyone that you have endorsed, has been either put in the race or is being supported by Roy Dominquez. What exactly does Roy have on members of your editorial staff that you jump at his every command. The last election cycle, he endorsed Richard Ligon for Sheriff, a candidate that no one knew anything about. A few days later you endorsed him. He is supporting Repay, so you endorse him. He is endorsing Bade, so you endorse him. He runs against Scheub and even though his prior Sheriffs administration is under federal scrutiny that has already resulted in 2 indictments, you endorse him. There is a pattern here. He put Mike Brown in the recorders race, is that your next endorsement. The last time you guys followed the wims of a politician you formed your so called "dream team" with Peter Benjamin at the helm. That apparently has not caused you enough embarassment. Get with it TIMES, you are supposed to give us opinions of wisdom and thought. Roy is out of a job right now, if he loses this election, why dont you just hire him and make him an editor, that way his choices can be given to us even sooner.
    May 02, 2012 12:00 pm on EDITORIAL: We endorse Bade, Fortson for coroner
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