With more than 70 public corruption-related felony convictions in Hammond federal court since the 1980s, it's hard not to talk about the scourge of crimes against the Region taxpayer.

Right or wrong, felony crimes ranging from fraud to bribery — and many other variations in between — seem to define our political landscape.

Now we're inviting our readers to weigh in. Does public corruption rightly define Northwest Indiana politics? Have federal agents and prosecutors made a dent in the matter over the years, and how would you approach the problem if given the opportunity?

Send us your letters to the editor with specific opinions and recommendations via email to letters@nwi.com or by mail to Letters to the Editor, The Times of Northwest Indiana, 601 45th Ave., Munster, IN 46321.

Letters must be 150 words or less and must contain your name and city or town of residence. Also, provide us with a phone number we can call to verify the letter's authenticity. Letters also must conform to our civility policy, so no name-calling or profanity.

We must receive the letters by 5 p.m. May 15 for use in an upcoming opinion page or Sunday Forum section.