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Sunday Forum is like a Town Hall for the Region, and today we thank everyone who contributed to the diversity of viewpoints presented every week and on our daily Opinion pages.

Special thanks to 784 letter-to-the-editor writers, guest columnists and staff columnists of 2017. You can find the complete list of contributors on Page D3.

Among the writers were Gov. Eric Holcomb, U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly and Congressman Pete Visclosky, along with hundreds of readers and columnists from throughout Northwest Indiana and abroad.

Editorial page editor Marc Chase welcomes 150-word letters and 500-word columns on topics of interest. Send them to

“It’s one of our prime opportunities for connecting with readers,” Chase said. “And there’s no better place for the sharing of ideas and desires for Northwest Indiana.”

We look forward to an issue-driven 2108, and you can count on Sunday Forum and our Opinion page to present thought-provoking columns.

Given that 2018, unlike 2017, is a congressional midterm and state and local election year, we’ll emphasize the #CivilityCounts guidelines published on our Opinion pages and Sunday Forum.

Roll Call

You may have noticed a new feature in Sunday Forum in recent weeks that’s already proving popular with readers.

We’re pleased to publish a weekly congressional roll call report and include Indiana Reps. Visclosky, Todd Rokita and Jackie Walorski and Sens. Todd Young and Donnelly.

Today’s report, on D5, covers votes on the tax reform and extending government funding bills, as well as others that you might not have known about.

You’ll find these reports, provided by Targeted News Service, a great way to follow Congress. Look for them each Sunday.

Thanks for reading us. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Please contact me with any questions about The Times or our many publications.

Bob Heisse is editor of The Times Media Co. He can be reached at (219) 933-3327 or



Bob is editor of The Times Media Co. He started in Northwest Indiana in April 2014 following stints as executive editor of The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., and The Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.