Bruce Johnson is the La Porte County Historian.
COVID tests are beginning to become limited for consumers. With a rise in COVID-19 cases and a shortage of rapid tests, the Indiana State Department of Health recently announced it is limiting rapid testing at its sites.
The holidays are coming to a close and for some, that means working through holiday credit card debt. Going into a new year with new debt or depleted savings can be stressful, so let the new year be a time for new financial goals.
Often at this time, we wonder how we arrived at the start of another year so quickly. It seems like yesterday we were entering 2021 and – just like that – we again watch the calendar turn to a brand new year.
The holiday season will soon end, and that means tax time is right around the corner. With so many sites advertising free tax preparation with minimal work, it’s easy to fall into a trap.
It’s that time of season when I worry I might morph into one of Santa’s elves. I really enjoy the Christmas holidays – the time of year for optimism, and the good will that radiates throughout Christmas. I bet some of the best times of your life happened during this joyous season.
Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two part series on La Porte County Historian Bruce Johnson’s Christmas adventure 50 years ago. It picks up after he was given a room on the roof of a hotel in Peru on Christmas Eve.
There is a fierce debate raging over healthcare reform, both within state legislatures and in the halls of Congress. One of the central problems is what to do about rising drug prices.
Holiday shopping will soon end as Christmas nears. Many consumers are searching for last-minute deals or shopping on a budget – and scammers are always looking to trick a savvy shopper.
We’ve been between two states of being since February 2020. We have lived in this state of unknowing and uncertainty for almost two years. Occasional glimmers of the light at the end of the tunnel only disrupt us. Uncertainty is a social threat creating anxiety and reducing resilience.
Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part column on La Porte County Historian Bruce Johnson’s Christmas adventure 50 years ago.
Advent Calendars can be a fun way for the family to spend time together during the holidays and count down to the big day. But be careful, don’t get wrapped up in a scam instead.
Some things just don’t set well with me. I was shopping at one of the big box stores on Nov. 1, when Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” and other holiday tunes were already being played.
South Bend schools and their teachers union have recently made the news for their annual collective bargaining, which determines teacher pay and contracts.
On Nov. 11, 1918, Ralph Lindsey wrote from his hospital bed in France, “Armistice signed at 11 o’clock. Grand celebration all over France. War is at last over and I am still alive!”
The Better Business Bureau serving Northern Indiana has issued a warning for consumers about trading card company Panini America out of Irving, Texas.
Nov. 8 marks National First-Generation College Celebration, which recognizes the nation’s first-generation college students on the anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Higher Education Act.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way the American society shops, interacts and works. Many people are still working from home or working in a hybrid environment.
Remote and hybrid work arrangements have shifted the role of manager in our uncertain COVID world. This shift is likely to threaten managers of knowledge workers. Our brains constantly scan for threats to keep us safe. The limbic system fires up when it perceives danger. A social threat may …
Our community is mourning the tragic, violent death of a young 4-year-old boy this week. All of us want answers and justice. We want to know how this could happen to an innocent child.
Venmo has become a popular and relatively safe way to quickly send money to friends and family members. Even the safest websites, though, can struggle with scam artists.
Social media has become the new norm for catching up with friends and family members, or even making new friends. Unfortunately, scammers have caught up with that.
Working in an office for 40-plus hours, Monday through Friday, is outdated. It’s so 2019! Virtual work is here to stay. The pandemic transformed work-life, and the transformation isn’t over.
Indiana has a good reputation in many areas, but it doesn’t do well in two interrelated and very important areas: Voter turnout and providing fair and equitable representation for all Hoosiers.
As venues continue to reopen after the pandemic, scammers will be ready for a surge in ticket purchases. Many venues have reduced the number of open seats during a concert or event so tickets may be harder to come by.
It’s time to follow the lead of great Americans before us. We deserve to live free of school shut-downs, mass quarantines and canceled events. Vaccines will gain us that freedom. It is time to follow our patriotic American forefathers and take action on vaccines.
I have three daughters and one of the things I’ve taught them is that “No” is more than just a single word. “No” is a complete sentence. I don’t need to give any further explanation to someone sitting 700 miles away, unconstitutionally writing things down on a piece of paper and trying to im…
When working on large projects such as home remodels and building construction, many consumers look for reliable electricians to help complete the work.
Employment scams are nothing new and they come in many different forms. Many are used to target students or others looking for part-time work. A new version of the employment scam has con-artists posing as a friendly, trustworthy family looking for a part-time pet sitter.
As college students begin to gear up for the new school year, some might find they are short on financial aid. Last minute scholarships can help fill this gap and the sudden offer of one may feel like a dream come true.
A year ago, August 2020, a huge crane lifted a solid steel holding cell door from the basement of the Superior Courthouse in Michigan City. It was thought that John Dillinger may have been held in that cell. The door was donated and installed near other artifacts pertaining to the history of…
Following the last glacier of the ice age, deep pits were left behind that filled with the melting of ice blocks, forming hundreds of lakes in the northernmost part of Indiana.
Americans are planning trips as the COVID-19 pandemic winds down and the travel industry is beginning to take off again. As usual, with any phenomenon, scammers will be on the prowl.
In light of the recent tragedy in Surfside, Florida, where a building collapsed, many are searching for ways to help victims and their families. As with any disaster donations, beware of scammers preying on those looking to help.