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The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has pledged to save a percentage of the state’s old-growth forests, but this must be done in the proper way to get the true benefit. At present, the strategic plan includes protecting 10 percent of state forests to allow them to become old-growth forest.

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I am writing in response to the article “Smoking ban snuffed out” in The News-Dispatch on May 29. I commend Councilwoman Sharon Carnes for leading the smoke-free parks public health initiative in Michigan City. Though the ordinance was rejected, this is an opportunity to raise awareness abou…

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If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete, or an adult fan who enjoys high school athletic events here in Indiana, this message is primarily for you.

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As Indiana continues to tackle the skills gap facing our workforce, efforts to better train and educate Hoosiers get most of the attention. However, helping our businesses improve the way they compete for workers by offering more attractive salaries and benefits is also crucial.

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Note: By the time this column runs, events may have occurred resolving the issue of the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

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The ugly face of political corruption can be found in many forms in La Porte County. Regrettably, Councilman Mike Mollenhauer’s recent statement blindly defending criminally accused Councilman John Sullivan and former commissioner Dave Decker displays one such face of corruption.

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At the last school board meeting, our board was asked to vote on an amendment to the student handbook to require all incoming kindergarteners be tested for lead.

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Every day at the News Media Alliance headquarters, a stack of newspapers arrives for myself and the staff. But with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission currently considering tariffs on Canadian newsprint, those days of screen-free reading could be coming to an end.

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Here in Northwest Indiana, we often hear predictions of decline. But, imagine what would happen if we work together to reverse the trends of recent history.

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Zoos have come under criticism lately, but much of this criticism is not substantiated and fails to acknowledge the beneficial aspects of zoos.

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At the end of their year, corporations create an annual report for their shareholders. They mail it to those shareholders or present it at a meeting of those shareholders. The information helps investors decide on whether they want to increase or decrease their holdings in that corporation.

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There are many elements of our tax code that Congress is poised to correct by passing comprehensive tax reform. Maybe the biggest improvement would be fixing a tax system that favors larger corporations who move U.S. jobs overseas, but penalizes manufacturers which primarily base their opera…

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On a sunny, almost balmy, Saturday last February, my nieces and nephews carried the casket of their grandfather to his final resting place in Greenwood Cemetery next to their grandma.

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Stories have their own special ability to build shared meaning, values, and direction for our families. Often we don't realize how these stories influence our behavior and shape the future; but stories about our national, cultural, or family history have shaped much of how we’ve come to view…

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If you asked many people — particularly those from other areas of the state — where Indiana’s worst environmental problems exist, they’d probably say it would be in Northwest Indiana. But they just might be dead wrong. The data suggest that Northwest Indiana’s reputation for air and water po…

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At the 1990 Convention of the League of Women Voters of the U.S., the League took the then rare step of adopting a gun control position. Debate on the Convention floor persuaded members to concur with the statement proposed by the LWV of Illinois, and to urge passage of federal legislation t…

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Recently, someone suggested there was a monument in Greenwood Cemetery connected to the Civil War. So, I checked. There is not.

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Visiting Michigan City several times a year for more than 35 years, my family has enjoyed seeing a variety of annual and special events like the Independence Day parade, Drum & Bugle Competition. Oktoberfest, the Pan Am Games and more. The 9th annual Great Lakes Grand Prix, coupled with …

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U.S. 30 is a key 155 mile traffic artery that runs between the Illinois and Ohio state lines.

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For more than a decade, the chancellors and presidents of Northwest Indiana's higher education institutions have worked collaboratively to offer monthly editorials on topics of importance to the Region. Sharing a common commitment to building a more sustainable region for the next generation…

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Youth constitute one of the fastest growing Internet populations and it strongly influences how children discover and interact with the world around them. Cyberspace can open up a world of wonderful information and learning opportunities; however, it is not always a safe place. It is vitally…

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There’s so much good about Northwest Indiana that I hesitate to focus on something that’s negative. However, it involves the health of all of us; and it’s been a problem for far too long. The 2016 rankings by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute document the problem in fiv…

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Editor's note: This is Part 2 of a two-part editorial penned by Michigan City Mainstreet Association President Ryan Laughlin and interim chair of the MCMA Farmers Market Committee Shane Watson. Part 1 ran in Wednesday's edition and can also be viewed at www.thenewsdispatch.com/opinion.

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Editor's note: The following is Part 1 of a two-part guest editorial by Michigan City Mainstreet Association President Ryan Laughlin and interim chair of the MCMA Farmers Market Committee Shane Watson regarding the discontinuation of the MCMA Farmers Market at 8th and Washington streets. Par…

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The Toys for Tots organization would like to thank several organizations for all of their hard work in organizing fundraisers and donating toys and/or money to our 2016 toy campaign.

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“ … During this administration, more than 980,000 acres in 24 states have been added to the National Park System by the Congress. Twenty major conservation measures were passed by the 89th Congress. None gives me greater satisfaction than this bill to preserve the Indiana Dunes … ”

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“A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.”

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One issue at the top of your ballot in the 2016 general election may come as a surprise because there has been very little publicity about it. It concerns a Public Question to decide on an amendment to the state Constitution.

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I am a professional clown, and I go by Nettie Belle, and also Blondie, and I am the current president of Michiana Clowns. I want to comment on the recent clown scares.

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In 1956, when I was not quite 3 years old, my parents moved our family from Merrick, Long Island, New York, to our new home (compliments of then-real-estate-agent, the late State Sen. John Shawley) to Duneland Beach, Indiana.

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Are legislative elections in Indiana really fair? We all have confidence that the election process itself is fair, that votes we cast are counted fairly and that access to the voting process is fair for all citizens. But does that mean that there is a fair process for arriving at the candida…

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Finally, Purdue University Northwest! You have been reading and hearing about our emerging university for the past two years. Officially, as of July 1, emergence has given way to reality.

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At its May 25, 2016 meeting, on the recommendation of its Governmental Affairs Committee, the Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors unanimously passed support for the City of La Porte Common Council to pass a local wheel tax.

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