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As more states and municipalities make masks mandatory in public settings, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Better Business Bureau have issued a warning about flyers or cards stating that the owner is exempt from wearing face masks.

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Never in a million years would I think that my small town would take part in something so big. On June 5, La Porte played host to a protest in response to the death of George Floyd, a Minnesota man whose death sparked national outrage.

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In 2017, I advocated to the Indiana Election Commission and local Election Board to improve early voting and Election Day polling places in La Porte County. Despite these efforts, major defects in the voting system threaten the validity of our elections and the security of our community.

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Older readers of The La Porte County Herald-Argus may remember a regular column titled, “Up and Down Lincoln Way” that was authored by Bob Coffeen.

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The other day, I was driving down a road that was recently repaved but had not yet had striping to designate traffic lanes. It occurred to me that the signs cautioning drivers could well apply to voters as well.

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Hi everyone, yes it’s me, I’m still above ground. I spent the awful winter in hibernation. I survived in front of my trusty fireplace with my Jack Daniels in hand while watching the “Downton Abbey” series for the third time. “Downton Abbey” is the best soap opera since “Gone with the Wind”. …

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Voter turnout is a concern across the country, but it’s especially problematic in Indiana, where it has been lagging for years. It hit rock bottom in 2014 when, by many measures, Indiana had the lowest voter turnout of all the states.

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A crime committed against anyone is awful. A crime committed against someone out of hatred because of a perceived or actual characteristic of that person arguably makes the crime worse.

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For those of you who care about protection of our lakes, as a La Porte City Councilman, I wanted to draw your attention to a special City Council meeting to be held Thursday, Dec. 27, at 4 p.m. at City Hall.

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My dad, who never finished high school, would have said: “What the hell is a first-generation college student?” I suspect he is not alone. Well Dad, I was a first-generation college student because you and mom did not go to college.

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It’s that time of season when I worry I might morph into one of Santa’s elves. I really enjoy the Christmas holidays. This is 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.

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As we move into yet another holiday season, many of us will find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on our lives in general. Some of us will even begin thinking about New Year’s resolutions with hopes that, over the course of the upcoming year, these new goals might bring us closer to…

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Ahhh! The wonders of fall, unquestionably my favorite season. The dazzling array of autumn colors, the exotic beauty of an Indian summer afternoon and who can resist the intoxicating scent of burning leaves? It conjures up memories of high school football games, bonfires and hayrides.

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Universities garner significant support from their surrounding communities and geographic regions. Of course, public universities also benefit from state support, which has been generous in Indiana as compared to other states in the nation.

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The voters in La Porte County should be alarmed at the tactics used by the Democrat Party and their Chairman, Jim Kimmel, to keep qualified candidates who want to serve our county off the ballot.

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It’s a nice day to relax. I am lounging in my recliner, gazing at the fire and listening to my oldies but goodies on the Bose.

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Recently, I was immersed in heavy thoughts while gazing into my blazing fireplace. Crowding out my usual musing about my family and friends a general appraisal concerning my generation emerged.

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We Hoosiers are incredibly fortunate to have many capable and dedicated legislators representing us in the Indiana General Assembly. I know many of them personally, and I appreciate and applaud their good work. They are part-time, citizen legislators who carry out the awesome task of dealing…

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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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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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It’s that time of season when I worry I might morph into one of Santa’s elves. I really enjoy the Christmas holidays. This is the time of year for optimism and the goodwill that radiates throughout Christmas. I bet some of the best times of your life happened during this joyous season.

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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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I was shocked – and greatly saddened — on Saturday morning when I read of Kenny Schreiber’s death the previous day. After all, I had just visited him a few weeks earlier at his home and he seemed to be recovering well from a serious illness. We had talked for over two hours, for so long, in …

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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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Northwest Indiana has been blessed with a rich industrial history, and as a result, many parcels of land that were once assets have turned out to be liabilities that we know as brownfields.

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First of all, I am so sorry that I will not be able to attend Blaine’s funeral. He was one of the best friends I ever have had or ever will have. The day of the funeral, my wife, Lois, and I are being honored at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes banquet in Merrillville. We are a very small …

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Just days remain in the America’s Best Communities competition; a $10 million prize competition supported by Frontier Communications, DISH Network, CoBank and The Weather Channel. The goal was to create incentives for communities and towns to come together across rural America to support rev…

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Heads wiser than mine have determined that we need to build a replacement structure for La Porte Hospital. I hope that is both necessary and cost effective as compared to updating the current complex and enhancing the programs and services it provides. However, I’d like to set that question …

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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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As a former professor, I taught Strategic Management. This course emphasizes the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of various organizations; both for-profit and not-for-profit.

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I think we can all agree that each of us would like to be able to spend our money as we like, and we’d all like to have more of it. I think we can also agree that when it comes to the condition of La Porte’s roads, we have a lot of work to do.

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Something amazing happened in the busy lobby of La Porte Hospital. The Society of Innovators, a program of Ivy Tech Northwest, installed its most prestigious, hard-to-earn team award – The Chanute Prize. La Porte Hospital was recognized for strengthening its “fair and just” culture and for i…

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