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If you treasure the Dunes, let Pence know

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources should immediately cease plans to construct a new conference and banquet center on the beach at the Indiana Dunes State Park.

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Sunday 05/17/2015
Donnelly: Working to support bill to fight heroin
Updated: May 17, 2015 - 6:47 pm


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Thursday 05/14/2015
The importance of health and community
Posted: May 14, 2015

When one thinks of being healthy, their thoughts typically involve feeling well and not being under medical care. Then, when one does not feel well, he or she seeks medical care to diagnose and treat the problem.

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Sunday 05/10/2015
To promote economic development, sustainability is crucial
Posted: May 10, 2015

By Leigh Morris

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Saturday 03/14/2015
Northwest Indiana is a winner
Posted: March 14, 2015

Northwest Indiana is much stronger even though the La Porte-Lake County Consortium is not the apparent high bidder for the Indiana Toll Road lease. Porter County leadership also supported the two-county project although timing prevented its joining. The two-county consortium was up against worldwide financial competition. IFM Investors, an Australian firm owned by 30 non-profit pension funds, submitted using employee retirement funds the apparent high bid for the remaining 66 years of the lease. But, Northwest Indiana is also a winner. The effort proves that county lines can be crossed to address a common goal. Courage was needed and vision required. Five county commissioners and 10 county council persons from both major parties cast a historic vote for a project to power regional success. The project’s team included first-rate participation from Goldstein & McClintock, Piper Jaffray, Krieg DeVault, and Globalvia.

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Thursday 03/12/2015
Once a Slicer always a Slicer?
Posted: March 12, 2015

I played football on the varsity squad at La Porte High School from 2009 to 2012.

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Monday 02/02/2015
Supporting those working in classrooms
Posted: February 02, 2015

Twenty years ago, two families and the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce took a bold step and supported teachers where they needed it the most – in the classroom.

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Saturday 01/31/2015
‘Talk to a Lawyer' program a success
Posted: January 31, 2015

For the past 13 years, the La Porte County Bar Association has been committed to an event that celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King's vision of access to justice for all citizens through its annual "Talk to a Lawyer Today" program which is co-sponsored with the Volunteer Lawyer Network in South Bend, Indiana.

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Thursday 01/22/2015
Pelath: Welcome to the anti-education session
Posted: January 22, 2015

By Indiana House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath from Michigan City 

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Saturday 01/17/2015
Time to Increase LaPorte County’s clout in Indianapolis
Posted: January 17, 2015

Recent news that the Governor has reversed the Department of Correction’s decision to close Camp Summit reinforces just how important it is that La Porte County have well-placed locals in state government who can advocate for our interests. Too often, out-of-sight means out-of-mind for the suburban Indianapolis politicians who control the legislature and who routinely ignore our needs up here.

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Friday 01/02/2015
Pelath: Job creation hype ignores reality of income gap
Posted: January 02, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath from Michigan City today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Mike Pence's announcement about job creation in our state this year:

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Wednesday 12/03/2014
Thanking the ‘Angel Guy’ from La Porte
Updated: December 03, 2014 - 9:32 pm

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Friday 11/07/2014
Christmas must be coming ... It’s time for the kettles
Posted: November 07, 2014

When I was asked to serve as the Honorary Christmas Kettle Chairperson, it wasn’t a tough decision at all.

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Thursday 10/23/2014
Additional trained caseworkers needed for our children
Posted: October 23, 2014

The editorial in the Oct. 16 edition of The Herald Argus, “Penny-pinching at DCS keeps money from kids,” could have been an article I saw in the paper five years, 10 years or 15 years ago.

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Saturday 10/18/2014
Pelath: Fixing what they broke
Posted: October 18, 2014

If you close your eyes for a moment, some of what the House Republicans advocated today sounded like they were reading from a book written by House Democrats.

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Thursday 10/09/2014
Indiana benefited greatly from Toll Road lease
Posted: October 09, 2014

The recent announcement that the Indiana Toll Road Concession Company was filing for bankruptcy has triggered comments that the bankruptcy was evidence that the leasing of the Toll Road was a poor decision by the State of Indiana.

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Saturday 09/27/2014
Impact of single-party control bad for Indiana
Posted: September 27, 2014

After nearly four years of one-party rule in Indiana, it seems only fair to examine how the Statehouse club management is doing.

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Friday 08/29/2014
Legislation helps Hoosiers stay on track
Posted: August 29, 2014

It is hard to believe that summer is winding down. Many of you have sent your kids back to school, and maybe you are like me and sent your first child off to college.

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Not yet Purdue University Northwest
Posted: August 21, 2014

We have recently cleared a major hurdle in selecting a name for the unified institution between Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central: Purdue University Northwest, or on second reference Purdue Northwest. The Purdue University Board of Trustees approved this name at its July 18 meeting.

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Friday 07/11/2014
Why should La Porte County be at the bottom of the desirable location list?
Posted: July 11, 2014

Anyone who knows me understands that I am very positive about the City of La Porte and La Porte County. I am an untiring booster, and have been “in the trenches” to help assure its positive future. I am one who celebrates its illustrious past, but remains confident that its future is even more exciting. But I have concerns. Deep concerns. And they are growing.

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Tuesday 05/27/2014
Supporting our Hoosier heroes
Posted: May 27, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to attend a Loyalty Day program at the V.F.W. Post No. 9423 in Rolling Prairie.

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Sunday 05/11/2014
Litter cleanups help communities in many ways
Posted: May 11, 2014

By Alicia Ebaugh

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Wednesday 04/30/2014
What else is in the court file
Posted: April 30, 2014

I want to take the opportunity to state what else is in the court file. Although the information was provided to the press, the paper only prints the allegations by my former wife and her attorneys (my former opponent). There has been a lot of mention of forgery but the Indiana State disciplinary commission did not find forgery, criminal intent, or the intent to defraud.

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Monday 04/28/2014
Improving government efficiency supports job creation
Posted: April 28, 2014

By Tom Dermody

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Saturday 04/26/2014
Be a part of the solution
Posted: April 26, 2014

Friends in La Porte, I'm writing to ask you to consider attending the upcoming

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Sunday 04/13/2014
Cutting down on waste is everyone's responsibility
Posted: April 13, 2014

By Alicia Ebaugh

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Wednesday 04/09/2014
A successful first year
Posted: April 09, 2014

Recently, I participated in a Third House at Purdue University North Central to discuss what the General Assembly accomplished during the 2014 legislative session.

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Sunday 04/06/2014
AG: Justice system needs both sides represented in court
Posted: April 06, 2014

By Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller

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Tuesday 04/01/2014
Changes made at Michiana Humane Society & SPCA
Updated: April 01, 2014 - 6:07 pm

As the executive director of the Michiana Humane Society & SPCA, I feel deeply the sense of betrayal that people who have

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Saturday 03/15/2014
Three-step process to sign up for health insurance
Posted: March 15, 2014

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, evokes strong opinions. These opinions more often than not are based on political persuasion, lack of information or deliberate misinformation.

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Wednesday 03/05/2014
Tradition of dysfunctional county government needs to end
Posted: March 05, 2014

The latest headlines indicating that millions of taxpayer dollars have been mismanaged by our La Porte County government should be another loud cry for change in how our county is governed. Add it to the long list of problems and irregularities that have also made headlines in La Porte County:

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Saturday 02/01/2014
Proud of the effective response to I-94 tragedy
Posted: February 01, 2014

Emergency situations can bring out the best in people and there was no truer example than the way our community responded in the aftermath of the recent I-94 motor-vehicle accident.

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Friday 01/24/2014
Here to help those in crisis
Posted: January 24, 2014

I am writing to address some concerns noted in a recent Voice of the People from Barbara Dean of Rolling Prairie, regarding Pauline Arnold’s article on some upcoming changes to mental health services at IU Health La Porte Hospital.

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Wednesday 01/15/2014
Toys for Tots program possible through community support
Posted: January 15, 2014

As we close the reports for the 2013 campaign of Toys for Tots, there are many people and organizations we would like to mention for their invaluable assistance and hard work in organizing fundraisers and donating toys and/or money, thus helping to make this year’s campaign a success.

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Saturday 12/21/2013
Working together to support healthcare needs
Posted: December 21, 2013

As our national healthcare system changes under the Affordable Care Act, all area healthcare providers are being called upon to improve the quality of the care we deliver and to do so in a cost-effective manner. Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital welcomes this challenge, and we will make the changes needed to provide care and service on behalf of our community. This has been our tradition here at IU Health La Porte Hospital for more than 40 years.

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Tuesday 12/10/2013
Providing workforce with opportunities
Posted: December 10, 2013

Editor’s note: The following column was provided by the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City.

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Wednesday 11/13/2013
Creating a strong economy
Posted: November 13, 2013

My top priorities have always been to strengthen Indiana’s economy and to help create Hoosier jobs. We can all agree – Democrats and Republicans – that the recent government shutdown and the threat of failing to pay our nation’s bills were a significant setback to this seemingly simple goal.

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Monday 10/28/2013
I am voting yes
Posted: October 28, 2013

The future of a community depends on its economic vitality.

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Monday 10/14/2013
Dermody addresses college crisis
Posted: October 14, 2013

House District 20

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Monday 10/07/2013
Politics as usual, La Porte County style
Posted: October 07, 2013

From Sept. 16-19, I was in Washington, D.C., meeting with our 11 Congressional Legislators from Indiana on behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, lobbying for all American Veterans and for all members of our country's military.

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Tuesday 09/24/2013
Veterans fought for our freedom, shouldn’t we fight for theirs?
Posted: September 24, 2013

Justice for Vets salutes La Porte County for developing a Veterans Treatment Court and joining the front line of criminal justice reform. (“County is Developing Veterans Court” 9/18/13).

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Monday 07/29/2013
Commissioners' latest move merits special attention
Posted: July 29, 2013

By Leigh E. Morris

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Tuesday 07/16/2013
It's time to clean the county's balance sheet
Posted: July 16, 2013

Dr. Vidya Kora

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Wednesday 05/29/2013
Invest in kids, roads
Posted: May 29, 2013

Michigan fiscal leaders recently met with economists from across the state for the annual May Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference to make economic and revenue projections that set parameters for state budgeting decisions.

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It’s not just the skyline that has changed in La Porte
Posted: May 29, 2013

I deeply appreciate the articles in The Herald-Argus about the demolition of the St. Paul United Church of Christ. I am saddened by the loss of this congregation and building, and perhaps feel a bit guilty that I had no more wisdom than anyone else to preserve the building. I came on the scene in 1930, and thus this church has been part of my life all along.

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Tuesday 05/28/2013
The benefits of working together
Posted: May 28, 2013

Let me tell you about how partnerships and cooperation in economic development have benefited the Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad. The Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad is one of six freight railroads serving La Porte County, and the only one that has its headquarters here.

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Thursday 05/16/2013
Reflections on former Gov. Otis R. Bowen
Posted: May 16, 2013

When Indiana Speaker of the House Dr. Otis R. Bowen ran for governor in 1972, I was serving as secretary of the Indiana State Republican Party and participated in his election campaign.

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Wednesday 05/01/2013
Session of promise squandered by lost opportunities
Posted: May 01, 2013

There were countless opportunities to help hard-working, middle class Hoosiers during the 2013 legislative session, but the Republican super-majorities and the governor managed to squander almost all of them.

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Wednesday 03/13/2013
Commissioners oppose utility legislation
Posted: March 13, 2013

The La Porte County Herald-Argus recently published a story regarding local commissioners' concerns about Senate Bill 560 — a bill aimed at expanding natural gas service to rural areas, providing an energy discount to large customers seeking to expand in Indiana, and making changes to improve and update the utility regulatory process. The story suggested unregulated rate increases allowed by the bill, yet ignored the portion of the bill that will lead to expansion of natural gas infrastructure to rural areas, saving the average homeowner $1,600 per year in reduced energy costs.

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Tuesday 02/12/2013
Lessons from Boca
Posted: February 12, 2013

I grew up caddying at South Bend Country Club, so by age 12 the members had taught me everything I needed to know about marriage. They said, “Lock your dog in the trunk for an hour and see how he greets you; then lock your wife in the trunk for an hour, and observe her reaction. You tell me who loves you unconditionally.”

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