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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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The TRIO/Educational Talent Search Program, located on the campus of Purdue University Northwest, is a federally funded program by the United States Department of Education, intended to provide students from various counties within the Northwest Indiana region with access to high quality pre…

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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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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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My son was an avid La Porte Slicer. His first love was playing football. His “other-season" sport was wrestling. He approached both sports enthusiastically, with pride and commitment. I am confident in saying that his teammates felt the same way. Hours of practice, having to maintain good gr…

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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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It is a new year, but if you listen to or read the headlines, there appears to be nothing new at all.

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(Editor's note: Enjoy to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”)

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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 déjà vu all over again!” Celebrated wordsmith Yogi Berra firmly established that phrase in the American lexicon decades ago, and it is a perfect description of yet another debate raging in Washington today.

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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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If you had asked me two weeks ago to rate the presidency of George H. W. Bush, I would have said he was OK – kind of a one-term placekeeper for the presidents to follow.

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I love dogs. While I see the value of cat ownership, it is the dog that has my heart. Up until a few years ago when Drew and I had to put our aged, suffering, black lab down; we always had a dog, sometimes two. Growing up, our dogs were an integral part of my family.

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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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I am not going to write about all of the disturbing events of the past weeks. I am not writing about the little ghosts, witches, zombies, Stormtroopers and werewolves who knocked on our door trying to scare us on Halloween.

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Please forget how you voted or why you voted. Please forget if you are red, blue, purple or whatever. Is that possible for the few minutes it will take to read this column? I hope so.

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I must be honest. I'm not a bird person. They have scary beaks and ominous talons. They're anything but snuggle-able. It’s personal. It’s me.

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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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I have been receiving many emails from readers who have strong opinions in opposition to those I have expressed in some of my columns. First and foremost, I appreciate all of those readers for taking the time from their busy schedules to write to me. This is one of the things that makes our …

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You’ve caught me on a bad day. I don’t want to keep talking politics. But, as when I’m driving and find myself in a gawker’s delay due to a train wreck, I simply can’t stop myself from slowing down to take a look. It’s embarrassing really.