Retiree giving important for United Way

As a fellow retiree, I'd like to share a few words with you. The United Way of La Porte County needs your support. Perhaps you no longer have access to payroll deduction, or are not exposed to United Way campaign promotions in the fall, but believe me, our community still needs your support. One in four residents of La Porte County depend on something funded by our local United Way.

Did you know that last year United Way funding provided:

• over 45,000 meals for seniors and folks with disabilities,

• wheel chair ramps for those in need, and

• blood testing, packaging, and the collection of over 4,900 pints of blood in our county?

These are just a few examples of services that you, your neighbors, or your family members might utilize now or in the future. There are many more services being provided for local youth and struggling families that strengthen the quality of life for all of us.

As our population ages and seniors become a larger portion of our community, retiree giving becomes a very important part of the overall United Way impact. Support from retirees and seniors is vital.

Please consider a gift to help those in need. Making a donation to the United Way of La Porte County is easy and tax deductible. You can send your contribution to 422 Franklin Street, Michigan City, IN 46360; or go online to

Please join me in helping make La Porte County a better place to live. Don't retire from giving. Please give generously to the United Way. Today.

– Jim Arnold,

Annual Campaign Cabinet Member and retired Indiana Senator


Council candidate: Government too big

My name is Steve Holifield, candidate for La Porte County Council District 4. I'm not your typical Democrat, nor am I conducting a typical campaign. With my farm keeping me busy, I haven't attended the functions typical candidates do. I'm using Facebook and other social media. I'm doing this on my own dime so I'll only be accountable to taxpayers, not special interests or parties. Parties no longer have taxpayers' best interests in their plans. Both have failed us. They're no longer the parties of our parents and grandparents.

My platform is simple. Taxpayers are burdened with ever-growing government, increasing taxes and burdensome regulations. Our tax dollars should be spent on needed services, not doing things "the same way we always have." It's time to find ways to shrink government. Every department must be scrutinized to see how much service taxpayers get for their money. I'm a firm believer that smaller government is cheaper, more efficient government, which, along with less regulations, brings economic growth.

I've lived in La Porte County since 1974; graduated from La Porte High School in 1984; and operate a family farm near Mill Creek. I have three children. I've served on the Fish Lake Conservancy District and Lincoln Township Advisory Board, working with the Trustee on budgets and funding. I was a graduate of Leadership 2000, where I learned how to become involved to help make a difference.

If elected I'll be at every meeting to see that money is spent wisely. Reach me 219-608-0208,, or on Facebook at SteveforLPCounty. I'm not doing this to make a career. I'm doing this because I think it's time to look at new ways of doing things. I would appreciate your vote.

– Steve Holifield,

Lincoln Township


Thanks to those who helped

I would like to thank all the wonderful people who stopped to help me when I fell and broke my wrist and knee on my walk along Stone Lake with my dog on July 17.

These situations, though unwelcome, reaffirm my faith in the kindness of strangers.

I would also like to thank EMS, hospital personnel, Dr. Thomas Kay of the Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute and Occupational Therapist Mary Moskwa of Athletico for their excellent care and service.

And thank you, of course, to my family for all their help and assistance during my recovery.

— Michele Barber,

La Porte


Candidate endorsement letters

The Herald-Argus will publish letters from local residents endorsing candidates for the November general election in the Voice of the People column. Letters can be no more than 300 words, and are subject to editing for brevity and appropriateness. Letters demeaning a candidate will not be considered.

Candidates may send letters endorsing themselves, but will be limited to one letter prior to the Nov. 6 election. All other writers will be limited to one letter every 30 days. Letters must include a phone number and address for verification purposes. The author's name and hometown will be published.

Letters can be emailed to; submitted through the website by clicking on the Voice of the People link; or by mail to La Porte County Herald-Argus, 701 State St., La Porte, IN, 46350. Letters must be received by noon on Thursday, Nov. 1, for publication prior to the election.

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