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When I learned of John McCain’s death, I was surprised to also learn that his mother is still living. After all, Roberta McCain is 106 years old. Few Americans have the chance to be nearly 82 years old, as Sen. McCain was, and still have the blessing of a living, breathing parent on earth. F…

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Q: Is there a city ordinance or a law about conceal carrying a handgun in Washington Park? I looked on the city website, park website and Indiana laws on the internet and found none. I also do not see any signage at the park itself.

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A Sept. 11, 2017, report by Stephanie Wang of the The Indianapolis Star said that some people oppose a hate crime law because they believe it would their right violate free speech or thought. But hate crime only applies to other criminal action, as an underlying crime, and not to hate speech.

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High levels of dangerous lead in children can result in lower IQs, reduced academic performance, lower state test scores, and compromised career outcomes for lower lifetime wages. Behavioral consequences could include shorter attention spans, poor impulse control, ADHD, and juvenile incarceration.

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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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A new school year is upon us. As much as it’s a time for students to turn over a new leaf and start the year off right, it’s a time for parents to start the year off right…with the teacher.

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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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Q: Meijer had beer on sale and I went there to stock up. I grabbed five cases and headed to the checkout (don’t judge me). The clerk told me there was a limit of three cases I could buy because this was the law. I have never heard of this before. Is this really a law in Indiana?

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I always thought that Mike Rowe should have spent a week with a toddler in potty training when he did the “Dirty Jobs” show. Cleaning out sewers and working on a mealworm farm have nothing over the mess and high emotions of potty training. Potty training can be messy, smelly and at times, th…

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Q: I have been driving for over 10 years and regrettably I just got my first speeding ticket and I truly am guilty! My question is, do the police automatically turn this into my insurance company? I want to pay it right away, but I don’t want my husband to find out or our rates to go up.

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If we hadn’t moved from the blistering hot sun to the shade at Wrigley Field last Saturday, my husband, daughter and I would’ve been just about an arm’s length away from Baez’s home run ball. Like the nearly 42,000 other fans, we arrived at the Friendly Confines hoping for that one-in-a-mill…

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These hot summer days welcome beachgoers for a cool dip in Lake Michigan. You can almost see the heat radiating off of the pavement these days.

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Federal, state and local governments as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are all talking about sexual harassment. The federal government is focused on settlement disclosures, arbitration agreements and tax deduction denial. States are proposing restricting nondisclo…

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I never would have guessed that these words could come out of my mouth, but there is a thing as “too much ice cream.” Back in my younger days when I worked at Dairy Queen, my co-workers and I would tire of eating ice cream. While there was no official protocol as to how much ice cream we cou…

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Forty-six years ago, Drew and I had our first date. He was graduating law school and had decided to buy himself a present – a motorcycle. He asked me to join him in the selection. Honestly, who could say no to that kind of first date invitation?

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a chilling fact from a 2014 report by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services: “If smoking continues at the current rate among youth in this country, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 will die early from a smoki…

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The recent suicides of high profile names has incited public conversation about suicide. It’s a topic that is usually relegated to hushed tones.

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Q: I am so excited as I finally was able to purchase an old military jeep from a private auction. I have all of the ownership papers releasing it from the Army, but now how do I go about getting an antique license plate for it?

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We are so blessed to live in a community that offers so many summertime activities: Zoos, hiking trails, beaches, picnic areas, museums, parades, farmers markets, art galleries. Don’t forget to look upward, because some of our finest summer attractions take place in the sky.

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Mother Nature unleashed her heat and humidity on Memorial Day weekend. While it looks like we’ll get a break from the inferno this week, those hot, hot days are sure to return before we’re blessed with a snowfall.

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Each spring, students across America are required to take standardized tests to show what they have learned that school year and to measure their knowledge. But are standardized tests really helping students improve and preparing them for the future?

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Political beliefs are personal. Chances are slim that anyone can change our minds about our political views. Yet some people debate and argue about politics with their family, friends and coworkers. Because people spend so much of their time at work, it makes sense that conversations about b…

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Q: I was pulled over by a police officer and asked if I would consent to have my car searched. I did not have anything to hide so I did give him permission, but what does “consent to search” really mean? Could I have just said, “No?”

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Have you ever asked one of your relatives or a friend younger than you about the stuff they learn at school? Then you probably realize what they’re learning differs from what you were learning when you were their age.

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Memorial Day marks the unofficial first day of summer. Regardless of where the mercury lies, lifeguards will be climbing their towers, teachers will be locking up their classrooms and many dads and moms will be gassing up their tanks – albeit wiping their brow as they wonder what possessed t…

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It’s a funny thing when your toddler realizes you have a real name, besides “Mom” or “Dad.” Repeating that real name is one of their early acts of independence, almost as if they are playing make-believe at adulthood. Maybe it’s an experiment in learning how far they can push the envelope. F…

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Q: Could you please help me and look up the name of Doris G. Wilson who was born on Nov. 17 of 1987. I just want to ensure that she is who she says she is. I met her online several months ago and we became great friends and we correspond just about every day and really have a special connect…

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With the Indiana Dunes right in our backyard, it might be easy to forget that this fragile ecosystem is indeed a national treasure. Fortunately, residents have been involved in protecting the dunes for decades, and it’s a mission that continues today.

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If you were wondering to yourself whether spring would ever return, you got your answer this week. As the lightning danced across Wednesday’s night sky, Mother Nature reminded us that it’s not always a peaceful transition from winter to spring.

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Peter Drucker coined the term "knowledge worker" in 1959 anticipating an age when people would generate value with their minds more than their muscle. As early as 1954, Drucker encouraged leaders to push decision making down through the organization. Drucker said, “Knowledge workers have to …

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As I wrote last week, Israel opened high level communications with Russia once they became aware of Iran’s growing military presence in Syria. Iran was establishing a staging point from which to attack Israel. The Israelis wanted Russia’s help to stem Iran’s ambition. Meanwhile, Russia had p…

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Q: I lived in Kentucky and I couldn’t afford insurance on my car, and I got into a couple of accidents. The State of Indiana won’t give me a driver’s license because I have not paid the accidents off in Kentucky. I am a single mother working full time, so I need to get back and forth to work…

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It’s generally understood that instilling respectable values in children is an adult responsibility. Sometimes, though, it’s the children who are reminding us of those values when we go astray.

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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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Whenever I need a good belly laugh, I pull out a Garrison Keillor story. One of my favorite Keillor tall tales is – “My father always said that you can’t plant corn and date women at the same time. It just doesn’t work. You can only do one thing at a time.”

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Q: I need help. I was driving down U.S. 20 and all of a sudden, my leg had a cramp on the gas pedal. The officer did not seem to understand my reasoning and gave me a ticket for speeding. Is there a way you can help or can I get a doctor’s excuse?

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As England waits with bated breath for their newest royal baby to arrive, I can only think that every baby should be greeted with the same revelry. The pealing of bells and frenzied crowds of well-wishers shouldn’t be reserved for royalty. After all, every baby born has the potential to go o…

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Businesses have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to improve their employee engagement scores. Yet Gallup, who has measured engagement scores since 2000, has seen little if any change. Engagement has been defined a number of ways including employees who consistency give discretionary eff…

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There’s a certain allure to blue window cleansers and purple dish soap that draws young children to them. Perhaps it’s the tasty illusion of blue raspberry snow cone juice or the exotic scent of pomegranates. That same magnetic pull drew my sister and me into eating a handful of chewable vit…

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When my dad recently started telling me the story of his childhood friend who had a pet black crow, I knew it would be something extraordinary.

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When asked about how much wealth he was going to pass onto his children, billionaire Warren Buffet told Fortune magazine in 1986, “I want to give them enough that they would feel they can do anything, but not so much that they can do nothing.”