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As the year draws to a close, do you look back and wonder where the time went? It seems that the days are long, but the years are short. Really short.

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Q: I got troubles! My husband is now retired, and he is hoarding things in our yard, home and garage! He “patrols” alleys and garbage dumpsters and just about everything he finds comes home with him. Is there any way that I can get him to stop and remove this stuff?

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There are many ways a person can get stressed out. Whether it’s school, personal problems, or that things just aren’t going right in life, you may be stressed out at any time. This is a large problem for people trying to focus on things, or even simply just trying to enjoy life. This can get…

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Q: Our sons who are 11 and 13 years old have finally talked us into getting them paint ball guns for Christmas. Are they old enough to shoot at each other and also targets as long as they are wearing protective gear and in our backyard with parental supervision?

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When I was young, I had a board game called The Emily Post Popularity Game. Its underlying theme was that proper etiquette and good manners won friends, which presented opportunities to attend parties, sports events and dinners. After all, who wants a party guest who blows his nose into his hands?

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The term “employee engagement” is more than 30 years old. Employers are still trying to figure out how to improve engagement. Perhaps we missed the target because we didn’t pay attention to its definition. William A. Kahn who coined the term defined it as “simultaneous employment and express…

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Q: OK. It’s time for a confession. I got involved with one of those free dating sites and ended up meeting this guy online. We eventually went out on a date, in which he turned out to be very strange. I was very polite and after dinner made an excuse and left. Since then he continually sends…

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Recently, Barker Middle School transitioned to a new type of scheduling called block scheduling. This is quite a different way to schedule classes when compared to the original 45-minute classes. So what is block scheduling, and what is its purpose?

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Swedes have quite the sweet tooth. On average, they eat 35 pounds of candy each year (dailymeal.com). That’s roughly 1,418 more chocolate kisses consumed by Swedes a year than Americans.

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Q: I own an upscale hair salon here in Michigan City and I would love to provide wine to my customers during their appointments. How would I go about doing this? Can the police chief just give us permission?

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In 1962, the purpose of business was simple; use your resources and engage in activities to increase profits, according to Milton Friedman, a leading economist of the time. Friedman said an executive has direct responsibility to his employer. “That responsibility is to conduct business in ac…

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Note: By the time this column runs, events may have occurred resolving the issue of the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

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Q: I am just fit to be tied! I was in a car accident where I ended up with a minor injury. At the scene the woman that hit me was being very deceptive “not remembering” her insurance company and was unable to provide proof she had insurance to the police officer. Why didn’t she receive a tic…

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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.