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Never in a million years would I think that my small town would take part in something so big. On June 5, La Porte played host to a protest in response to the death of George Floyd, a Minnesota man whose death sparked national outrage.

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In response to a recent News-Dispatch article about the city budget shortfalls, I felt the need to write this to inform the public and be a voice of reason from the City Council.

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As it marks its centennial this month, the League of Women Voters shows how difficult it is for a political organization born and bred in nonpartisanship to navigate the cratered road of partisan destruction. The ascendance of President Donald Trump, the decline of the Republican Party and t…

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Richard Lieber was a German-American businessman who became the father of the Indiana state parks system. At the time of his death, he was one of the most powerful spokesmen in the United States for the conservation of our natural resources.

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For most of his 29 years in Congress, Bernie Sanders was mainly a left-wing gadfly, a relentless critic of the bipartisan Cold War consensus and a defender of regimes that resisted U.S. power.

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The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has pledged to save a percentage of the state’s old-growth forests, but this must be done in the proper way to get the true benefit. At present, the strategic plan includes protecting 10 percent of state forests to allow them to become old-growth forest.

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I am writing in response to the article “Smoking ban snuffed out” in The News-Dispatch on May 29. I commend Councilwoman Sharon Carnes for leading the smoke-free parks public health initiative in Michigan City. Though the ordinance was rejected, this is an opportunity to raise awareness abou…

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If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete, or an adult fan who enjoys high school athletic events here in Indiana, this message is primarily for you.

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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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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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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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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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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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