Thanks those who cared for wife

Editor, On behalf of my family, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the following friends, extended family, and physicians that cared for my wife, Debbie Boone, during her gallant, one-year battle with glioblastoma brain cancer.

Dr. Bassem Charr, Dr. Minesh Patel and nurse practitioner Tracy Novak provided more than healthcare, they provided love and compassion. The administration, staff, and parents of Michigan City High School, and St. John's Lutheran Church and School were amazing with their meals, prayers, and accommodations during the cancer journey.

Many, many friends and family members took responsibility for transporting my beautiful wife to her chemo/radiation treatments at Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Thanks also to the incredible, caring staff from Dunes Hospice who made the transition journey a loving experience. They cared for my wife as if she were a member of their own family.

Finally, my forever gratitude goes to the profession staff at Lakeview Funeral Home in La Porte for their attention to detail and making our final arrangements as painless as possible. Thanks to all who attended Debbie's memorial service. Your attendance, tears, and showers of affection showed how much you loved her. She lives now in our hearts and memories, an angel watching over us.

And as she always reminded us, "God is Good, All the Time!" Love you, Babe!

Dr. Rory Allen Boone

Michigan City

We're just not there yet

Editor, Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday reminded me of a man standing on the ledge of a tall bridge contemplating a fateful jump into the river below when a passerby runs up to stop him. “Wait!” shouts the passerby, “Don’t jump. Let’s talk.” The two men walk earnestly discussing the world condition and reasons for hope. When they return to the bridge an hour later, they both jumped.

A dark joke, but a common view today. A friend, recently referring to King’s “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it tends toward justice” quote, said he sadly no longer agrees with that statement. Coming from my usually more optimistic friend, the remark surprised me.

We had been talking about the impeachment hearings, the “rule of law” debate, and general hostility between almost any two dissenting sides in society. Today it seems nobody can accept even slight tweaking of their opinion let alone another perspective.

Then I remembered that since MLK’s death, America elected a black president — twice; Congress is the most racially and gender diverse in history; and despite the contentious 2016 election, America finally acknowledged a woman deserved at least a shot at being president, Electoral College notwithstanding.

My friend’s pessimism is well-founded, but maybe there’s still enough followers quietly looking for King’s “Promised Land.” We’re just not there yet.

Jim Newton

Itasca, Illinois

1,000 internships and counting

In the waning hours of 2019, Indiana INTERNnet (IIN) officially reached the milestone of 10,000 completed internships between its students and employers. The true number is likely quite a bit higher as post-internship follow-up pales in comparison to actual connections and experiences.

But the number is significant. That’s 10,000 opportunities for students and others to learn about Indiana communities and careers. That’s 10,000 instances of enthusiastic talent being put in place to help solve workplace challenges. And we know many of those interns became full-time employees and long-term contributors to Indiana’s economic success.

The 10,000 number will grow, as will IIN’s offerings. Continued expansion beyond college interns will bring more high school students, as well as adults looking to advance or change careers, into the fold. We will add to the experiences, facilitating longer-term opportunities, up to and including apprenticeships. On the shorter end of the time scale, job shadows for students and teacher externships are on the horizon.

The same technology that has helped make the 10,000-plus internship connections possible will allow for this expansion. That is accompanied by a high-touch approach – working directly with students, employers and educators throughout the state.

Internship excellence will be celebrated through the 14th annual IMPACT Awards on February 18. Even greater successes, however, are yet to come. Learn more at

Lori A. Danielson

Indiana INTERNnet board president

Mike Slocum

Indiana INTERNnet executive director


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