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Updated: February 19, 2013 12:18PM



Happy Birthday

Feb. 22: Kevin Van Sessen

Feb. 26: Pam Dolan — a benchmark birthday

Fish Fry Season — all have carry outs

† Fridays during Lent, 4-7 p.m., St. Andrew’s, 801 W. 73rd Ave., Merrillville, pierogis too

† The Knights of Columbus Fish Fry Fridays, all 4 to 7:30 p.m., with cooking by the KC men from Lowell:

Feb. 22 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton near Lake Eliza

March 8 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Winfield

March 15 at St. Mary’s, Crown Point

St. Mary Catholic School in Crown Point is taking applications now for 2013-14. Call 663-0676 for more information, or go to www.stmarycrownpoint.org.

February 22 is the last day to get St. Patrick’s Day Parade Kids Logo designs turned in.

Speaking of St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Crown Point is strange. Who ever heard of a St. Patrick’s Day Parade without politicians? It just doesn’t seem Irish. Oh Sigh! It is a fun event anyway. No one else has a nighttime parade. From the premiere charity event, the St. Baldrick’s head shaving for childhood cancer research, to the corned beef dinner ($10 adults, $9 seniors and a $4 kids meal, get your tickets at the Park District office), both at the fire station, to venders around the square with more food and crafts, to the after-dusk parade, it is a long and fun day. I love my drummer boy, Paul Long with the Band of Brothers Fire Fighters Pipes and Drums. I like the Lake County Police band also.

Congratulations to the new officers of the Crown Point Redevelopment Commission: Councilwoman Carol Drasga, R-5th is the new president. Brad Bosse is the vice president and Mayor Dave Uran’s chief of staff, Keith Stevens, is the secretary.

We need more Republicans that are more like Eisenhower and less like Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin. Fiscal conservatives, yes. At least Eisenhower’s 1950s put people back to work on the highways and bridges. On June 29, 1956, he signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act creating the Interstate Highway System, the single largest public works program in U.S. history, constructing 41,000 miles of roads across the country. Eisenhower strengthened Social Security and increased the minimum wage and created the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. A Republican President and hero did all this at the same time.

Even during the Great Depression of the 1930s Washington put people to work. We had a Great Depression and FDR put people back to work. That is how we survived. That is how Crown Point High School was built, and how the breakwaters that go from Chicago up north past Racine, Wisc. to Milwaukee were built. People got jobs and a paycheck, not a hand-out.

Then we got into a World War and everybody did their bit. There was rationing for the folks at home so our boys over seas got taken care of. Only families with little children got real milk. When Dwight David Eisenhower got elected he wanted the highways and bridges he saw all over Europe to make us safer. He could move troops easily across this vast country in straight lines. Those men that came home got jobs building roads and bridges. The Republicans worked hand-in-hand with the trade unions to get it done. There were hiccups but it got done.

Then we got years of complacency — we allowed foreign companies to build our products with cheaper labor and bring it into our country with inflated money from their countries and we lost manufacturing jobs, by the thousands. Northwest Indiana and all of Indiana as well as Pennsylvania used to be supported by steel. Now we allow our competitors to bring in lesser product at cheaper prices and don’t put tariffs on that product. It might make those countries mad at us. We won the war and LOST THE PEACE.

We need to put people back to work on roads and highways. They will earn good pay, come into our neighborhoods and spend that money on goods and services putting more people back to work in service and manufacturing and all of these worker will be paying taxes. The big banks have shown that they will just hoard the money.



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