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Jerry Davich

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Davich: Pastor profoundly thankful for regained hearing

The Rev. Tom Shanahan didn’t want to get his hearing tested once again. He already suffered from 97 percent hearing loss in one ear and the other one was almost as bad. Another test wouldn’t bring back his hearing, he told himself. When he was …

Davich: Artist, 86, ‘still going at it’

Eleanor Lewis may be retired from teaching art, but she’ll never retire from creating art. For more than half a century, the 86-year-old Valparaiso woman has transformed hundreds of blank white canvases into colorful works of art. She uses oils, acrylic, pastel and watercolor with …

Jerry Davich: ‘At least give your (autistic) child a chance’

Brandon Carter didn’t hesitate to follow his “Uncle Mose” into the noisy, distraction-filled Universal Fitness gym in Merrillville. This surprised me a bit because many kids with autism are skittish of such sensory-overloaded environments, with pounding music, loud fans and other gym members pumping iron. …

Jerry Davich: A godless world leaves us to our own devices

What would our world be like without God, or even the belief in a god, any god? Would it be a better place? Fewer wars fueled by religion, dogma and godly justification? Less judgment, hypocrisy and self-righteousness in the name of Jesus? If God created …

Davich: Vietnam vets: ‘We were spit on, cussed at’

Were returning Vietnam veterans greeted by anti-war protesters with spitting, cussing and accusations of being “baby killers”? Yes, local Vietnam vets told me in no uncertain terms. “I was called a baby killer. I was insulted. I was told that I will go to hell …

Davich: Gambling addict confesses his bad beat

Jesse Howard started gambling at a very young age. “When I was 5, I played marbles,” he told me straight-faced. “We played for keeps.” Marbles led to playing cards and tossing quarters against a wall at school. He didn’t think anything of it at the …

Jerry Davich: Were any Vietnam vets really spit on?

Were returning Vietnam veterans greeted by antiwar protesters with spitting, cussing and accusations of being “baby killers”? In my recent column on that still-controversial war and its still-beleaguered vets, one Vietnam vet told me, “I wouldn’t have responded well to being spit on and called …

Davich: Which freedoms are we celebrating today anyway?

Freedom. Today, on the Fourth of July, we are supposed to celebrate this ever-present yet enigmatic word. Our country is a symbol of freedom to much of the world, and we’ve been echoing this word since early childhood. But what kind of freedom exactly are …

Jerry Davich: ‘Love is Love’ — and, yes, this is news

I expected some backlash from last month’s continual news cycle by media outlets regarding the same-sex marriage issue in this conservative state. For instance, this voice mail I received: “Jerry, I’ve had enough of this whole gay marriage thing and all the photos of gays …

DAVICH: New public service group fills negative spaces in Gary

Filling negative spaces. This is the most intriguing initiative of Imagine Gary, a creative arts community service project that kicked off Saturday at the juncture of volunteer mentors and city youth. Actually, it took place at the intersection of 15th Ave. and Massachusetts St., where …

Davich: 50 years later, Vietnam vets look back

The draft. Napalm. Agent Orange. Protests. Casualties. Deaths. “Charlie.” Crossfire. Friendly fire. Flashbacks. Viet Cong. Khmer Rouge. Fall of Saigon. The Tet Offensive. “Apocalypse Now.” Controversy. Regret. These are my immediate thoughts when I think of the Vietnam War, which marked a fateful “can’t turn …

Davich: County’s oldest retail gem closing its doors after 128 years

Connie Burkes didn’t hesitate one nanosecond in response to my question: What will she miss most after closing her beloved jewelry store? “Oh, the customers,” she sighed in between helping customers. “I’ll miss the customers. They’re like family.” After 128 years in business — the …

Davich: Don’t be too quick to blame parents in drownings

What was your reaction to the drowning of the two brothers in that water-filled pit in Hobart, specifically after you learned the circumstances behind their deaths? Was it shock or disbelief over how they died? Was it astonishment over the fact they were unsupervised in …

Davich: Disc golf course family’s tribute to Portage man

It didn’t matter to Glen and Pat Nicholson that Saturday morning was cloudy and overcast. “Even though the sun is not shining, my son is smiling down on us,” Pat told me at Countryside Park in Portage. “He’d be so happy.” Glen choked back emotions, …

Davich: Congregation grays, but Gary church gets national nod

Paula DeBois looked up at the renowned architecture of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, with its sweeping design that leads in one direction — toward heaven. For a moment, though, she appeared to stare straight through its praying hands-style roof to memories of her father, who …

Davich: Happy 57th birthday, Randy Pribble

Randy Pribble didn’t know exactly what to say. So he kept saying the only two words that come naturally while working at Van Til’s Supermarket in Hammond. On Thursday afternoon, the special needs Hammond man had no clue what waited for him outside that grocery …

Davich: Dreaded word resurfaces: Drowned

Drowned. Once again, that dreaded yet inevitable summertime word has surfaced in this region after two young brothers drowned Saturday night in a Hobart pond and a Hammond teen did so Monday night in Lake Michigan. They won’t be the last drowning victims this summer, …