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Better options exist than extension of South Shore

Increasing the use of public transportation, a desired outcome of the South Shore commuter line expansion, has merit. But U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky’s proposal overlooks less costly, existing and environmentally sound alternatives while its speculative presumptions ignore critically important residential housing trends of the “millennial …

Rutter: The ‘One Region, One Hallucination’ that endures

If you insist on being cynical about good intentions, we’ll just ask you to leave and take your sorry attitude with you. So, it appears we will not be invited to offer our expertise about social interaction, comity and good dental health to the “One …

Note to Gary Council: It’s time to pay taxes

In our ceaseless devotion to public service, we want to remind the Gary City Council, and especially Councilman Ronier Scott, that the April 15 federal tax filing deadline is about a week away. It’s never a good idea to let that date approach without rounding …

David Rutter: Lake Central leaders failed their chance to teach

We send our children to school and hope for the best. Take care of them, we tell the schools, and make them smarter. We’ll give you the children, but it’s only a loan. We expect to get them back as more complete humans. While you’re …

Rutter: Region’s cultural differences run deep

The lady was perturbed, the normal harmonic after the phone rings at a newspaper office. She was peeved because her ladies church auxiliary was being hosed. The nature of the crime was that we had publicized three press releases about auxiliary church dinners at the …

Rutter: Rail expansion and the value of the 10-minute walk

Let me explain passenger trains by explaining the 10-minute walk. Never heard of Lake Villa, Ill.? No reason you should. It’s only 8,500 or so nice folks who live near the Wisconsin border. The town has no industry, no major university, no hospital and a …

Comedy Obama at its finest on Internet comedy show

It was more amusing than piano-playing kittens to see Barack Obama plug the Affordable Care Act on Zach Galifianakis’ Internet comedy show. Not late night. Not basic cable. An Internet show: “Between 2 Ferns.” Even funnier was the president trotting out the same expression he …

How American are we? I’ve been watching sports events all my life and as a veteran our National Anthem is played before every sporting event. It’s sad for me to say during these NCAA college basketball eliminations, I haven’t seen the National Anthem before any …

How did we get to this point, Porter Hospital?

You know how memory can be such a tantalizing tease. One night you give away $13 million to a multimillion-simoleon corporation, and then the next day you completely forget what the deal was. Let’s see. Do I write the check to you guys Monday morning? …

War is hell, and hell does not create heroes

He was a quasi-high school friend, one of those guys who hangs close to your group like the little fish that travel with sharks in the hopes of catching a few unmunched morsels. Of course that’s harsh, and makes it seem I traveled with some …

GOP prefers imperial presidents — in Russia

“People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates,” said fraction-term governor and noted Putin-watcher Sarah Palin on Fox News’ Hannity this week. Russian President …

Some obvious ways to cut our military spending

Is it really a surprise that the governors of all 50 states are pushing back against President Obama’s push to cut their National Guard troops? The difference between the Democratic president’s approach and that of Republicans like Senator Tom Coburn is the president wants to …

Letters to the Editor

Lies, and the pols who tell them Well, the blind, one-liner parrots are at it again, squawking the same lies their rich, white heroes advocate. “Raising the minimum wage will kill jobs.” Unfortunately for reality, the more money in a worker’s pocket, the more will …

The Democrats can’t be heard at this hearing

Darrell Issa, chairman of the House committee leading numerous investigations of the Obama administration, found a new way to silence Democratic critics who question his actions: He shut off the microphones. The California Republican had said that Lois Lerner, a key figure in the IRS …

Crimean crisis gives us much to think about

Russian President Vladimir Putin has held up his hand, clenched his fist and given “half a peace sign” to the Ukraine, Europe and especially to President Barack Obama. And so the debate has begun: Is the invasion of Crimea a shocking turning point for modern …

Obama too weak? The evidence isn’t very strong

President Obama is such a weak strongman. What’s more, he is a feeble dictator and a timid tyrant. That, at any rate, is Republicans’ critique of him. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Obama’s critics pivoted seamlessly from complaining about his overreach to fretting that he …