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Rutter: For Hammond’s mayor, it’s all about him

We stand stunned and dazed by the horror of mass murder in Northwest Indiana, but it’s not all bad news. Sure, seven women were brutally murdered, but there’s no use fixating on human degradation. Look at the bright side. Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott does. Of …

Niedner: Ebola hysteria obscures greater threats

“Ebola is coming, Ebola is coming!” sounds the chorus of talking heads on the 24-7 TV news stations. The rest of the message, clear enough though unspoken, urges viewers to “Be afraid. Be very afraid.” These messengers have a job to do — generate a …

Milbank: A Democratic candidate who embraces Obama

WASHINGTON — David Perdue took the cheap and easy route. The Republican Senate candidate in Georgia, like Republican candidates in most other competitive congressional races, calculated that the surest road to victory was to tie his opponent, Democrat Michelle Nunn, to President Obama. “The president …

Cal Bellamy: Ethics commission achieving positive results

As president of the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission (SEAC), I feel compelled to respond to David Rutter’s Oct. 12 column. He criticizes our awkward-sounding name. He seems to fault us for not being able to make saints out of sinners or hardened criminals into model …

Rutter: Media no strangers to income inequality

Peter Liguori and I have never met, but I will stipulate that he’s probably a nice guy with a nice family and nice home and lots of nice things inside his nice home. He and I are sort of in the same business. Media is …

Parker: A little panic might be helpful

WASHINGTON — Now, now, let’s not panic. Yes, we have a second Ebola virus patient infected after treating the Liberian man who apparently concealed his exposure to this often-fatal disease, but this is no reason to panic. “It’s bad news that another person is sick,” …

Niedner: No need for job-related anger to lead to violence

Most personal meltdowns that snowball into newsworthy stories have origins more complex than the public usually learns. On the surface, however, it appears that the fellow who recently sabotaged the Aurora, Illinois, air radar center and temporarily snarled the nation’s air traffic did so to …

Rutter: Porter County government moves onward to good schmethics

The village of Hebron discovered ethics last month. This occurred just after Police Chief Steve Sibbrell fled out the barn door for happier pastures. As the barn door stood agape, Cal Bellamy entered to pick up the pieces and bring harmony to the furrowed brows …

Niedner: America’s ambivalence toward war

President Obama declared “war on war” at a recent United Nations gathering. The timing seemed apt, what with armed conflict raging in Syria, Iraq and the Ukraine, and smoke still lingering from recent fighting in Gaza, Mali, Nigeria, the Central African Republic and South Sudan. …

Rutter: Let Russians have Ukraine but not Pabst Blue Ribbon

As the oldest hipster in America, I have buying decisions to make. Sure, I’m witty of banter, charming and droll in demeanor, free in thinking, socially conscious and dismissive of shallow consumerism. My clothes are older than you are. I groove. I was hip when …

Parker: Which party waging ‘war on women’?

WASHINGTON — It has long been accepted by the conventionally wise that the Republican Party is waging a “war on women.” Let’s be clear. The war on women is based on just one thing, abortion rights. While it’s true that access to abortion has been …

Guest column: Toll Road lease still a good deal for Indiana

Just when we thought the debate from nearly a decade ago about the Indiana Toll Road lease had been laid to rest, news emerges that the private company that operates the tollway is filing for bankruptcy. I am familiar with the arguments for and against …

Rutter: LinkedIn fibs make us better and worse than reality

If you are a bright, buttoned-down go-getter who might be looking for a job, your personal LinkedIn.com Internet profile could look something like this: “I am a(n) … Executive … with extensive community outreach experience and am currently working as a Certified (PHR) VP of …

Guest column: Hispanic contributions seen everywhere in America

Recently, I was asked to speak to a group of third- and fourth-graders in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, which is being celebrated through Oct. 16. As I prepared for my presentation, I was surprised at the lack of awareness, exhibits, programs or events scheduled …