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… ]]> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 23:40:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Leaf blowers and flooding ]]>

From basements to streets to interchanges and viaducts, it seems flooding is on the increase in the Chicago area. It appears the increase in flooding might correspond in part to the greater use of leaf blowers — those noisy, obnoxious toys in the homeowner’s and contractor’s lawn care inventory that take the place of raking (which is good exercise, nonpolluting and often as fast as the noisy polluting blowers). Instead of raking leaves into a pile and putting them in yard waste bags or containers, the leaves are blown into the street where they usually remain along the curb. The … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:11:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Healthier school meals need support ]]>

With the new school year, parents’ attention is turning to school lunches. Traditionally, the Agriculture Department had used the National School Lunch Program as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities, and children consumed animal fat and sugary drinks to the point where about one-third are now overweight or obese. Their early dietary flaws became lifelong habits — raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. In recent years, several state legislatures asked their schools to offer daily vegetarian options, and 64 percent of U.S. school districts now do. Moreover, hundreds of schools and school districts have … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:28:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Difficult to defend ]]>

Regarding Gary Ziolkowski’s Aug. 31 letter in the Post-Tribune, well, Gary, you are about half-right as usual. The apparent shooting of an unarmed person by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, was a tragedy. Policeman Darren Wilson has not been charged, tried or convicted. I, too, have read a lot of racial remarks from blacks and whites about the shooting, but I have yet to read or hear a factual explanation from the police in Missouri. They have had several weeks to investigate and still nothing official has been reported by the “liberal media” or any other media in the way … ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:08:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Legal inconsistency ]]>

An Indiana law requires police to obtain a warrant to collect evidence with the use of drones. However, in a Aug. 31 column by Jerry Davich (‘’Do sobriety checks trample Indiana citizens rights?’’) an officer says that during such checkpoints, police “search every third vehicle, regardless of how the driver looks, acts or drives.’’ It seems strange that one type of police activity, gathering evidence via drones, requires a warrant, while another, sobriety checkpoints, does not and every third vehicle can be searched just by its position in line — without regard to probable cause, even if the motorist has … ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:08:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ No reason to be disappointed ]]>

I read the Aug. 21 column by Michael Steinberg regarding Israel’s battle with Hamas in the Mideast. In his opening paragraph, he immediately puts anyone who might disagree with him on the defensive. Steinberg states, “Many people are quick to judge Israel regarding its staunch defense against Hamas in Gaza.” Nowhere in his writing does he mention the fact that the United States spends hundreds of millions of dollars to support Israel’s military machine. Case in point: On Aug. 1, Congress approved spending $225 million more in aid to Israel to replenish funds for its Iron Dome missile defense system. … ]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 02:08:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Suppose it was  all reversed ]]>

I have been reading about all of the fuss, the marches and rallies in Ferguson, Missouri, regarding the shooting of the black youth by a white police officer. May I offer a bit of food for thought? Suppose Ferguson was 67 percent white rather than black. Suppose there were 53 black officers on the police force and three whites. Suppose the school board was all black. Suppose the white residents were given the largest percentage of traffic tickets for the purpose of raising money to support the town. Suppose a black policeman pumped six bullets in an unarmed white teen … ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 02:08:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Who speaks  for the police? ]]>

After watching the debacle in Ferguson, Missouri, I’m wondering if cops have the same rights and protections under the law as minorities and other protected citizens. When community leaders, outside agitators and the governor of Missouri rush to judgment in the death of Michael Brown, it appears that the rule of law and the rights under our Constitution are trumped by political correctness and race baiting. It is a sad commentary on our modern society that when before any investigation is even started, Darren Wilson, the policeman involved in the tragic incident, is already charged, tried and convicted by demagogue … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:07:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Solving the Lucas  museum issue ]]>

I have a solution for the Lucas Museum site controversy that would give George Lucas the prime lakefront location he would like without any further violation of Chicago’s lakefront protection ordinance. Mayor Emanuel should persuade the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (known as McPier) to sell Mr. Lucas the original McCormick Place Lakeside Center and Arie Crown Theater. Lucas could then renovate the Lakeside Center in whatever way he chooses. McPier could then take the money and add to the McCormick Place complex west of Lake Shore Drive. Lucas would get his lakefront site, the mayor could get a museum … ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:08:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ It’s Pence who should go ]]>

I agree with David Rutter’s recent column about our so-called Christian, no-good governor. I have an idea — let’s allow the immigrant children to stay here and deport Mike Pence. Kay Croyle North Judson … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:59:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Border similarities? ]]>

The Islamic State terrorists who behead people who won’t become Muslims and who turn captured women into sex slaves have posted a video saying that they will attack America. They could capitalize on the border between Mexico and the U.S. being as unguarded as the border between Syria and Iraq. Woodrow Wilcox Griffith … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:59:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gary council doesn’t get it ]]>

The Gary City Council has voted to keep a felon, Ronier Scott, on the council despite his conviction for failing to file federal income tax returns for five years since 2000. He was released from federal prison last week after serving three months. In declining to remove him from his council seat, council members cited the fact that Scott is the sole provider for his family. Why not make him city treasurer? This is the council that wants money for a teaching hospital and a trauma unit. Remember Gilroy Stadium? The downtown parking lot, the Sheraton Hotel, etc.? Not to … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:59:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Water is an economic development issue ]]>

Water about economic development It takes a lot of water to build and grow things, and in Indiana that’s what we do. It’s why the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation commissioned a study on water resources. We want the state to grow and thrive, and water is one of the necessary elements to accomplish that. Indiana has an economic advantage now with its water availability. But droughts do happen. Without proper management and planning, our water strength will become a liability — one that impacts businesses and citizens. The study found that water availability varies dramatically across the state. Southern … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:45:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Drinking water threatened ]]>

The drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents recently was fouled by animal waste. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen again in our state. This problem of polluted drinking water has become pervasive. Animal agriculture dumps more pollution into our waterways than all human activities combined. Principal pollutants are animal manure, fertilizers, soil particles, organic debris and pesticides from feed cropland. Manure and fertilizers promote growth of toxic algae that poison drinking water supplies. Organic matter feeds microorganisms that deplete oxygen and kill fish. Effective regulations to limit dumping of animal waste into water … ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:33:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Where are the adults? ]]>

The “coyotes” in Mexico and the terrorists are laughing their butts off knowing that America can’t close its border and protect American citizens. It has been reported that 290,000 illegals have recently crossed the border into our country and are pretty much set free with a note to appear in court, (what a joke) but my concern is that the media is only talking about the 50,000-plus children. Where are all the adults? Tammy Grdinich, Crown Point … ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:51:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Liked column on Gary’s people ]]>

I would like to thank Gary attorney Rebecca Wyatt on a timely and well-written recent column (“Gary people are its greatest asset”). I was so moved by what she said — that in our city are some great people who love their city and are proud of their city. Being a pastor, I always declare that God has many people in this city. In spite of the tragedies that take place, our city still survives. Thank you again, Ms. Wyatt. The Rev. Charles E. Adams Jr. Gary … ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 06:52:39 -0500