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Empathy for transgender teen The recent article about the transgender teen was so sad, and chances are the future will be even sadder for this confused young woman. No matter how much she may believe that she is a male, she will never know what it really is to be male. She can take testosterone and alter her body, but she will never feel what it feels like to be a man. The telling remark that was quoted, “I’m happy, sort of, for the most part. I feel like if I’m being me, then I’m hurting other people. Yet I … ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:42:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Your View: GOP for traditional values ]]>

Every time I read or hear another distorted attack on the Republican Party, I recall my introduction to conservatism. I wondered why was anyone who disagreed with the supposedly tolerant liberals branded a “hater” until I learned that this is a specific leftist tactic, designed to intimidate their opposition. Because I make my living in the arts, I was hesitant to explore conservative media but soon found myself agreeing with most of what I heard, because it reflected my own middle-class values and upbringing — responsibility, achievement through hard work, voluntarily helping the needy and respect for America’s founding documents … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:11:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Your View: ]]>

Support extension  of South Shore Line I don’t understand the general attitude toward the South Shore commuter line extension. It seems like, “if it doesn’t benefit me directly, I don’t want it.” The extension may not benefit you directly but it will indirectly. Basically, the jobs in Chicago pay more than the ones in our area. The workers come home to our communities with more money to spend. They buy homes, shop in our stores, support our schools and pay taxes here. We send our children to college to get an education. They then return to our area and are … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:06:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letters to the Editor ]]>

Expanding definition of immigrant I can sense by the tone of Grace Turner’s March 13 letter that she has nothing but good intentions regarding immigration reform. However, when anyone tries to back up their view by saying, “except for the Indians, all of us were immigrants,” I feel it is necessary to respectfully disagree. I have never been, nor will I ever be, classified as an immigrant. My parents were born in the U.S., and I was, too. All four of my grandparents legally entered this country from Europe in the early 1900s. Whatever immigration regulations there were at that … ]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 23:56:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ ]]>

True believers I swear, if Pete Visclosky told the people of Northwest Indiana our future depended on raising unicorns, you’d have folks lined up, begging him to let them invest their last nickel just to prove they believed their esteemed Prophet of Da’ Region! Dan Blankenship Lowell Sponsor S.J.Res.18 AND H.J.Res.21 To Negate Citizens United If it’s true that “money is speech,” as a narrow 5-4 vote of the Supreme Court recently decided, then how can we — the individual voters — ”speak” as loudly as a bunch of multi-billion-dollar corporations? The answer is simple: We can’t. Does anyone honestly … ]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:48:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letters to the Editor ]]>

Too much in common with Common Core This year started with great optimism for thousands of concerned parents, grandparents and many educators from around the state. The governor spoke of his support for “Uncommonly high standards written by Hoosiers for Hoosiers.” The General Assembly was and is moving toward dropping the highly controversial and swiftly adopted Common Core Standards in 2010. The State Board of Education and Department of Education announced they would work cooperatively together to produce a new set of standards. Now, in early March and after three days of public testimony on the new draft standards, the … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:21:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letters to the Editor ]]>

Vegan diet plants seeds of good health This week’s Time Magazine cites several reasons for vegetarians living longer. The article was prompted by a report in American Medical Association’s Internal Medicine that a vegetarian diet lowers blood pressure, a key factor in risk of heart failure and stroke. The Mayo Clinic notes that vegetarians are at lower risk for developing diabetes, another factor in heart disease. Indeed, an Oxford University study of 45,000 adults in last year’s American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vegetarians were 32 percent less likely to suffer from heart disease. Moreover, researchers at California’s Loma … ]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:12:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letters to the Editor ]]>

Keep your religion out of marriage (Pastor Joseph R. Schlawin’s letter on same-sex marriage, published Feb. 28, which was his commentary on a recent Fred Niedner column, elicited this response.) Dear Pastor Schlawin: Your letter regarding gay marriage was ludicrous in every respect. God is Love. God is not the Great Score Keeper in the sky. Death is not punishment for sin. It is as much a part of life as birth. Homosexuality is not a “sin” and no one is trying to “cover it up in marriage” — when did God start marriage? What date? Exactly who are you … ]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 06:28:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letters to the Editor ]]>

Workers’ rights are part  of Dr. King’s dream Now that we have witnessed the 2014 round of commemorations proclaiming America and Northwest Indiana firmly on the road to Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream, those who want to make the dream real must pursue his true activism. Conditions in urban ghettos of Chicago and Watts pushed Dr. King to question persistent joblessness, disillusionment, and the indifference and hypocrisy of economic and political elites. In the spirit of Dr. King, we must continue to fight for a successful Community Benefits Agreement for living-wage jobs; job training and workforce development for unemployed and … ]]> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 06:14:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letters to the Editor ]]>

Party finds its niche — and stays there The Republican-Tea Party-Conservative-Religious Right are great at quoting our Founding Fathers. Sometimes they even quote them correctly. Ronald Reagan is viewed by these people as ten clicks above an icon. This group “stands for something so it doesn’t fall for everything.” I would applaud them if I knew what they actually stood for today as it seems to change tomorrow. They spew “small government” and then get out their vaginal probes. They think that doing nothing is doing something — immigration reform, tax code reform, Wall Street and Big Bank regulation. They … ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 06:42:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letters to the Editor ]]>

Call it anything else, but not marriage The recent Fred Niedner column invoking God’s love in the gay marriage debate truly missed the mark. In stressing the message that God is love, he forgot that throughout all of scripture God is first and foremost a God of justice. The advent of sin in the world and the resulting death for all living things shows that God is serious about sin. This debate is not about hating or even fearing people, but it is a clear declaration that the sin of homosexuality cannot be covered up by calling it marriage. God … ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:55:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letters to the Editor ]]>

Care for troops, don’t just ‘salute’ We salute the troops. We love the national anthem, especially when it is sung before major events. “God Bless America” is really special. The flyovers ... the huge American flags waving, the wonderful parades ... celebrities giving speeches about our troops with tears in their eyes ... standing ovations at the State of the Union. We salute the troops. We salute the troops deformed in battle — missing limbs, fried minds, can’t walk or talk right. We salute the troops that can’t even feel their own pain. We salute the wounded veterans’ family and … ]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:45:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letters to the Editor ]]>

Cut military, invest in people to create jobs I have lived through WWII, Korea, and the Cold War with the Soviet Union, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan; war and enemies have always been everywhere. As an adult, I saw the folly of this during college in the 60’s when I was denied admission into graduate school due to my anti-war activities. My Constitutional right to free speech got me in trouble with those who advocated war. I have not been the same since. Fast forward. We are now engaged in America’s longest war-in Afghanistan. Yet we will stay there until 2014. … ]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:13:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letters to the Editor ]]>

See the  connection? I have found something more important than the war on terror, the war on drugs, the war on poverty, climate change, death and taxes — our lack of mental health care. The U.S. ranks first in mental illness, first in death by violence, first in people in prison. The U.S. ranks 37th in overall health care and 17th in mental health care. If you doubt any of the above statistics just watch tonight’s news. Wil Struggard Lowell God’s place in debate Regarding Mr. Neidner’s column of Feb. 22 regarding the use of God in the gay marriage … ]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 06:08:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letters to the Editor ]]>

EdisonLearning is  wasting our money (Editor’s note: Gary Community School Corp. has said it spent $8 million on the heating system at Roosevelt College & Career Academy in 2008.) Has anyone calculated what $8 million can buy in terms of in-school faculty and staff? We used to have these in our building, but they had to be cut — and now I am beginning to understand why. If the Gary Community School Corporation didn’t have to keep throwing money down the drain because Edison doesn’t seem to have someone who understands how to monitor the boiler equipment (I bet any … ]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 06:36:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letters to the Editor ]]>

Bill would harm environment The Great Lakes are one of the greatest treasures in our country, not to mention that they provide 84 percent of the United States’ fresh water. For many years, Indiana has worked with other states to improve the water quality in the Great Lakes and tributaries. We need to retain the ability to protect these water bodies, as a drinking water resource, a tourism and outdoor recreation destination, and as a national treasure. There is a bill under consideration at the Indiana Statehouse that could undermine our ability to protect these waterways. House Bill 1143, dubbed … ]]> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 06:23:02 -0500