Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Diversifying the Elkhart County economy improves our ability to withstand the next recession. But it can also accomplish something more immediate — by building a resilient, diversified economy, we can lift thousands more of our children out of poverty.

Posted on July 26, 2014 at 7:22 p.m.
 Led by volunteer police chaplain Jim Bontrager, second from left, about 80 or 90 people ended a meeting about police relations with a prayer Friday night at Agape Missionary Baptist Church.

Participants joined in prayer Friday as they ended their discussion. Perhaps they can pray again when they open their next meeting — to build on the vision shared by Curry and Ballard.

Posted on July 20, 2014 at 8:20 a.m.
 Mishawaka Police Cpl. Franklin Ennis, left, and Mishawaka Police Cpl. Brian Long change guard duties at the casket of slain Gary police officer Jeffrey Westerfield before his funeral at the Genesis Center in Gary, Ind.

This week’s editorials: Police safety, same-sex marriages and the state’s $2 billion surplus.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 2:25 p.m.
 This image was taken from a video provided to The Elkhart Truth. The video shows Elkhart Police Department patrol vehicles along West Garfield Avenue during the arrest of 21-year-old Reese Tommy Haithcox Thursday, July 3 in Elkhart.
Posted on July 12, 2014 at 8:36 p.m.

People need to be honest with each other and with the police, or they’ll never understand their differences. But in the end, they must insist on a relationship that emphasizes peacekeeping and mutual respect over brute force and suspicion.

 The Elkhart River as it nears Goshen and the Mill Race Canal Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Goshen's wastewater treatment plant released 1.3 million gallons of untreated sewage into the Elkhart River Tuesday, July 1, as a result of power outages.
Posted on July 5, 2014 at 8:08 p.m.

City officials say they played it by the book, but part of the public still reacted in shock and anger — all of which points to the need for earlier and more aggressive communication by the city when public health is potentially threatened.

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 5:13 p.m.

This week’s editorials: Same-sex marriage, texting while driving and standardized testing.

 A spot in the shade along the courthouse lawn and Main Street helped bring a little extra coolness for the throngs of people gathered July 6, 2012, to watch Goshen's Cruisin' Reunion at First Fridays.
Posted on June 28, 2014 at 6:34 p.m.

Our sense of community makes us strong. It allows us to overcome our challenges.

 Adam Shoffner, right, shouts his joy after he married Daniel Tolliver, left, as Marion County Clerk Beth White looks on as same sex couple continued to be married for the second day in Indianapolis, Thursday, June 26, 2014. A federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately allowed gay couples to wed.
Posted on June 26, 2014 at 5:02 p.m.

This week’s roundup: Same-sex marriage, immigration reform and cold beer.

 Craig Bowen, 35, left, and Jake Miller, 30, are married by Marion County Clerk Beth White, right, in Indianapolis, Wednesday, June 25, 2014.  A federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately allowed gay couples to wed.
Posted on June 25, 2014 at 6:08 p.m.

Wednesday’s court ruling means that lesbians and gays no longer need to live in the margins of Indiana society.

 Lech Wierzynski plays trumpet with his band The California Honey Drops Thursday night, June 19, during a private event in Elkhart. The Jazz band from Oakland, Calif., also performed as part of the Elkhart Jazz Festival.
Posted on June 21, 2014 at 8:18 p.m.

Sponsorships at the Elkhart Jazz Festival shows how community can come together.

 State Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, speaks during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Speaker Brian Bosma said Tuesday that Turner, the subject of an ethics probe, will not be sanctioned.
Posted on June 19, 2014 at 5:29 p.m.

This week's roundup: Statehouse ethics, child safety and guns.

 Wynton Marsalis performs Saturday, June 22, 2013, with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at the Lerner Theatre during the Elkhart Jazz Festival.
Posted on June 14, 2014 at 7:02 p.m.

Five years ago, Elkhart struggled to survive a collapsing RV industry and 20 percent unemployment. Now it attracts world-class talent like Marsalis and Neville. That’s no coincidence.

 Gov. Mike Pence unveils the state's new health program that he says would cover 350,000 residents if approved by the federal government, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Indianapolis. Pence's
Posted on June 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Recent editorials from Indiana newspapers.

 A backhoe removes debris from a house demolition at the southwest corner of Prairie and Middlebury Streets Friday, May 30, 2014. The demolition is an early sign of coming construction of the Prairie Street overpass.
Posted on June 7, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.