Saturday, September 20, 2014

  Laura Koch answers questions from the media being sworn in as Elkhart's police chief Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.

Koch’s impulse is to reach out and build relationships. Moore calls her “a good community advocate.” Now more than ever, that’s what the city needs at police headquarters — an advocate for the community.

Posted on Sept. 13, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
 Larry Gausche, the head of LaCasa in Goshen, speaks to the city council, Mayor Allan Kauffman and members of the Goshen community about the importance of the Goshen Housing Authority at the Goshen City Council Meeting on Feb. 7.

Putting it out of business after its recovery would hurt community.

Posted on Sept. 7, 2014 at 8:13 a.m.
 Gov. Mike Pence, fourth from the left, and members of the US 31 Coalition at the ceremony Aug. 27, 2014, to open the new section of US 31 between South Bend and Plymouth. Also in the photo are Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce President Kyle Hannon, third from left, and Elkhart County Council President John Letherman, third from the right.

The sooner work begins on the final 70 miles of U.S. 31, the sooner we can stop wasting time and start creating jobs.

Posted on Aug. 30, 2014 at 7:35 p.m.
 Elkhart Community Schools board president Dorisanne Nielsen, with her back to the camera, watches Mary Daly Elementary teachers and staff take the Ice Bucket Challenge Friday, Aug. 22 to raise money for ALS. Nielsen lost her husband Richard to the disease in 1993.
Posted on Aug. 24, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.

Elkhart County agencies and individuals could carry over the lessons of the national phenomenon.

 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 Aug. 16, 2014 at 8:56 p.m.

Moore and his police department are part of the problem. They cannot fix their relationship with the city’s black community by imposing a solution. Leaders need to consider many viewpoints, not just a reliable few.

 A bicyclist rides west on Beardsley Avenue as a motorist drives around him July 29, 2014. The Elkhart City Council approved an ordinance Aug. 4 requiring drivers to give cyclists a 3-foot buffer zone as they pass riders.
Posted on Aug. 9, 2014 at 8:10 p.m.

As the 3-foot buffer rule takes hold, cyclists should face fewer risks from cars, trucks and SUVs. And that will make our roadways safer.

 A group of Chamberlain Elementary School teachers work together during a training session to learn about teaching STEM lessons. The group of teachers worked in Goshen Wednesday, July 30, 2014.
Posted on Aug. 2, 2014 at 9:58 p.m.

Perhaps a new way of working together to create what we need.

Posted on July 26, 2014 at 7:22 p.m.

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.