"CounterPoint with Garrard McClendon"


Today:  we revisit our conversation about the new (to Indiana) idea of a subscription fee to pay for medical care with Portage family practitioner Timothy Ames.  He switched from the traditional medical insurance route for being paid for his services to what is called "direct primary care."  Dr. Ames says this method's popular in other states.

Indiana University Northwest

Today:   Indiana University Northwest Dean of Students Beth Tyler joins us to talk about the Gary campus' sexual assault prevention programs.   With the start of a new academic year, IUN wants to make sure that students understand the importance of recognizing and preventing sexual misconduct -- as well as domestic and date violence and abuse, sexual harassment and stalking.  Dean Tyler talks about a number of programs -- local as well as IU system-wide -- that inform and educate.

AFSP website

Today:  a conversation with Mary Edwards, a northwest Indiana resident who (along with her husband) are personal survivors of a family suicide and how, over the past decade, she'd come to grips with the tragedy and is now devoted to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  The AFSP is holding two local "Out of the Darkness" suicide awareness rallies this month, the first September 17th in Chesterton and the second on September 30th at Wicker Park in Highland.

NWI Business Quarterly

Today: we find out from Lakeshore Public Radio's Megan Fernandez why companies from outside Indiana are so interested in locating (or relocating) into Lake and Porter Counties.  Megan talked to, among other people, Mayors Jon Costas of Valparaiso and Tom McDermott Jr. of Hammond.

We meet and talk with the local chapter president of the Freedom Riders of Indiana, "Boone" Duvall, to learn more about this charitable organization -- its mission and goals -- and who benefits from its fundraising events, like one coming up on August 26th.

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Today:  an extended conversation with State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Gary) and State Senator Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) about the series of Indiana Black Legislative Caucus statewide Town Hall meetings, ending in Gary on August 19th in the Bergland Auditorium at the Savannah Center of Indiana University Northwest in Gary.  Both Melton and Taylor have attended some of the other Town Hall meetings in other Hoosier cities.

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Today:  Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer talks about summertime vacations, how expensive they can be and how not to let them affect your family budget or your saving for your retirement years.

Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore introduces us to a Gary resident who's tired of all of the bad publicity about his hometown -- and has produced a documentary offering some positive things to consider.

Collings Foundation

Today:  A conversation with Hunter Chaney of the Collings Foundation, which is bringing one of its World War II-vintage aircraft exhibits back to the Porter County Regional Airport early next month.  This year, Hunter says they have a new and exciting addition to the Flying Fortresses and Liberators that are in their "living history" collection that will be coming to northwest Indiana.  The proceeds from the exhibit will support the MAAC Foundation of Valparaiso.

Indiana University Northwest

Today:   Indiana University Northwest's director of the school of Public and Environmental Affairs, Asst. Dean Karl Basel, will talk about a new accelerated program that will allow students to get a Masters of Public Affairs degree much quicker than the usual time.  This new degree program begins this fall semester.

Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore listened in on a session at the Gary Symphony Orchestra's annual summer music camp -- an opportunity to help young people who might not be exposed to music in their public school.  He has a report for "Regionally Speaking."

The welton Wire

Today: We find out more about Thursday afternoon's 10th Annual Diversity Business Job Fair and Symposium, to be held at Avalon Manor in Merrillville.  The event is free and open to the public.  The event coordinator is "Times" classified ad manager Roxanne Olejnik. 

University of Notre Dame

Today:  A conversation with Julie Giorgi of "Promise Porter County."  Beginning this coming school year, the seven Porter County school districts are going to participate in a joint effort to give the families of first-graders an opportunity to be able to save for college, vocational or trade school or other post-secondary educational facility.

Marc Malczewski, Lake County Highway Department Director, joins us to give us an update on all of the major road resurfacing and improvement projects that are underway -- will be starting soon -- or are planned for the summer months.

Indiana Connected By 25

Today:  We find out more about a special summer learning program to be held at Purdue University Northwest in Hammond.  A group of about 50 Hoosier foster youth from across the state will spend the next eight weeks beginning Friday in the Summer Bridge Program.  These youth will stay in residence halls and study on campus, as they learn skills that will help them adjust to life from foster homes to life -- on their own --in college. 

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Today:   Valerie Thorn, the executive director of the RecoveryWorks treatment facility in Merrillville, talks about the latest concerns that law enforcement, addiction treatment centers and the public face in the battle against opioids -- "gray death."  It's a deadly concoction of gravel-like heroin that was first reported in Southern states and is spreading across the country.


Today:   An extended review of Tuesday's three public school referenda elections in Lake County -- East Chicago, Lake Station and Munster.  We have comments from School Town of Munster Superintendent Jeffery Hendrix, Lake Station Community Schools Superintendent Thomas Cripliver, a statement from School City of East Chicago Superintendent Paige McNulty and the director of the Lake County Board of Elections, Michelle Fajman, whose staff counted the votes from the three communities. 

Howey Politics Indiana

Today:   Howey Politics Indiana editor-publisher Brian Howey joins us to talk about some of the topics in his recent newsletter columns, as well as his views on the final days of the 2017 General Assembly session.


Cyberbullying is the topic of a recent "CounterPoint with Garrard McClendon" television conversation.  His guests were Cathie Bledsoe of the Indiana State Police, Northwest Indiana Times editor Bob Heisse and School Town of Highland Superintendent Brian Smith.


Bring it to the Table.org

Today:   Julie Winokur, the documentary filmmaker is the featured speaker for the second annual "Dialogue and Discernment" program Thursday evening at the the Helge Center, adjacent to the Chapel of the Resurrection of Valparaiso University.  Julie talks about her film "Bring It to the Table" and what she'll discuss after the 7:00 p.m. screening.