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The best columns of Jerry Davich

A collection of some of the most viewed and popular columns written by Post-Tribune columnist Jerry Davich.

Davich: 2-week trial of CBD oil results in painful conclusion for this user

Everyone and their sick pets seem to be jumping on the CBD bandwagon. It’s the cat’s meow for seemingly everything that ails you. I’d be more skeptical if I wasn’t in such pain at times. And there’s the rub with this mysterious product.

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Dying professor's last lecture offers timeless lesson: 'Time is all you have'

Although time is the most precious commodity we possess, most of us have wasted so much of it in our lives, myself included.

Davich: Pete Buttigieg's public kiss reflects much more than another political photo op

When I watched South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg embrace and kiss his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, I was genuinely touched.

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Crown Point coffeehouse's 'Community Love' crusade fills thousands of hearts

Since I first met her in December, Breanne Zolfo and her Café Fresco coffeehouse in Crown Point have become a national media darling, overwhelmed with feedback from an adoring public.

Historic Junedale ballfield in Gary steps up to the plate again, thanks to former player

Bentley Ellis, a 45-year-old father of 11 from Merrillville, is determined to renovate the long-neglected baseball diamond in the city’s Glen Park section, and return it to a functional baseball field for youngsters in our region, just as his kids once played there.

Davich: 'Long Island Medium' Theresa Caputo invites cynical columnist to her next show

There’s been a running joke in my family that if Caputo told me just two or three simple words from one of my dead relatives, it would profoundly change my entire belief system and my faith.

Davich: Story of single mother jailed for outstanding warrant attracts a wide reader response

My previous column on Melissa Latronica's arrest and incarceration, resulting from an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court for an overdue ambulance bill from 2014, compelled readers from Maine to Oregon to voice their opinion.

Single mother goes from traffic stop to bench warrant to jail over unpaid medical bill: 'It just isn't right'

Melissa Welch-Latronica, 30, of LaPorte, a single mother of three young kids, spent three days in Porter County Jail after being arrested for failure to appear in court over an unpaid ambulance bill from 2014.

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Bears linebacker Sam Acho shares his faith in spiritual playbook: 'I've been tested'

Chicago Bears linebacker Sam Acho treats his faith, which may last into eternity, as seriously as many NFL players treat their football career.

Davich: Another mass shooting, another desperate gasp, asking 'Why?'

Police can typically piece together the who, what, how, when and where aspects of mass shootings on random victims. Figuring out why, though, is an entirely different science. And its conclusions typically leave us without the closure we desperately seek.

Valparaiso woman with Lyme disease warns others about the illness: 'I just want my life back'

Emily Bohne began feeling constant back pain, unexplainable dizziness, and odd sensitivities to certain foods. She had no idea what hit her.

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Alexa, are you laughing at us? Of course you are, while Big Brother watches

We live in an Orwellian world of Big Brother-like surveillance and tracking capabilities, throughout our daily orbits.

Davich: President Trump is our nation's true 'growing humanitarian crisis'

President Donald Trump’s border wall demand is more about his personal insecurity as a man than it is about our nation’s insecurity as a people.

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'It will haunt me always': Sentencing for man convicted in death of 17-year-old boy stirs family's emotions

Christopher Campbell, 44, was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for the vehicular death of Andrew Salka, 17.

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A 25-year-old political newcomer in Indiana: 'I'm used to being the only Asian person in the room'

Chris Chyung, 25, won a seat in the state legislature by upsetting three-term incumbent Rep. Ha; Slager. "It's absolutely an American success story," Chyung says.

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East Chicago activist sleeps with homeless for 30 nights to raise empathy, funds for emergency shelter

Marcus Martin's campaign, “A Night Without a Home,” is to sleep where the homeless sleep over the course of 30 nights, until the end of the year.

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Munster native was first-responder physician to Pittsburgh synagogue killings: 'What do we do now?'

At first, Dr. Lenny Weiss thought normal construction noises in his bustling neighborhood woke him up that Saturday morning in late October.

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'It usually takes a tragedy to get people's attention': School bus drivers react to deaths of 3 siblings killed by motorist

Northwest Indiana school bus drivers talked to columnist Jerry Davich about the deaths of three siblings killed at a bus stop in Rochester.

Davich: Americans are now emotional refugees, scrambling to seek refuge from hate

Most Americans, myself included, are now emotional refugees of a tortured kind. We're scrambling to seek refuge from hate and its many manifestations.

Andrean teacher marks 50 years in the classroom: 'This isn't a job. It's a hobby'

For 50 years, Anne Weiss has been teaching "loudly" at Andrean High School in Merrillville, so I paid her a visit on the ceremonious 50th day of this school year.

Couple returns to courthouse 70 years after eloping: 'We thought that Crown Point might like to know what happened to us'

Melvin and Randy Berlin got married as teenagers at the old Lake County Courthouse in 1948, when it was a "marriage mill" for thousands of couples who couldn't wait to tie the knot.

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'One kind gesture at a time': A convenience store employee's upbeat attitude stands out in a cynical world

My rose-colored glasses cracked a long time ago. Still, there was something about Earl Bowers' energy level when he said those words to anyone listening.

Appeals Court: First Amendment protects those who make videos of working police

Edward Strauss, 36, who goes by the moniker “Nomen Nescio” on YouTube, has a history of video recording police, and he's been arrested multiple times, including for criminal trespass charges, according to local police departments.

79-year-old Crown Point man attempts to walk to Indianapolis to protest distracted driving

John Zaboyan left his home Wednesday morning, heading alone on foot for Indianapolis.

'Do NOT touch my camera': Gary arrest prompts columnist to ask, where is the line regarding video of on-duty cops?

Where should the line be drawn regarding video recording police officers? Or anyone in public for that matter.

Welcome to Dune Acres! Now please turn around

This upscale lakefront town in Porter County once did its best to keep out or intimidate unwanted visitors, as Post-Tribune columnist Jerry Davich found out firsthand in 2006, when this column first ran.

Phone scam making house calls to doctors: 'I was fooled at first,' one admits

A scam artist told Dr. Paul Sommer that his contempt of court citation and bench warrant could be expunged from the courts system if Sommer – you guessed it – paid the caller money.

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Kavanaugh investigation dredges up distant feelings of shame, pain, regret from sexual assault victims

Untold numbers of sexual assault victims now feel unshackled to share their repressed stories and face their accusers from long ago.

A Crown Point teen took his own life. His mom is sharing his story in an effort to end the stigma of suicide.

Nolan Gold carefully planned to take his own life. It wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision, his mother believes.

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The birth of my first grandchild puts me in a privileged club

Post Tribune columnist Jerry Davich promised himself he wouldn't write about the birth of his first grandchild, but he couldn't resist after witnessing the birth of Landon Reynolds.

Graduate of Andrean's first senior class returns 59 years after school — home of the 59ers — opened in 1959

Patricia Binkley, one of Andrean High School’s first freshmen in 1959, returned to the Merrillville school to celebrate its 59th anniversary.

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Misplaced outrage over Nike ad campaign hijacks football fan's enthusiasm

A NFL fan just wanted to enjoy the start of the new season, but his enthusiasm was hijacked by the outrage exhibited by some across the country at the ad campaign featuring controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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LaPorte grandmother's stunning lighthouse photo illuminates Weather Channel contest

Nancy Addie, a LaPorte grandmother, submitted a photo of the Michigan City lighthouse on Lake Michigan for The Weather Channel's national contest, ranking second so far through online voting.

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A two-day, 20-mile trek to track down an elusive mode of communication — a pay phone

Trying to find a working pay phone in Northwest Indiana takes Post-Tribune columnist Jerry Davich on a 20-mile bicycle trek and costs him several quarters before he gives up.

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'No, ma'am': McCain wasn't merely a politician, but a true patriot

A decade ago, John McCain instinctively chose to be a patriot, not a politician, though it may have cost him the presidency.

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The tale of a conflicted decision to help a stranded motorist: 'Aren't you glad we stopped?'

The stranded female motorist left her vehicle to walk for gas on the Indiana Toll Road. Hundreds of motorists zoomed past her without stopping or even slowing down.

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Should police officers be policed on concealing their tattoos?

Former Gary police officer Pete Blanco, a 25-year veteran, claims he was forced into early retirement due to his facial tattoos, though he claims he properly covered them.

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Fear-based parenting doesn't prepare children for the real world

Children are not Precious Moments dolls to keep safe in a glass cabinet, taking them out only to dust and admire them. They need parenting to prepare them for the real world.

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'This is my home': Woman confronts intruder in Ogden Dunes as son calls 911

Claire Innes heard windows breaking in her Ogden Dunes home at three in the morning. After her son called 911, she confronted the intruder.

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'Hello Jerry, this is Jerry — from 40 years ago'

Last week, a box delivered to my mother’s home was filled with memories that I have forgotten long ago. It's as if I unearthed a time capsule from myself, to myself.

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Meet Zach Holmes, the Hobart stunt performer with an MTV show, 'Too Stupid to Die,' filmed entirely in Indiana

Zach Holmes personifies every negative stereotype of Hoosiers, and he doesn’t mind one bit. He found his one-way ticket out of Da Region.

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Misinformed gullibility is the true 'enemy of the people'

Journalists may be the enemy of our president, but we are not the enemy of the people. Historical perspective, not presidential rhetoric, will prove this to be true.

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Walmart accused of 'legalized shakedown' after alleged shoplifting at Portage store

Earlier this year, Walmart announced it would end its controversial anti-shoplifting program at its 36 stores in Indiana.

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Why don't I carry a gun? The cost is too high, yet has nothing to do with money

This column is for those of us who don’t own a gun, though we’ve considered it for even a moment. My moment lasted for only a couple of minutes.

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'All we could do is watch it burn': A rural house fire, and the companies promising help

A woman whose rural Valparaiso home was destroyed by fire confronts a number of businesses she believes are seeking to capitalize on the situation.

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Remains of Gary brothers likely to be buried alone, similar to their deaths

The cremated remains of my late friend Mark Manos are buried somewhere in the Aetna neighborhood of Gary. I’ll likely never know where.

'Mommy ... I'm scared': Fathers — and mothers — need to put their children first after separating

After witnessing an ugly custody exchange, columnist Jerry Davich admonishes divorced parents to stop using their children as pawns.

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The lonely deaths of two brothers 15 years apart: 'Nobody even bothered to check on them'

Brothers Jon and Mark Manos died alone, surrounded by decades of junk, litter and too many question marks.

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Two years later, transgender woman struggles with life's unique challenges away from national spotlight

Two years ago, Dakota Yorke became a national media darling after announcing her hopes to be crowned high school prom queen as a transgender woman.

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Lake County's oldest tree is dying a slow death and people 'can't imagine not having that tree in my life'

The property owners, who asked to not be identified, are working on plans to have the tree cut down and donated to tree farms.

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'Saturday Night Live: The Experience' pulls back curtain on the cult of fanaticism

There’s something about fans that I’m a fan of, whether it’s due to fascination or shock.

Davich: Elevator chats with strangers, however brief, can be meaningful

In life, as with elevators, doors open, doors close. Strangers come and go. Our elevator message to others says more about us than we think.

Davich: Facebook fiasco reveals hard truths to 'like' about ourselves

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted in congressional hearings that his company simply, and wrongly, didn’t do enough to protect users' data. Neither did most Facebook users.

Series of public forums aims to 'demystify' local government

To help Northwest Indiana residents better understand municipal and county government, IUN is hosting a series of public events.

Neighbors come and go, but Crown Point parkway retains old-fashioned charm

Except for long-gone maids and newer vehicles, not much has changed along historic Ellendale Parkway in Crown Point through the decades, its neighbors say.

Portage teen plays role of Easter Bunny for homeless shelter

Personalized Easter baskets from a teen in Portage give homeless women and their children something beyond essentials. It gives them hope.

Davich: Finding happiness is easy; keeping it is more difficult

I've struggled with happiness. Not finding it. But keeping it. It's like lighting a match and keeping it lit. In my younger years, there weren't enough matches.

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Most students have an 'all-time favorite teacher' — who was yours?

Many of us have an unbreakable connection with our former teachers. Their lessons never escape our lives. They gave a damn and we never forgot.

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After years of neglect, Gary Area Career Center invites students to discover 'unused potential'

Michelle Meadows, the center's new director, revamps programs, overhauls the long-neglected building, invites students from outside Gary.

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Post-Parkland gun reform protests a chance for older generations to pass the torch of social activism

Candace Shaw, 42, spoke with and Ollie Grcich, 18, about the March 14 school protest at Valparaiso High School.

Abandoned buildings 'lost to time' fascinate Crown Point videographer

Joel Henderson, 38, of Crown Point, has shot videos in more than two dozen abandoned schools in Gary, Indiana, for his "Lost to Time" YouTube show.

Davich: AR-556 shooting experience triggers unexpected feedback from gun owners

For the first time in my career, most reader feedback was positive, with no one calling me a "left-wing, anti-gun, liberal-media nut-job," as I was called earlier this year.

'Old Troopers never die': Saying one last goodbye to Wirt before its closing

Wirt Troopers' memories at the school will live on despite what happens to the brick-and-mortar building. This should be its final lesson for us all.

Davich: Shooting an AR-556 rifle for the first and last time

Columnist Jerry Davich tries shooting an AR-556 rifle at the invitation of a veteran, but he can't imagine ever doing it again.

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WLUP's glory days were our glory days

Listeners of The Loop didn't tune in strictly for the familiar rotation of songs. They also tuned in for the soothing soundtrack of nonstop nostalgia.

Cancer survivor's advice: Take a 'deep dive' into your own health

A cancer survivor suggests lifestyle changes to increase the chances of better health and decrease the odds of being diagnosed with a serious disease.

All aboard for South Shore expansion plans? Winning public support still a goal, RDA official says

I've heard more negativity than positivity about the South Shore expansion projects, which may say more about our area's regressive residents than about the progressive plans.

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Star Plaza stagehand unplugs 'ghost light' after 32-year career: 'It's been an amazing run'

Stevie Kokos, who started at Star Plaza in 1985, works his last day at the landmark venue, recalling fond memories.

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Lakeshore homeowner challenges public perception of beach access

So-called "dummy mortgages" may seem like a good idea to save on taxes, but in fact could cost a homeowner more in interest.

Kindergarten teacher's request for mental health books goes viral: 'It needs to be a part of our school day'

A kindergarten teacher from Dyer posted an online request for books on mental health wellness for her students. The response has been overwhelming.

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Investing in hypocrisy? The unease of discovering a retirement plan with gun-maker stocks

I discovered I'm not the only casual (or clueless) investor to begin questioning whether they've been investing in gun-maker companies without knowing it.

Davich: Adjusting to a world where active shooter training is the norm

Similar to most other law enforcement officers, Jeff White takes a mental snapshot of his surroundings in public. He suggests we start doing it, too.

Davich: Indiana Supreme Court sides with the public in Lake Michigan shoreline ruling

Indiana Supreme Court ruling allowing the public access to Lake Michigan shoreline leaves private property owners contemplating their next move.

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Outraged Lake Central parent: 'My daughter does not feel safe in school'

"I'm embarrassed to be part of this community," said Kelly Arndt, whose 16-year-old daughter is a sophomore at Lake Central High School.

Mother loses both sons: 'I've been completely heartbroken and devastated'

Elizabeth Bathurst, of Portage, did everything she could to save sons Peter and Adam, who died from drug-related causes, prompting her to create a foundation in their name.

'Destiny' series author reinvents herself: 'I've lived a notorious life'

Rosemary Gard authored six "Destiny Series" historical fiction books about Gary, its Croatian community and stories from the old country.

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Are you also caught between two worlds, a dinosaur in the digital age?

My problem is that I've chosen convenience over memorization, and instant gratification over a better sense of appreciation.

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Northwest Indiana teachers take matters into their own hands, create plans in case of active shooter

Northwest Indiana teachers have plans in mind for self-protection and classroom escape routes if the unthinkable happens at their school.

'Beyond excited': Northwest Indiana residents attend Olympic Games in South Korea

Northwest Indiana residents attend the Olympics in South Korea, offering their views on the atmosphere surrounding the sports and possible historic moments.

'A proper sendoff': Terry Ward's funeral reflected his now-famous obit and his love of humor

Most obituaries read like fill-in-the-blank form letters. Not Terry Ward's obit, or his funeral, which reflected his life, not his death.

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Son finds mom frozen outside her home: 'A freak accident took her life in the blink of an eye'

"Apparently she wanted to take out the kitchen trash. She didn't even put on her coat."

Life After Hate: Former white supremacist recalls recruiting in NWI

He got out at 22 through a series of profound events that eventually showed him how wrong he had been.

Joe Mays, the 'Peanut Man,' receives the gift of remembrance for Christmas

Joe Mays, whose eponymous corner in Gary became a second home, mysteriously disappeared until an old friend tracked him down.

'I said a prayer and said goodbye': Northwest Indiana women open up over the heartbreak of miscarriage

Regardless of how long ago, or how many babies come afterward, losing a baby to miscarriage is a deep emotional pain most mothers never forget.

Column: America elected a mirror image of itself

President Trump is arrogant, quick-tempered, self-serving, inarticulate, and narcissistic, the same attributes that define a large populace of our country.

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Political circus embarrassing, not entertaining

National obsession with all things Trump — good and bad — is hurting how the rest of the world views America.

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'Hero Flight 00NP' transports wounded warrior on 'Alive Day' anniversary

Valparaiso aviation firm facilitates another Veterans Airlift Command flight, totaling 140 since 2007, for wounded warrior on his fifth "Alive Day."

'This is all for you, birthday girl'

Mimi Burke leaned down next to her daughter's wheelchair.

"This is all for you, birthday girl," Burke whispered into her daughter's ear as a dozen pol

Has social media rewired our political impressions?

The 2016 presidential election taught us many things about our country and ourselves, but it also revealed something intriguing about social media expressio

Here's why we should thank President Trump

Of the many reasons to thank President Donald Trump since he was elected into office, I want to publicly tha

'Fake news' complaints prompt YMCA to change the channel

Is the Valparaiso Family YMCA simply exercising its right to appease as many members as possible, or is the new Donald Trump

Fateful balloon connects 2 mothers, 1 killing

Tammy Hnatiuk stood on her porch deck to let her dog outside when something fluttered down from the sky.

"It scared the crap out of me," the Portage mo

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