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Commentary: Waking up from dreamland

Commentary: Waking up from dreamland

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com Who among us does not have some experience, in some way, with addiction? For the few Americans who can raise their hand to that question, my best advice is to count your blessings today and to not bet on that winning streak continuing tomorrow. I bought an important book last year, […]

Commentary: Principles matter, until we’re affected

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Commentary: Principles matter, until we’re affected

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  I am a homeowner in Indianapolis and I followed the debate over whether my local government or the state should have the final say on Airbnb-style rentals in my neighborhood with interest.  On one hand, I have a great set-up in my basement — quiet room, sleeper sofa, cable and internet […]

Commentary: United Airlines, and what Aretha said

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Commentary: United Airlines, and what Aretha said

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The skies of United, it turns out, aren’t so friendly, after all. United Airlines has become the butt of a million jokes, the focus of intense criticism and even the subject of congressional inquiry after employees for the airline ordered a 69-year-old man to surrender his seat on a […]

Commentary: A powerful lesson spoiled, maybe

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Commentary: A powerful lesson spoiled, maybe

By Diana Hadley Special to TheStatehouseFile.com This should be a success story about students who worked on legislation passed to protect student journalists. It should be, but right now it isn’t. Several of Indiana’s high school and college student journalists, publications advisers and directors of Indiana’s press associations have worked with Rep. Ed Clere, R-New […]

Commentary: Joe Donnelly and the vanishing center

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Commentary: Joe Donnelly and the vanishing center

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – As America moved toward its Civil War, Abraham Lincoln’s great rival Stephen A. Douglas once said he could have traveled all the way from Washington, D.C., to Chicago guided by the light of his own burning effigies. Douglas had angered both Northerners and Southerners by attempting to paper over […]

Commentary: Doing Putin’s work for him

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Commentary: Doing Putin’s work for him

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – If Russian leader Vladimir Putin saw meddling in our election as an investment, he must be happy with the way it paid off. Because we Americans are so focused on the ping pong game that is partisan politics, we tend to look at the Russian intervention in the 2016 […]

Commentary: Watching the Masters with my dad

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Commentary: Watching the Masters with my dad

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com It’s the beginning of Spring. It’s a golfer’s New Year. It’s Masters week. As we end one of our nation’s most popular and prestigious sporting events with the Final Four, we begin another one that also is “a tradition like no other.” The Masters is a strange event. And Augusta National […]

Commentary: Political fog, education smoke

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Commentary: Political fog, education smoke

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Like so many other pitched conflicts, Indiana’s education wars have created a great deal of fog and dust. That’s made it hard for Hoosiers to see what’s really going on. The unseemly battles between former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, and the members of the […]

Commentary: Kurt Vonnegut and original virtue

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Commentary: Kurt Vonnegut and original virtue

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – So it goes. April 11 marks the 10th anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s death. He and I were friends – actually, “pals” was the term he used – during the last years of his life. Whenever I traveled to New York, generally four or five times a year, we would […]

Commentary: The road to compromise

Commentary: The road to compromise

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org There are now two distinct plans circulating through the Statehouse with regards to road funding. Both House and Senate Republicans have put forth proposals on how to pay for Indiana’s infrastructure, long-term. The House plan includes a 10-cent increase in the gas tax, shifting the entire sales tax on gasoline to […]