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Commentary: Colleges, universities and the combat between truth and error

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Commentary: Colleges, universities and the combat between truth and error

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Thomas Jefferson said it best. “This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it,” Jefferson wrote to […]

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Commentary: They came, they saw, they did very little

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Commentary: They came, they saw, they did very little

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s legislators managed to make it through this session of the Indiana General Assembly without putting Hoosiers at each others’ throats or turning the state into a national joke. This is progress. The 2017 legislative session has been a quiet one. There haven’t been any mass protests that […]

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Commentary: Bill O’Reilly might be gone, but equality for women is a long way off

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Commentary: Bill O’Reilly might be gone, but equality for women is a long way off

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  I don’t know of any woman who hasn’t been subjected to some form of sexual harassment or discrimination. Maybe she was accosted by a gaggle of middle-aged men at a swimming pool, grabbed by the crotch in the kitchen where she had her first job, or propositioned at the police station […]

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Commentary: Working instead of whining

Commentary: Working instead of whining

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Because of my psychological need to get the last word, I have a bad habit of getting into arguments with individuals on Facebook. Most recently it was over jobs, and the economy and the reality matched up with data. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) reported the state’s unemployment rate […]

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Commentary: Legislature, what will your verse be?

Commentary: Legislature, what will your verse be?

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com Oh Me! Oh Life! is one of Walt Whitman’s classic poems about one of life’s most commonly recurring questions: why are we here? Public officials often ask themselves this question in a more limited scope, and often out of exhaustion or frustration. Public service can be a draining experience and is […]

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Commentary: Steve Goldsmith and simple wisdom

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Commentary: Steve Goldsmith and simple wisdom

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Steve Goldsmith says three words. “I was wrong.” He follows with another three. “They were right.” The former two-term mayor of Indianapolis and I are talking about historic preservation for an upcoming documentary. Goldsmith specifically is addressing clashes more than 20 years old over the development of Circle Centre […]

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Commentary: Foreign policy by spasm

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Commentary: Foreign policy by spasm

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Some years ago, I found myself seated next to then-U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, at a dinner. It was just a few weeks after the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. President George W. Bush had declared “war” on terrorism. Our march toward war in Afghanistan and Iraq had […]

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Commentary: Solar power’s halfway conversation

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Commentary: Solar power’s halfway conversation

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – He uses the same word again and again. Subsidy. Mark Maassel of the Indiana Energy Association relies on that word as if it were a form of punctuation. Maassel, Jesse Kharbanda of the Hoosier Environmental Council and I talk over the air about the solar energy bill that has […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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