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Commentary: ‘On the Road,’ through a clear windshield

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Commentary: ‘On the Road,’ through a clear windshield

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Many, many years ago, the poet Allen Ginsberg taught me a lesson. He told me his fellow Beat Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road” was misunderstood. It was in St. Louis in 1982. I was teaching a class on the Beats at Saint Louis University. Ginsberg had come to […]

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Commentary: Must the USA endure 50 years of hazing deaths?

Commentary: Must the USA endure 50 years of hazing deaths?

By Hank Nuwer TheStatehouseFile.com In the 40 years since publishing my first research on hazing in collegiate groups, I’ve often been reminded of the adage that every good thing is accompanied by trouble. On the one hand, fraternities, bands and team sports provide a welcoming atmosphere for students who value the support and mentorship of […]

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Commentary: The dark science that’s ruining this country

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Commentary: The dark science that’s ruining this country

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Once upon a time, gerrymandering was a dark art. Ambitious and unscrupulous politicians looked for ways to draw legislative maps that gave their party an edge. Democrat or Republican, their goal was less to see elections reflect the will of the people than it was to gain and maintain […]

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Commentary: Challenges to voting rights threaten democracy

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Commentary: Challenges to voting rights threaten democracy

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com   The United States has imposed new sanctions on Venezuela because that country’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has slowly dismantled its already weak democratic institutions. Maduro is Fidel Castro-lite, undermining the legislative and judicial branches as he rewrites the nation’s constitution with a hand-picked, specially elected assembly. The Trump administration has […]

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Commentary: Trump, Arpaio and the storm on decency

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Commentary: Trump, Arpaio and the storm on decency

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Forget about draining the swamp. This is more like burning down the house. As the high winds and water prepared to hammer Houston and other parts of Texas, President Donald Trump thought the moment was right to deliver a few blows of his own. He issued a presidential pardon […]

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Commentary: Trump and the war he can’t win

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Commentary: Trump and the war he can’t win

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Soon, Donald Trump is going to emerge from a fight with the one person he can’t possibly beat. Himself. The longer Trump lingers in the Oval Office, the more his contradictions and self-destructive statements pile up, like discarded and unwashed laundry tossed into a corner until the untidy and […]

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Commentary: Children, and the fleeing moments

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Commentary: Children, and the fleeing moments

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  DAVIDSON, North Carolina – Every step is a blur. My wife and I are moving our daughter, our first-born, into her college dormitory. The women in my life focus on unpacking and transforming this single room in an old building into a small home, while I devote my attention to tasks […]

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Commentary: Tear down the relics of the Confederate past

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Commentary: Tear down the relics of the Confederate past

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com   I loved movies when I was a child, no doubt in part because when my dad didn’t want to see a film at our local theater my mom would take me. That’s how I ended up in a darkened theater watching “The Cardinal” and wondering when those lovely red […]

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Commentary: A few thoughts on health care

Commentary: A few thoughts on health care

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  Although everyone is focused on Nazis and dead Confederate soldiers these days, the policy wonk of my brain is looking at health care reform. The U.S. Senate failed to come up with an alternative to the Affordable Care Act. And while I have never been a big fan of Obamacare, I […]

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Commentary: How the other half lives – not

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Commentary: How the other half lives – not

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Apparently, it is hard and costly work being a champion of the little guy. USA Today reports that the Secret Service already has blown through most of the entire salary, overtime and expense budget it had allocated for protecting the president of the United States and his family. The […]

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