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Commentary: A teacher, a student and a place of refuge

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Commentary: A teacher, a student and a place of refuge

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When he was 9 years old, war came to Porkpa Tokpa’s front door. It was 1990. He lived then with his family in Liberia, which was then in the middle of the first of two civil wars that killed more than 500,000 people. Their house was right next to […]

Commentary: Leadership and ‘authenticity’

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Commentary: Leadership and ‘authenticity’

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The late attorney and renowned Civil War historian Alan Nolan once offered an observation about Abraham Lincoln. “Lincoln was smarter than the rest of us – and he knew it, so he didn’t have to prove it all the time,” Nolan told me. “But, more than that, he had […]

Commentary: Todd Rokita, national lunchroom monitor

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Commentary: Todd Rokita, national lunchroom monitor

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The plan U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indiana, has devised to cut back free and subsidized meals for poor school children reminds me of an old and cruel joke. The joke goes like this. A scientist who wanted to prove a point started experimenting with a frog. The scientist cut […]

Commentary: When the heart is an oval

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Commentary: When the heart is an oval

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Centuries of history sit around me. I’m in the Old Timers Room at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway talking for a radio show with famed track historian Donald Davidson, race announcer Paul Page and Ron McQueeney, the IMS’s chief photographer for 35 years. The Old Timers Room is just off […]

Column: Donald and Newt, a love story

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Column: Donald and Newt, a love story

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Somehow, it’s fitting, even perfect, that Donald Trump might make Newt Gingrich his running mate. The two make a great match. Between them, they would bring to the fall campaign a total of six spouses and a shared history of extramarital wanderings, coupled with a willingness – no, an […]

Commentary: Attuned to being alive

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Commentary: Attuned to being alive

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – It’s the stillness in the midst of motion I miss the most. For a dozen years or so, I was a competitive triathlete. It was a long time ago, early in my career as a newspaperman. Deadlines defined the work – and therefore my life. They marched toward me […]

Commentary: Lives of quiet desperation

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Commentary: Lives of quiet desperation

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Glenn Augustine and Maddie Zielinski paint a somber picture. Augustine is vice president of advancement with the Indiana Youth Institute. Zielinski is state coordinator for Youth Move with Mental Health America of Indiana. We’re talking over the air about mental wellness challenges for young people here in the Hoosier […]

Commentary: Strange tales from the campaign trail

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Commentary: Strange tales from the campaign trail

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – Perhaps former Indiana Senate leader Robert Garton said it best. This election is a strange one, the man who served as the Senate’s president pro tempore for 26 years told me over the air. “It’s going to be studied for a long time,” he said. That’s because the […]

Commentary: Donald Trump, decoded

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Commentary: Donald Trump, decoded

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s time to take Donald Trump seriously. Trump’s victory in the Indiana Republican presidential primary and his subsequent anointing as the GOP’s standard-bearer in the fall election means he will command the nation’s – and the world’s – attention for at least the next six months. That could have […]

Commentary: Putting the ‘I’ back in Indiana

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Commentary: Putting the ‘I’ back in Indiana

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com My point of view, my sense of pride, changes when speaking of my life (the “I” life) or of our life (the “we” life.) “I” love my life in Indiana.  Here is why: World-class, accessible health care (north side of Indianapolis) Fine, safe and clean neighborhoods Good and caring neighbors Moderate […]

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