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Commentary: A man who made others better

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Commentary: A man who made others better

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The call came on a Thanksgiving Day. Harvey Jacobs had died. Harvey made my career. He taught me much of what I know about writing, about editing and about teaching. He plucked me out of a small town and a small college and, for nearly 20 years, pushed me […]

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Commentary: Republicans get played in immigration debate

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org In this past week’s debate over immigration the president played the GOP opposition like a Stradivarius violin, which is surprising following the recent mid-term election results. In a nutshell, the president’s plan gives legal status (not citizenship or permanent residence) to about 5 million undocumented immigrants. They have to have kids […]

Commentary: That which is certain is uncertain

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Commentary: That which is certain is uncertain

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com  The more certain and popular a hypothesis, such as climate change, and the more aggressively advocates ridicule disbelievers, the less likely related predictions will prove true. For extended periods, some as long as centuries, people, almost unanimously, held incorrect or unproven beliefs. They believed that the earth is flat, and that […]

Commentary: John Boehner’s collection of fine whines

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Commentary: John Boehner’s collection of fine whines

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Just after President Obama announced that he was reforming America’s immigration policy through executive order, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, let loose a wail. Boehner said Obama’s action made comprehensive immigration reform through congressional action much harder to achieve. He also called the president’s action illegal. A Boehner spokesperson […]

Commentary: Destroying schools in order to save schools

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Commentary: Destroying schools in order to save schools

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Well, Indiana’s legislative leaders have gotten one thing out of the way. We now know what the worst idea to come out of the 2105 session of the Indiana General Assembly likely will be. A few days ago, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Indiana Senate President Pro […]

Commentary: Abdul-Rahmin Peter Kassig, RIP

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Commentary: Abdul-Rahmin Peter Kassig, RIP

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The weather fit the news. The official word that the self-proclaimed Islamic State had beheaded young Hoosier Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig came on a day when the skies turned gray. A thin blanket of snow – for centuries a symbol of death and rebirth – fell on the streets, sidewalks […]

Commentary: The electorate’s one constant: constriction

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Commentary: The electorate’s one constant: constriction

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com What do you make of an election (I know you’re dying to read another of these) in which red states vote to raise the minimum wage, blue states elect hard-right GOP senators and governors, the most government-dependent states bite the hand that feeds them, a Congress with a 9 percent approval […]

Commentary: No need to have a panic attack

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Commentary: No need to have a panic attack

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Something about the political process seems to mass-produce hand-wringing and other signs of anxiety among close observers. At the moment, the 2014 election results have provoked the panic attacks among some otherwise sensible people. Republicans won big. The GOP went into the balloting in a strong position. Republicans controlled […]

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Commentary: A costly political education

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The late writer Minna Antrim uttered what amounts almost to a prophecy about this year’s election. “Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills,” Antrim said. In the aftermath of the 2014 vote, partisans on both sides of the American political divide are in throes of […]

Commentary: What no one else can claim

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Commentary: What no one else can claim

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two bright, determined young women have become the bookends for the contemporary library of mortality. Lauren Hill and Brittany Maynard faced similar challenges. Hill is a first-year college basketball player at Mount St. Joseph’s with an inoperable brain tumor. She has only months to live. Hill’s dream was to […]

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