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Commentary: The peace that so often eludes us

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE, New York – Other than a light dappling of rain, the surface of the lake is as still as a held breath. Blue Mountain looms in the distance, its face reflected on the water’s surface. Clouds hang low and heavy in the sky. A storm raged through the […]

Commentary: Suffer the children

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Commentary: Suffer the children

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com Massachusetts welcomes the border children, at least its fair share of them. Texas calls out the National Guard to turn back their “invasion.” And Indiana, which has grown its own immigration laws in defiance of the federal government, goes all Switzerland in the face of a historic life-and-death crisis of conscience. […]

Commentary: Indiana education leaders make Congress look good

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Commentary: Indiana education leaders make Congress look good

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe all the squabbling, infighting and backbiting among Indiana’s political leaders over the direction of education in the state is part of some master plan. Maybe it is designed to make Hoosiers feel better about the federal government by showing them that it is, in fact, possible to be […]

Commentary: Time to rewrite Indiana’s alcohol laws

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Commentary: Time to rewrite Indiana’s alcohol laws

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Recently Indiana lawmakers did something that was long overdue. They sat down and, for the first time in 40 years, did a major rewrite of the criminal code. It was high time. Like most things that have been around for 40 years, it’s wasn’t a bad idea to look at them […]

Commentary: Spain, a glimpse of the future?

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Commentary: Spain, a glimpse of the future?

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com MADRID, Spain – The old man sits there amid his bags, shaking his cup just outside the high-end jewelry store on Calle de Goya. It’s a hot day. The mid-afternoon sun pounds down. The crowd passes by him. Many of the people are Madrid residents, on their way to or from […]

Commentary: Lugar on Congress: Part Godfather, part Animal House

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Commentary: Lugar on Congress: Part Godfather, part Animal House

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Richard Lugar says his friends in the U.S. Senate would have two words for people who wonder why Congress can’t once again be the deliberative, dignified and, well, functional place it once was. “Get real,” Lugar says the men and women with whom he once shared the Senate floor […]

Commentary: Richard Lugar and Iraq, revisited

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Commentary: Richard Lugar and Iraq, revisited

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Perhaps leaving public service has been liberating for Richard Lugar. A man whose personal devotion to prudence was almost a matter of religious observance, Lugar was always cautious about what he said while he was in office. Perhaps that was a result of spending so much of his life […]

Commentary: John Green, odyssey of a nice guy

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Commentary: John Green, odyssey of a nice guy

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe famed baseball player, manager and curmudgeon Leo Durocher had it wrong. Maybe nice guys don’t have to finish last. Bestselling author and Indianapolis resident John Green could be the best response to Durocher’s dismissal of decency. Green certainly hasn’t finished last. His most recent young adult novel, “The […]

Commentary: Running the I-69 game on empty

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Commentary: Running the I-69 game on empty

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com They could have stopped at Bloomington. They could have stopped before getting anywhere near Bloomington. They could have scrapped the whole thing and saved $3 billion, give or take, which would come in very handy for repairing the state’s existing roads and bridges. But the power of the highway lobby and […]

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Commentary: Prosecutor indicts lawmakers about guns

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry snorted. I’d just asked him a question about the new gun laws adopted by the Indiana General Assembly, including one that allows people to bring guns onto school grounds. Curry shook his head and said that he and other prosecutors have tried to tell […]

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