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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Commentary: United Airlines, and what Aretha said

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Commentary: United Airlines, and what Aretha said

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The skies of United, it turns out, aren’t so friendly, after all. United Airlines has become the butt of a million jokes, the focus of intense criticism and even the subject of congressional inquiry after employees for the airline ordered a 69-year-old man to surrender his seat on a […]

Commentary: Joe Donnelly and the vanishing center

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Commentary: Joe Donnelly and the vanishing center

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – As America moved toward its Civil War, Abraham Lincoln’s great rival Stephen A. Douglas once said he could have traveled all the way from Washington, D.C., to Chicago guided by the light of his own burning effigies. Douglas had angered both Northerners and Southerners by attempting to paper over […]

Commentary: Doing Putin’s work for him

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Commentary: Doing Putin’s work for him

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – If Russian leader Vladimir Putin saw meddling in our election as an investment, he must be happy with the way it paid off. Because we Americans are so focused on the ping pong game that is partisan politics, we tend to look at the Russian intervention in the 2016 […]

Commentary: Political fog, education smoke

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Commentary: Political fog, education smoke

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Like so many other pitched conflicts, Indiana’s education wars have created a great deal of fog and dust. That’s made it hard for Hoosiers to see what’s really going on. The unseemly battles between former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, and the members of the […]

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