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Commentary: ‘We have met the enemy….’

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Commentary: ‘We have met the enemy….’

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – They’re talking about getting ahead of the wave. Which may be a tidal wave. I’m talking, over the air, with Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce President Michael Huber, Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana Chancellor Kathleen Lee and Ascend Indiana President Jason Kloth. The conversation specifically is about Kloth’s organization […]

Commentary: Great Gatsby, Terrific Trump

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Commentary: Great Gatsby, Terrific Trump

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  NEW YORK – The city lights shimmer and glow on of the East River, undulating with the movement of the water, illuminating and dissipating as current surges forward. I’m high above the flow, rereading that classic tale of American self-invention, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” for perhaps the 50th time. […]

Commentary: Make it the people’s house again

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Commentary: Make it the people’s house again

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In the waning days of the presidential campaign, when he thought he was likely to lose, President-elect Donald Trump routinely complained that the system was “rigged.” He was right – but it’s rigged to benefit him and the Americans he represents. Angry Hillary Clinton supporters and other activists have […]

Commentary: Carrier stays, Trump delivers

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Commentary: Carrier stays, Trump delivers

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Give the man his due. President-elect Donald Trump did what he said he was going to do – save jobs. The news Tuesday that Trump had brokered a deal with Carrier Corp. to keep the company from moving 1,000 Hoosier jobs to Mexico is a good thing. It means, […]

Commentary: Castro and our endless quarrels

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Commentary: Castro and our endless quarrels

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Few things demonstrate the depth of Americans’ addiction to easy truths and lazy understanding more than the reaction to Fidel Castro’s death. On one side of our vast political and cultural divide, Castro is condemned as a dictator, a brutal tyrant who imprisoned political opponents, murdered dissidents and wreaked […]

Commentary: Trump reshuffles the deck

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Commentary: Trump reshuffles the deck

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A few weeks before the election, a friend of mine who is a Donald Trump supporter told me something I should have listened to more closely. He said no one seemed to understand what Trump’s plan to build a wall along the Mexican border really was: A public works […]

Commentary: Thanksgiving, shelter in a troubled world

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Commentary: Thanksgiving, shelter in a troubled world

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – That, too, was a troubled Thanksgiving. It was 1968. I was an elementary school student. America was at war in Vietnam. Every night on the evening news, we saw footage of the war, listened to the body counts and wondered if the killing ever would end. We had moved […]

Commentary: When the labels hinder understanding

Commentary: When the labels hinder understanding

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com When does a conservative become a liberal? (Sadly, these labels distort, mislead, and power growing distance between people.) What is a “liberal?” Here is one definition: “open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values.” A difficulty is definition of “traditional,” but more on that later. And, what […]

Commentary: The White House whine cellar

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Commentary: The White House whine cellar

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Some years ago, an editor asked several people, me among them, to write for a newspaper’s blog. The editor assured us they would monitor the comments section on the blog so that no one said anything disrespectful or hurtful about us. I laughed and told him not to worry […]

Commentary: Smoke, mirrors and sleight of hand

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Commentary: Smoke, mirrors and sleight of hand

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Most magic tricks work off the same principle. Misdirection. The magician distracts the audience with a flurry of motion in a place in which not much of consequence is happening so that the audience isn’t looking in the place where the real action takes place. We, the audience, are […]

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