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Commentary: Richard Lugar and an adult approach to Iran

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Commentary: Richard Lugar and an adult approach to Iran

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Bless Richard Lugar. Spared the necessity of having to navigate through the ever increasing idiocies of petty partisan politics by being removed from office in 2012 and rejected by the party he served faithfully for more than 50 years, Indiana’s former six-term U.S. senator has become something rare. An […]

Commentary: Life and death in America’s gun paradise

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Commentary: Life and death in America’s gun paradise

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Thank goodness guns aren’t a problem in America. On a lovely Wednesday morning, a disgruntled and disturbed former employee shot a television reporter and cameraman, who were both in their 20s, dead while they were broadcasting live in Virginia. The cameraman was engaged to a woman who worked for […]

Commentary: A chance to walk the walk

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Commentary: A chance to walk the walk

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When the education reform movement in Indiana first started to pick up steam, everyone involved in it from the field marshals to the foot soldiers used the same buzz word. Accountability. The education reform warriors said schools and student performances weren’t going to improve until educators – particularly teachers […]

Commentary: Too early for a celebration

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Commentary: Too early for a celebration

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence’s office gave itself a pat on the back, but the pat should have been halfhearted. The news the Pence administration touted was about jobs. Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped in July – down to 4.7 percent, which is below the national average and well below the 5.8 […]

Commentary: Jared Fogle, and the horror inside our homes

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Commentary: Jared Fogle, and the horror inside our homes

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A few years ago, I passed some time with the guy now known as the world’s most notorious child molester. At the time, Jared Fogle was early in his improbable climb to becoming the face of the Subway sandwich chain, a man who parlayed the single act of backing […]

Commentary: A rejected path to success and prosperity

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Commentary: A rejected path to success and prosperity

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When the battle over Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act raged the hottest, the five living mayors of Indianapolis wrote a letter bemoaning the proposed law. Democrat Bart Peterson and Republicans Richard Lugar, William Hudnut, Stephen Goldsmith and Greg Ballard signed the letter. They said RFRA was doing damage […]

Commentary: Indiana, with the tassels still on

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Commentary: Indiana, with the tassels still on

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The cliché says the whole world will go by if a person sits in one place long enough. I’m sitting on a bench on Main Street at the Indiana State Fair. The entire world may not be going by, but it seems like a pretty good-sized slice of Indiana […]

Commentary: Jimmy Carter and the birth of outsider government

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Commentary: Jimmy Carter and the birth of outsider government

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Jimmy Carter now battles cancer. The news that the former president, now 90 years old, discovered that cancer cells have spread to several parts of his body has prompted fresh discussion about his life and legacy. None of the talk really has captured Carter’s true significance. He may turn […]

Commentary: The beginning of being old

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Commentary: The beginning of being old

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com As a 47-year-old man, it’s important that I write about aging now, mainly because I am so dangerously close to turning 48.  It’s also important for me now because this summer has been filled with so much loss.  And let’s face it, nothing forces one to think about making changes in […]

Commentary: Back to the future, in reverse

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Commentary: Back to the future, in reverse

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence increasingly resembles a kind of Marty McFly in reverse. Marty McFly, of course, was the hero of the classic time-travel comedy, “Back to the Future.” As played by Michael J. Fox, Marty was a 1980s teenager who finds himself mistakenly transported back to the 1950s. […]

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