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Commentary: Kurt Vonnegut and original virtue

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Commentary: Kurt Vonnegut and original virtue

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – So it goes. April 11 marks the 10th anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s death. He and I were friends – actually, “pals” was the term he used – during the last years of his life. Whenever I traveled to New York, generally four or five times a year, we would […]

Commentary: Time and tide, two great teachers

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Commentary: Time and tide, two great teachers

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  ELBOW BEACH, Bermuda – The ocean is a great teacher. I stand chest deep in the Atlantic Ocean, just out from a pristine beach of off-white sand. Both the tide and the winds are high. The waves pound. The air temperature is about 70 degrees, the water about 65. The locals […]

Commentary: Pitch and catch on the shores of history

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Commentary: Pitch and catch on the shores of history

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  HAMILTON, Bermuda – My son and I throw the baseball on haunted ground. We didn’t know it when we started. We just wanted to find a place where he could work his arm a bit while on break. We chose a lovely little green park by the water, kicked our shoes […]

Commentary: Donald Trump, firing blanks

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Commentary: Donald Trump, firing blanks

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Some years ago, a guy who had experienced success in business but had been drawn into politics told me about the difference between those two worlds. In business, when you’re negotiating, he said, and you have a gun you can use, you just have to set it on the […]

Commentary: Messages from a forgotten America

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Commentary: Messages from a forgotten America

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The calls keep coming. The writer Thomas Frank and I are talking over the air about his most recent book, “Listen, Liberal” – an unsparing critique of the ways the Democratic Party has lost its way by losing its connection with the working class, the dispossessed and the disinherited. […]

Commentary: Fight still on for nonpartisan redistricting bill

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Commentary: Fight still on for nonpartisan redistricting bill

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com A map that has been floating around on the internet sites shows how the country in less than two decades has devolved into a sharply divided nation where legislative districts are either overwhelmingly red or blue. No purple. Just mostly red and some blue. You might think that map, which is […]

Commentary: Politicians, how low can you go?

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Commentary: Politicians, how low can you go?

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Even though I’ve been covering politics for decades, the stupidity and short-sightedness of most politicians continues to astound me. Consider the slow-motion train wreck that was the joint appearance by FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency head Michael Rogers before the Intelligence Committee – irony alert – […]

Commentary: Chuck Berry’s rockin’ history of the U.S.A.

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Commentary: Chuck Berry’s rockin’ history of the U.S.A.

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Chuck Berry could be a pain. I remember attending one of his concerts, maybe 30 years ago. Early in the show, he spotted a woman video-recording him. He stopped playing, set his guitar down on the stage and yelled at her. She stopped recording. That wasn’t good enough for […]

Commentary: A war on knowledge

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Commentary: A war on knowledge

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – This is where ignorance leads. The new health care plan conceived by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and the budget proposed by President Donald Trump have been called many things. Assaults on the poor, the old and the sick. A betrayal of the rural Americans who voted Trump […]

Commentary: Missing the boat, and the water, on health care

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Commentary: Missing the boat, and the water, on health care

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – So, it turns out that solving America’s health coverage problem isn’t easy, after all. For nearly a decade, Republicans across the country have descried former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and vowed they would “repeal and replace” it as soon as possible. Again and again, they asserted that […]