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Commentary: Guns, prejudices and inconvenient realities

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Commentary: Guns, prejudices and inconvenient realities

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Bet you didn’t know guns were a cure for cancer. Or that they solve math problems faster than computers and calculators. Or that they are even better than a mother’s love. You would know – or at least believe – these things if you lived in the same part […]

Commentary: Trump and Comey, a beginning, not an end

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Commentary: Trump and Comey, a beginning, not an end

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The trouble is serious. Context matters. And the trouble isn’t going to go away anytime soon. Those were three primary takeaways from former FBI Director James Comey’s public testimony before the U.S. Senate Thursday. Minutes after Comey finished his open testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, I talked, over […]

Commentary: At home with the Hemingways

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Commentary: At home with the Hemingways

  By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com    OAK PARK, Illinois – The house where Ernest Hemingway was born radiates peacefulness.   A handsome, substantial structure, it sits on a quiet street in this Chicago suburb. Not far away children play in a park. The houses on the streets around the Hemingway home, some of them designed […]

Commentary: From Paris with ignorance

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Commentary: From Paris with ignorance

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord provoked strong reactions. Environmental activists said the president’s act was dangerous and could do lasting harm to the earth our children will inherit. Business leaders said Trump’s decision was ill-considered and could close some […]

Commentary: A race to the bottom

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Commentary: A race to the bottom

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Murder isn’t a joke. That’s why I didn’t laugh when comedienne – I use the term loosely – Kathy Griffin posted an image of her holding the bloody severed head of President Donald Trump. Nor I did I ever chuckle when right-wing and alt-right activists showed up at rallies […]

Commentary: A day it rained

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Commentary: A day it rained

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – It rained the day we wed. Twenty years ago, we planned to exchange our vows outside in a park. But the skies opened and an early summer rain fell, like a blessing, so we moved the ceremony to the tent where we had planned to have the reception. The […]

Commentary: Congress’ approach to health care is reckless

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Commentary: Congress’ approach to health care is reckless

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”  Congress and the president remind me of […]

Commentary: JFK, as he was

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Commentary: JFK, as he was

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Some years ago, John F. Kennedy’s family had a wish. They wanted Americans to commemorate JFK’s birth rather than his death. It was an understandable desire. For them, John Kennedy wasn’t a statue or a figure in a museum. He was a husband, a father, a brother, an uncle. […]

Commentary: DeVos shows us what vouchers are

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Commentary: DeVos shows us what vouchers are

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos just rendered a valuable public service. She lifted the curtain on school vouchers and made clear exactly what this system of using taxpayer funds to pay for private and religious schools is. It’s a way for some parents, particularly bigots, to get taxpayers to […]

Commentary: Terrorism at its roots

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Commentary: Terrorism at its roots

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Children. They attacked children. They murdered children. The suicide bomber who killed at least 22 people at Manchester Arena in Great Britain apparently targeted an Ariana Grande concert because there would be lots of young people there. The goal was to slaughter children. And that shows how far things […]