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Commentary: A little perspective on sex abuse charges

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Commentary: A little perspective on sex abuse charges

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com Every day we turn on the news or pick up a paper to hear or read about another man in a position of power or authority who abused that power by harassing or assaulting women over whom they had control. Liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, religious or secular, the […]

Commentary: Gerrymandering affects the big issues of our day

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Commentary: Gerrymandering affects the big issues of our day

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com Gerrymandering matters. It is not an arcane word describing some confusing political exercise. Nor is it describing something that affects only politicians and their acolytes. It matters because it has a direct impact on the biggest news stories on the day – tax cuts, sexual harassment, health care, defense and […]

Commentary: Tax reform and a rigged system

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Commentary: Tax reform and a rigged system

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  While all eyes were on the Mueller indictments and the unfolding Trump-Russia scandal, Congress was quietly and steadily working on a plan that promises tax cuts, jobs and prosperity for all. You have probably heard all about it if you have spent more than 10 minutes watching television this fall. A […]

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One editor leaves, another comes in

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com FRANKLIN, Indiana – A change is coming to TheStatehouseFile.com, the award-winning news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. Executive Editor Rachel Hoffmeyer will leave to take a position as Digital Communications Director for Gov. Eric Holcomb. Veteran and award-winning editor and reporter Janet Williams will become TheStatehouseFile.com’s next executive editor. Hoffmeyer’s […]

Commentary: Real patriotism is respecting the sacrifices of those who serve

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Commentary: Real patriotism is respecting the sacrifices of those who serve

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com Eighty-nine years ago this month in a hospital 300 miles from home a shell-shocked World War I veteran died. The man, only 35 years old, left behind a wife and four children, all under age 6. He wasn’t counted among the 53,000 American soldiers killed in the bloody conflict, but his […]

Commentary: Me too: Simple words that reveal deep pain

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Commentary: Me too: Simple words that reveal deep pain

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com If you spend any time at on Facebook you might have seen some of your friends and family post two simple words, “me too.” Given the events of the past week I didn’t need to read the explanation – that people, women mostly, are typing those seemingly innocuous words to show […]

Commentary: Hypocrisy knows no boundaries

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Commentary: Hypocrisy knows no boundaries

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  It’s hard to imagine two people more different in politics and temperament than Tim Murphy and Harvey Weinstein. Murphy, the Republican congressman from Western Pennsylvania, carved himself a niche as a conservative anti-abortion Christian. As a member of the pro-life coalition in Congress he has voted consistently to limit access to […]

Commentary: People kill people, but access to guns makes killing too easy

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Commentary: People kill people, but access to guns makes killing too easy

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  The National Rifle Association is absolutely right about one thing: Guns don’t kill people; people kill people. That gun sitting on a shelf, in a safe or in a case at your local gun shop isn’t any more dangerous than the baseball that sits in a corner at my home. Guns, […]

Commentary: When bribery is just part of the job

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Commentary: When bribery is just part of the job

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  Imagine working in an industry where bribery and extortion are just how you conduct your everyday business. You want something from a colleague who won’t listen to your point of view? Just offer him or her a bribe. When your boss or colleague wants you to do something you might not […]

Commentary: We need an office of American dignity

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Commentary: We need an office of American dignity

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  There is a powerful scene in episode seven of “The Crown,” the Netflix series about the early years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, where the young monarch confronts that aging lion of Great Britain, Winston Churchill. Churchill had had a debilitating stroke in the summer of 1953 and with […]

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