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Commentary: Fury of a pastor scorned

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Commentary: Fury of a pastor scorned

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pastors Alliance has a complaint. The alliance – whose membership is neither defined nor listed – sent a letter to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and the members of the Indiana General Assembly Monday. The letter was a passionate one, filled with righteous outrage that Indiana “fixed” the […]

Commentary: Sleeping bags, sofas and hopes for troubled children

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Commentary: Sleeping bags, sofas and hopes for troubled children

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Susan Dreyfus tells a story about a simple way to help a troubled child. Dreyfus, the chief executive officer of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, and I talk on the air about the damage adverse childhood experiences does to children’s development. In plain speak, research shows that […]

Commentary: Let’s face the music and dance

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Commentary: Let’s face the music and dance

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com BOURBON, Indiana – Life is a privilege. I’m at the wedding of a former student. Four other former students are part of the wedding party. Still other former students, their friends and their significant others have seats around me. My wife of nearly 20 years holds my hand as we watch […]

Commentary: Villages, lawmakers and outsourced thinking

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Commentary: Villages, lawmakers and outsourced thinking

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As the tragicomedy that is the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly stumbles and pratfalls its way to an end, one conclusion can be drawn. Many Indiana villages must be missing their idiots, because they sent them to the state legislature. The latest example of peculiar thought – […]

Commentary: Mike Pence, without a parachute

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Commentary: Mike Pence, without a parachute

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When people fall as hard and as fast as Mike Pence has, they generally like to have something – a parachute or a bungee cord – to slow or stop their descent. Indiana’s governor doesn’t seem to have either at his disposal. Two polls released in the past few […]

Commentary: The real fix for Indiana’s image problem

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Commentary: The real fix for Indiana’s image problem

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When the news broke that the state of Indiana has hired an out-of-state public relations firm to repair its “battered” image, the politest response was a guffaw. The voices on social media, in particular, were derisive. “You can’t fix stupid,” one noted communications professional posted on Facebook. The state’s […]

Commentary: Grandma’s coming, grab your guns

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Commentary: Grandma’s coming, grab your guns

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The big shot at the National Rifle Association says electing Hillary Clinton will bring about an apocalypse. “Hillary Rodham Clinton will bring a permanent darkness of deceit and despair forced upon the American people to endure,” Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s executive vice president and chief executive officer, told the […]

Commentary: Requiem for a man who made music on the page

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Commentary: Requiem for a man who made music on the page

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The man could make words dance. Ivan Doig died Thursday morning at his home in Seattle after a seven-year battle with multiple myeloma. He was 75. He was the author of 16 books and had become, following the death of Wallace Stegner, “the dean of Western literature.” I first […]

Commentary: The Civil War, a trial by fire that doesn’t end

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Commentary: The Civil War, a trial by fire that doesn’t end

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A century and a half ago, sorrow hovered over the land like a fog of mourning. The last days of the Civil War brought soakings of fresh trauma to Americans who already had been drenched in horror and despair. It was and remains the bloodiest civil war in human […]

Commentary: Indiana, through the eyes of others

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Commentary: Indiana, through the eyes of others

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com VICTORIA, British Columbia – Indiana’s troubles travel even to distant harbors. I’m sitting in a sea kayak near Victoria, paddle in hand, waiting for some larger boats to pass so we can cross a small strait. To pass the time, our guide – an amiable young native of British Columbia named […]

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