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Commentary: Requiem for a killer

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Commentary: Requiem for a killer

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Nothing good comes from a killing. Years ago, the newspaper I worked for sent me to northern Indiana to do a story about the murder of Ruth Pelke. Pelke, a widowed grandmother, liked to give high school students in northwest Indiana Bible instruction. She opened her door one day […]

Commentary: What we could learn from the Irish

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Commentary: What we could learn from the Irish

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – So, same-sex marriage now is legal in lovely green Ireland. A few days ago, voters on the Emerald Isle cast their ballots overwhelmingly in favor of allowing people of the same gender to commit themselves to each other in marriage. A little more than 61 percent of Irish citizens […]

Commentary: The GOP, in pieces

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Commentary: The GOP, in pieces

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Pence must feel pretty lonely these days. At times it seems as though the Indiana governor is the only Republican politician in America not running for president of the United States. By some counts, there already are 15 GOP candidates for the nation’s highest office. By others, there […]

Commentary: Here’s a real way to honor veterans

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Commentary: Here’s a real way to honor veterans

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Perhaps it is appropriate that Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush prompted a national discussion about the Iraq War just days before the Memorial Day weekend. What better time is there to tally up the costs and benefits of a war than on the holiday when we honor and mourn […]

Commentary: To be devout in the asking

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Commentary: To be devout in the asking

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The bumper sticker on the car in front of me was emphatic. You can’t be Christian and pro-abortion, it read. “Really?” I said to myself as I trailed behind the car in rush-hour traffic. “Isn’t that God’s decision – and not yours?” That was a couple of days ago, […]

Commentary: Sorrow carved in stone

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Commentary: Sorrow carved in stone

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com WASHINGTON – The wall stands there, polished black with the names of the fallen carved like wounds into the surface of the stone. It’s a beautiful day in the nation’s capital as a somber line of people moves past the Vietnam War Memorial. Their eyes search the wall for a familiar […]

Commentary: Bill Hudnut and things that matter

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Commentary: Bill Hudnut and things that matter

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com CHEVY CHASE, Maryland – Bill Hudnut is in a mellow mood. We’re sitting in the sun room of his home in this Washington, D.C., suburb. It’s a lovely place, a 90-year-old house with a small pond stocked with fish at the side. In the afternoons, Hudnut says, he likes to sit […]

Commentary: Pence and the circle of sharks

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Commentary: Pence and the circle of sharks

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Everyone wants to write Mike Pence’s political obituary. To be sure, the Indiana governor is in trouble. Even many of his fellow Republicans are upset with him. Bill Oesterle, Angie’s List chief executive officer and former Mitch Daniels campaign manager, has been the most vocal in expressing his displeasure […]

Commentary: Show business, shovels and politics

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Commentary: Show business, shovels and politics

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – There’s a story told about a young boy who ran away to join the circus. He got a job, but not as an acrobat, lion tamer or even a clown. No, his job was to run around behind the elephants scooping up the fragrant deposits the pachyderms left behind […]

Commentary: Baltimore and tragic choices

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Commentary: Baltimore and tragic choices

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Something about the issue of race makes otherwise intelligent Americans lose control of their senses. Once again, another American city is in chaos. Baltimore – Charm City – has been left reeling in the past few days. Many of the city’s schools found themselves closed. Businesses were looted and […]

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