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Commentary: Both sides of gun debate make valid arguments

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Commentary: Both sides of gun debate make valid arguments

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe there is common ground in the national debate over guns. Guy Relford and Steve Dunlop are discussing guns, gun violence and gun rights. Relford, an attorney who specializes in Second Amendment issues, and Dunlop, president of  Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence, talk on the air during a live […]

Commentary: Education standards, gutter balls and gold medals

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Commentary: Education standards, gutter balls and gold medals

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Here’s a great way to improve America’s chances to win the 100-meter dash in the next Olympics. Let’s have all the sprinters in the United States run in races. Let’s have a lot of the races be different lengths – make some 100 meters, others 90 meters and still […]

Commentary: Hate is no lonely hunter

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Commentary: Hate is no lonely hunter

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The man’s face just radiated hate. Twenty years ago, I covered a rally of white supremacists that took place at the Indiana Statehouse. Those were heady days for hate groups. Klan leader David Duke had won national attention with a too-close-for-comfort gubernatorial campaign in Louisiana – he finished second […]

Commentary: The fight just to be a family

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Commentary: The fight just to be a family

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A federal judge in southwest Indiana just dropped the other shoe in the same-sex marriage debate. Judge Richard Young ruled that the state of Indiana must recognize the marriage of an Indiana lesbian couple. Nicole Quasney and Amy Sandler wed in Massachusetts last year. Quasney now is in the […]

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Commentary: Teachers are only part of the equation

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Some things are just hard to measure. That’s the real message of the teacher evaluations the Indiana Department of Education released Monday. Those evaluations rated more than 25 percent of Hoosier teachers as highly effective and another 61 percent as effective. Less than half a percent of those evaluated […]

Commentary: David Letterman moves on

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Commentary: David Letterman moves on

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 30 years ago, I spotted David Letterman at a store in Indianapolis. It was when he was still on the climb – back before the move to CBS, before his epic (and losing) battle with Jay Leno to succeed Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show,” back when he […]

Commentary: Thomas Wolfe and the quiet after the flicker flames out

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Commentary: Thomas Wolfe and the quiet after the flicker flames out

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com ASHEVILLE, N.C. – No place whispers eternity quite like a graveyard. I’m standing near the headstone of Thomas Wolfe, a now almost forgotten author who once was considered the great American writer. When I was a college student, Wolfe’s books spoke to me in a way that no other writer’s did. […]

Commentary: The NRA and basic math

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Commentary: The NRA and basic math

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In a few days, the National Rifle Association will come to Indiana for its big annual meeting. Gov. Mike Pence and the state’s lawmakers decided to mark the occasion by giving the gun lobby a gift – a new state law that allows gun owners to bring their weapons […]

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Commentary: Voters need to keep lawmakers accountable

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Between them, Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, and Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, have managed to shine a light on what happens behind closed doors in caucus at the Indiana General Assembly. The lawmakers likely will not welcome the glare. Delph made himself an outcast among his fellow Republicans by throwing […]

Commentary: Westboro Baptist’s strange notions about God

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Commentary: Westboro Baptist’s strange notions about God

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It seems that the family and followers of Westboro Baptist Church’s Fred Phelps want to receive greater respect and consideration than they were willing to grant others. Phelps died last week. He and Westboro Baptist achieved a dubious notoriety by showing up at the funerals of American soldiers to […]

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