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Commentary: Richard Lugar and hunger as a WMD

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Commentary: Richard Lugar and hunger as a WMD

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Chauffeured in a golf cart, former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, rolls through and past mountains of food stacked on shelves. I stride along behind, beside and sometimes ahead of Lugar, 85, as he takes a tour of Gleaners, a huge food bank on the southwest side of Indianapolis. […]

Commentary: History as a next-door neighbor

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Commentary: History as a next-door neighbor

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows looks like a real person, not a moment in history. A trim woman with a warm, easy smile, she and I talk over the air just two days – only hours, really – before she’s to be ordained as the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, […]

Commentary: Trump, tax cuts and a jolly old elf

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Commentary: Trump, tax cuts and a jolly old elf

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – If President Donald Trump’s proposed tax cut package demonstrates anything, it is that our long national fantasy that business people are animated by the same motivations as Santa Claus continues. Trump’s plan at this stage is about as detailed as a stick figure drawing, but it appears that it […]

Commentary: Donald Trump and the locked gate

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Commentary: Donald Trump and the locked gate

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – She was a grand dame, a refined Southern blueblood, and she knew it. She believed in the prerogatives of class – felt, to her core, that the circumstances of her birth entitled her to certain privileges, a social standing elevated above that of others. I met her during the […]

Commentary: Colleges, universities and the combat between truth and error

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Commentary: Colleges, universities and the combat between truth and error

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Thomas Jefferson said it best. “This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it,” Jefferson wrote to […]

Commentary: They came, they saw, they did very little

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Commentary: They came, they saw, they did very little

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s legislators managed to make it through this session of the Indiana General Assembly without putting Hoosiers at each others’ throats or turning the state into a national joke. This is progress. The 2017 legislative session has been a quiet one. There haven’t been any mass protests that […]

Commentary: Steve Goldsmith and simple wisdom

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Commentary: Steve Goldsmith and simple wisdom

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Steve Goldsmith says three words. “I was wrong.” He follows with another three. “They were right.” The former two-term mayor of Indianapolis and I are talking about historic preservation for an upcoming documentary. Goldsmith specifically is addressing clashes more than 20 years old over the development of Circle Centre […]

Commentary: Foreign policy by spasm

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Commentary: Foreign policy by spasm

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Some years ago, I found myself seated next to then-U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, at a dinner. It was just a few weeks after the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. President George W. Bush had declared “war” on terrorism. Our march toward war in Afghanistan and Iraq had […]

Commentary: Solar power’s halfway conversation

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Commentary: Solar power’s halfway conversation

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – He uses the same word again and again. Subsidy. Mark Maassel of the Indiana Energy Association relies on that word as if it were a form of punctuation. Maassel, Jesse Kharbanda of the Hoosier Environmental Council and I talk over the air about the solar energy bill that has […]

Commentary: United Airlines, and what Aretha said

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Commentary: United Airlines, and what Aretha said

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The skies of United, it turns out, aren’t so friendly, after all. United Airlines has become the butt of a million jokes, the focus of intense criticism and even the subject of congressional inquiry after employees for the airline ordered a 69-year-old man to surrender his seat on a […]