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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 […]

Commentary: Joe Donnelly and the vanishing center

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Commentary: Joe Donnelly and the vanishing center

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – As America moved toward its Civil War, Abraham Lincoln’s great rival Stephen A. Douglas once said he could have traveled all the way from Washington, D.C., to Chicago guided by the light of his own burning effigies. Douglas had angered both Northerners and Southerners by attempting to paper over […]

Commentary: Doing Putin’s work for him

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Commentary: Doing Putin’s work for him

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – If Russian leader Vladimir Putin saw meddling in our election as an investment, he must be happy with the way it paid off. Because we Americans are so focused on the ping pong game that is partisan politics, we tend to look at the Russian intervention in the 2016 […]

Commentary: Political fog, education smoke

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Commentary: Political fog, education smoke

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Like so many other pitched conflicts, Indiana’s education wars have created a great deal of fog and dust. That’s made it hard for Hoosiers to see what’s really going on. The unseemly battles between former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, and the members of the […]

Commentary: Kurt Vonnegut and original virtue

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Commentary: Kurt Vonnegut and original virtue

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – So it goes. April 11 marks the 10th anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s death. He and I were friends – actually, “pals” was the term he used – during the last years of his life. Whenever I traveled to New York, generally four or five times a year, we would […]

Commentary: Time and tide, two great teachers

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Commentary: Time and tide, two great teachers

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  ELBOW BEACH, Bermuda – The ocean is a great teacher. I stand chest deep in the Atlantic Ocean, just out from a pristine beach of off-white sand. Both the tide and the winds are high. The waves pound. The air temperature is about 70 degrees, the water about 65. The locals […]

Commentary: Pitch and catch on the shores of history

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Commentary: Pitch and catch on the shores of history

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  HAMILTON, Bermuda – My son and I throw the baseball on haunted ground. We didn’t know it when we started. We just wanted to find a place where he could work his arm a bit while on break. We chose a lovely little green park by the water, kicked our shoes […]

Commentary: Donald Trump, firing blanks

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Commentary: Donald Trump, firing blanks

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Some years ago, a guy who had experienced success in business but had been drawn into politics told me about the difference between those two worlds. In business, when you’re negotiating, he said, and you have a gun you can use, you just have to set it on the […]

Commentary: Messages from a forgotten America

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Commentary: Messages from a forgotten America

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The calls keep coming. The writer Thomas Frank and I are talking over the air about his most recent book, “Listen, Liberal” – an unsparing critique of the ways the Democratic Party has lost its way by losing its connection with the working class, the dispossessed and the disinherited. […]

Commentary: Politicians, how low can you go?

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Commentary: Politicians, how low can you go?

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Even though I’ve been covering politics for decades, the stupidity and short-sightedness of most politicians continues to astound me. Consider the slow-motion train wreck that was the joint appearance by FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency head Michael Rogers before the Intelligence Committee – irony alert – […]