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Rutter: When ‘human’ corporations are weasels

Thomas Jefferson and Tom Paine tried to warn us, but people with more money and less sense had their way Their apprehension about granting unfettered “personhood” to business corporations was well-founded. Massive wealth being harnessed to serve itself while damaging democratic well-being was no mystery …

Niedner: Seeking our Eden, but just for our kind

Thanks to television and the Internet, a billion people worldwide, give or take a few million, watched Germany win the FIFA World Cup championship this month. “The beautiful game” brought us all together, fragmented and feuding lot that we are, for a stretch of weeks, …

Rutter: Bayh owes Hoosiers one more election

Most politicians don’t actually leave, as in, decide to exit of their own volition. They are evicted like squatters who won’t pay rent. If you’ve ever had a live-in brother-in-law who was having trouble “finding himself,” you know what I mean. Then, there’s Evan Bayh. …

Milbank: Elizabeth Warren for president? Doesn’t look like it

WASHINGTON — It was one of those important-but-dull hearings that don’t even get broadcast on C-SPAN 3. An obscure subcommittee was taking expert testimony on patient safety Thursday, and only four of its 14 members bothered to show up. Several of the public seats were …

Rutter: $13 minimum wage would allow for actual life

In ancient days, your first official paycheck was profound. It arrived in a tan envelope. You surreptitiously unsealed the thin adhesive on the flap, lifted the edge and peeked inside with one eye. How much would that first proof of professional adulthood be? How much …

Rebecca Wyatt: Gary’s people are city’s greatest asset

The city of Gary’s most outstanding asset is its people, but it has other important attributes. Gary has the best beaches, sitting on the south shore of Lake Michigan with Chicago’s magnificent skyline as a background. The city has the Gary-Chicago Airport and proximity to …

Rutter: Indiana journalism’s highest honor too often misses mark

Only two members of the 48-year-old Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame owe enshrinement to grandness. One was World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle who was inspired to greatness by every mutt-faced American GI he ever met in a muddy foxhole. Ernie was their voice. He …

Niedner: Same-sex marriage issue must end

Welcome to Indiana, where some days you’re married, and other days you’re not. It all depends on which religious or political group (if that distinction still means anything) has most recently persuaded a judge to issue a ruling that upholds, overturns or stays another judge’s …

Gov. Pence: Seeking approval on Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0

The state of Indiana has submitted its proposal for the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If approved, the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 (HIP 2.0) would replace traditional Medicaid for low-income able-bodied Hoosier adults. Unlike traditional Medicaid, which …

Rutter: Indiana’s public universities failing tragically

Take out your No. 2 pencil. This is a multiple-choice test. The answers are A) Wobbly; B) Coyote ugly; C) Inefficient; or D) All of the above, depending on your tolerance. The answer is D, and the question is: How bad are graduation rates for …

Milbank: Darrell Issa suffers from subpoena mania

WASHINGTON — “Raise your right hand,” U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa ordered IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Monday night. Koskinen raised his right hand to the usual position. “A little higher,” Issa commanded. Laughter rippled through the hearing room. Issa, R-Calif., glared down from the dais. …

Rutter: Machinations of nature mysterious indeed

Every once in a while, you should shun technology, or least rebuke the idea that science improves anything except medicine. Then go looking for an antidote to counteract your grim view of human-made improvements. Luckily, I ran into a bumblebee when that mood enveloped me …

Greg Zoeller: Filing amicus briefs gives Indiana a voice in court

The United States Supreme Court and federal appeals courts decide important cases impacting the constitutional rights of everyone, the responsibilities of businesses toward consumers and the relationship between government and citizens. States such as Indiana have a stake in these questions, but how do states …

Milbank: GOP may need translator for next majority leader

WASHINGTON — It happens once a week, almost like clockwork. U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the man House Republicans are on course to select as their next majority leader, steps to the microphones with other GOP leaders, opens his eyes wide and says something baffling …

Rutter: How great and terrible to have a graceful dad

Welcome to the Island of Dented Dads. I am the mayor. Have a seat. The Father’s Day quiz will start momentarily. We’re just trying to figure out who dad really is. If he had not been your father, which is mostly a cosmic roll of …