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… ]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:26:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rutter: When ‘human’ corporations are weasels ]]> Lead story image

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 to Jefferson and Paine. When GOP presidential loser Mitt Romney suggested in the 2012 campaign that corporations are people, too, critics roundly and squarely hooted. While history might judge him a doofus, on this topic he was right. Just because we all missed that day in school when your civics teacher discussed the 14th Amendment … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:08:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Niedner: Seeking our Eden, but just for our kind ]]> Lead story image

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, and especially for a few hours on that last, thrilling evening. One couldn’t help noticing, however, that while the Germans mostly had names like Schweinsteiger and Götze, their roster included a pair of defenders named Boateng and Mustafi, not exactly prototypical German surnames. In Germany’s quarterfinal match against France, a French jersey bore the name … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:07:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rutter: Bayh owes Hoosiers one more election ]]> Lead story image

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. In 2011 the Handsomest Hoosier Who Ever Lived skedaddled from the Senate, and he took the rent with him. In this case, he’s been lugging around a satchel filled with $10 million-give-or-take-a-few-bucks in legit campaign contributions ever since. It’s his property. Let the record reflect that I have never called him the Handsomest Hoosier Who … ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:07:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Milbank: Elizabeth Warren for president? Doesn’t look like it ]]> Lead story image

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 empty, too. But Elizabeth Warren was in her element. The committee’s most junior member was the first senator to arrive, five minutes early, and when it was her turn to question the witnesses she blew past the time limit. It was as if she were back at Harvard Law School, using the Socratic method to … ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:07:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rutter: $13 minimum wage would allow for actual life ]]> Lead story image

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 in taxes did the government extract from your toil? All mysteries to be revealed. A newspaper paid me $75 that first week, before taxes, to produce words that Keats would have admired as long as Keats had a taste for hack sports writing. Opening the check was a ritual passage. As Keats said, “Nothing ever … ]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 02:07:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 Chicago. Major highways and rail lines make Gary a transportation and freight hub, and U.S. Steel continues to produce a significant portion of the world’s steel. Gary has been called the City of the Century, but unfortunately that refers to much of the 20th century. After decades of decline, Gary today has roughly 20,000 abandoned … ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:08:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rutter: Indiana journalism’s highest honor too often misses mark ]]> Lead story image

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 died with them on Ie Shima, a pitiful, useless rock near Okinawa. The second was Joe Aaron, who wrote 700-word poetic gems six days a week for 20 years in the smoke-choked newsroom of my youth. He was to the people of southern Indiana, western Kentucky and southern Illinois what Pyle was to GIs. He … ]]> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 02:08:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Niedner: Same-sex marriage issue must end ]]> Lead story image

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 decision concerning marriage rights and whether everyone, or only the heterosexual majority, should enjoy them. A wave of recent rulings around the nation suggests that the tide of public opinion and our communal sense of morality have changed significantly in recent decades on the subject of same-sex marriage. Our forebears once deemed human trafficking and … ]]> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 02:07:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gov. Pence: Seeking approval on Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 ]]> Lead story image

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 is government-driven, HIP 2.0 is consumer-driven. It allows participants to take greater control over their own healthcare decisions through POWER accounts, which are essentially health savings accounts. I have been encouraged by the positive responses I have heard from people across Indiana since we announced HIP 2.0. As national leaders in healthcare innovation, Hoosiers understand … ]]> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 23:40:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rutter: Indiana’s public universities failing tragically ]]> Lead story image

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 Indiana’s public universities? There’s an obvious ancillary question, too. Why should you care that the nine Indiana and Purdue branch campuses can’t graduate more than 27 percent of their full-time students? As a state taxpayer, you spend $1.2 billion a year on Indiana public colleges, that’s why. American taxpayers spend $10 billion on freshmen who … ]]> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 02:08:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. A swearing-in ritual is not usually a time for badgering a witness, but Issa couldn’t help himself. “You certainly have some explaining to do,” he told Koskinen. The bullying was vintage Issa, who’s in his last year as chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He followed the stunt with frequent interruptions … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:26:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rutter: Machinations of nature mysterious indeed ]]> Lead story image

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 this week. My family was one of those that killed everything that made life uncomfortable, which means all vermin, things with eight legs and small mammals that create that awful odor when they die under your porch. As a consequence when I grew to dad-hood, it always fell to me to kill the domestic infiltrators … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:43:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Greg Zoeller: Filing amicus briefs gives Indiana a voice in court ]]> Lead story image

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 make their legal arguments known to the Supreme Court if they are not plaintiffs or defendants in the lawsuit the court hears? The answer is that Indiana and other states file amicus briefs, also called friend-of-the-court briefs, with the Supreme Court and federal appellate courts. If not a party to the lawsuit, a state can … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:35:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 and/or unintelligible. On justice being blind: “One of the most important things I think that can happen today, Lynn Jenkins’ bill, an idea of fairness, the idea that when you look across the street from the Capitol, you see the Supreme Court, you see the statue sitting there, blinded in the process with the weights … ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:42:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rutter: How great and terrible to have a graceful dad ]]> Lead story image

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 the genome dice, would he have been a dynamic, keen life force that you’d have sought as a friend? With enough strength of character, this works as self-evaluation, too. If you were not your children’s father, would they find you exhilarating or somewhere south of Dullsburg? Your children are just one stray, mutated chromosome away … ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:36:39 -0500