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MASSON: Repealing the 17th Amendment would be step backward

May 17, 2014
In 1854, the Indiana Democratic Party was led by Jesse Bright, a man described as “hateful and extraordinarily ambitious.” He rose to power as a bully and apparently remained one. His pugnaciousness was no small part of the events that led to a two-year period in which Indiana had only one U.S. senator.

MASSON: New slogan destined for 'Wander Indiana' infamy

March 15, 2014
The Indiana Office of Tourism Development has announced that “Honest to Goodness Indiana” is the new slogan with which it will attempt to promote the state to tourists. IBJ reported that slogan was the product of a panel of 30 individuals within the travel, tourism and hospitality industries, government leaders, and representatives from both the public and private sectors as well as a development process including input from nearly 8,000 consumers.

MASSON: Pushing back against education 'reform'

January 18, 2014
We spend our limited resources on testing companies that waste our kids’ educational time in order to provide information the teachers and principals already know.

MASSON: Juries carry out noble, weighty duty

November 2, 2013
We ask juries to do a lot in Indiana. In simple terms, juries are a body empaneled to be fact finders as part of the judicial process for resolving criminal charges or civil disputes.

MASSON: Past was prelude in Zinn controversy

August 31, 2013
Former Gov. Daniels seems to have a good grasp of Orwell’s notion that who controls the past controls the future and who controls the present controls the past.

MASSON: We're all becoming Panopticon prisoners

June 29, 2013
"Privacy" comes from a Latin word meaning “separated from the rest,” initially thought of in negative terms, mostly having to do with deprivation of the ability to participate in government.

MASSON: The economy is not a morality play

March 2, 2013
Americans in general and Hoosiers in particular like to see the economy as a morality play. If you are rich, it is because you are hard-working and clever. If you are poor, it is because you are lazy and stupid.

MASSON: Allow cursive writing to fade away

January 5, 2013
As I recall the story, the guys in my dad’s fraternity used to haze the pledges by cracking eggs, emptying them down the stairwell and making the new guys catch them in their mouths down at the bottom.

MASSON: Marriage amendment is short-sighted

December 1, 2012
Thomas Jefferson said, “The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
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