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KENNEDY: The harmful problem with 'principles'Restricted Content

February 25, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
I have my own “principled” critique of the Affordable Care Act.
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RUSTHOVEN: A judicial giant hangs up his robeRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
The Shepard court has respected the authority of the political branches of government, while ensuring protection of individual rights.
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KENNEDY: The realities of monsters under the bedRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
As one of my sons observed a few weeks back, when we were scratching our heads over an especially egregious bit of political buffoonery, very scared people desperately crave certainty in a world that has none.
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RUSTHOVEN: Yank the shepherd's crook on GingrichRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Newt Gingrich is a horrid conservative standard-bearer.
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KENNEDY: Confront the shampoo girls at your perilRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
There is statistical evidence that licensing acts as a barrier to entry into a profession, and also as a barrier to labor mobility (since states have different requirements, licenses are considerably less portable than one might imagine).
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RUSTHOVEN: A retrospect on 50 years of desegregationRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
We honor King’s legacy by recognizing that challenges remain, and by continuing to work for an America where people are judged “by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.”
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KENNEDY: If we could just educate the politiciansRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Citizens who were most knowledgeable about history, government and economics were the least likely to seek elective office.
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RUSTHOVEN: Admiring gratitude for the Polian eraRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Bill Polian deserves a huge chunk of the credit for the Colts’ becoming a premier NFL franchise, and a tremendous source of pride and pleasure to our town.
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KENNEDY: Pols playing games with right-to-workRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Let’s get real: If so-called “right-to-work” laws generated economic growth, Mississippi would be an epicenter of economic activity.
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RUSTHOVEN: Lugar's wisdom on display against ObamaRestricted Content

December 24, 2011
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Last month, the Obama administration decided to delay decision on TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline for at least a year, pushing it past November 2012. Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar is leading the fight to secure prompt approval.
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KENNEDY: We could build our way out of this funkRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
It will never be less expensive to fix our decaying infrastructure than it is now.
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RUSTHOVEN: Right-to-work could spark Urbana 2.0Restricted Content

December 10, 2011
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Here’s a right-to-work primer: Federal labor law permits states to prohibit bargaining agreements requiring workers to join a union (or to pay union dues). Unions hate this provision but have never been able to kill it.
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KENNEDY: We need a recovery of real journalismRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
A healthy Fourth Estate is critical to democratic self-government.
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RUSTHOVEN: Romney is sufficient for conservativesRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Romney is not as conservative as many of us prefer. But he would be a vast improvement on Obama.
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KENNEDY: Navigating Byzantine health care costsRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
How many times do we fill out patient forms with identical information? How many insurance claims must be completed in different formats by all those white-haired ladies in colorful smocks sitting behind the glass partitions in your doctor’s office?
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RUSTHOVEN: What conservatives should learn from the Cain sagaRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Conservatives should not contribute to the poisonous practice of assigning racial motivation to political opposition.
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KENNEDY: A cautionary tale about politics and policyRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
The Litebox story makes a bigger point ... about the entire policy of cities “buying” jobs by offering financial incentives to companies that promise to move and/or expand.
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RUSTHOVEN: Kennedy verges on criminal accusationsRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Indianapolis residents cannot turn on a TV or radio without hearing Melina Kennedy ads telling voters that Mayor Greg Ballard “gave $300 million in city contracts to his political contributors.”
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KENNEDY: In Indy, it's still the economy, stupidRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
You can’t create bike lanes, improve schools, hire police or pick up garbage without money.
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Admiring the substantive candidateRestricted Content

October 15, 2011
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KENNEDY: Society's complexity requires ever more expertiseRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
It’s election season, and as I’ve watched the ads, debates and speeches—it’s occurred to me that the complexity of our society and world may be outstripping our ability to govern ourselves.
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RUSTHOVEN: How is Obamanomics working for you?Restricted Content

October 1, 2011
The Obama vision of “fairness” demands higher taxes even when they help no one, reducing revenues and raising deficits.
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KENNEDY: Threshhold questions for higher educationRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Colleges and universities that are genuinely engaged in education must have standards.
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RUSTHOVEN: Carson's Tea Party jab missed the markRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
U.S. Rep. AndréCarson recently grab-bed headlines by telling the Congressional Black Caucus (to quote news reports), “the Tea Party is working through its allies in Congress to block the economic advancement of blacks and other minorities.”
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KENNEDY: Tears at a wedding that should have beenRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Although it was otherwise indistinguishable from other Christian wedding ceremonies I’ve attended, my friend and his life partner walked out of church still strangers in the eyes of the law.
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