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KENNEDY: Detroit reflects our moral bankruptcyRestricted Content

August 10, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
The city of Detroit has declared bankruptcy. It is the largest city in the United States ever to do so, and the punditry—what the late Molly Ivins called “the chattering classes”—are pointing fingers at those their particular ideologies suggest are to blame. It’s “white flight” or de-industrialization or lack of economic diversification or corrupt government or a combination of these and more.
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RUSTHOVEN: The fish in this barrel reekRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
It’s nice when a fellow Hoosier hits the big time. Latest is Princeton’s Sydney Leathers, who exposed Anthony Weiner, ex-congressman and now New York City mayoral candidate, for continuing the “sexting” behavior that forced his House resignation.
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KENNEDY: Public safety is still Job OneRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
The murder rate in New York City is 3.4 per 100,000. The murder rate in Indianapolis is 17.5 per 100,000.
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KENNEDY: Equality economics hitting homeRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
When it comes to the culture-war politics of same-sex marriage, our governor and legislators would be well advised to listen to Indiana’s business and corporate leadership and forgo their pious pandering to the shrinking number of Hoosiers spooked by social change.
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RUSTHOVEN: This is post-racial America?Restricted Content

July 6, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
The final days of June made me wonder if we're ever going to get past race.
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KENNEDY: Enough meat grinding, alreadyRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Congressman Marvin Stutzman is hardly alone in waging what seems like a mean-spirited campaign against the “least of us.”
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RUSTHOVEN: Court sent signal quiet and clearRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Two law stories made Indianapolis headlines last week. One is Tomisue Hilbert’s lawsuit against John Menard, claiming he tried to extort, uh, “favors,” and is now trying to wreak financial revenge for being rebuffed. Hmm. What say we talk about the other story?
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KENNEDY: Mom-and-pops keep skin in the gameRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Sometimes, the more we learn, the more complicated things get.
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RUSTHOVEN: Welcome back, Indiana PacersRestricted Content

June 8, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Other than the disappointing, anticlimactic Game 7 with the Miami Heat, this was a terrific year and fabulous playoff run by the Pacers. We owe the players and team officials a huge vote of thanks.
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KENNEDY: Green over irrational hostilityRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
A study recently published in Archives of General Psychiatry has linked the growing incidence of autism to early-life exposure to pollution.
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RUSTHOVEN: Obama's Teflon starting to wearRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
The president’s had a bad fortnight. Worse lies ahead.
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KENNEDY: We the ignorant peopleRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Like it or not, the United States is a country where, increasingly, people read different books and newspapers, visit different blogs, watch different television programs, attend different churches and even speak different languages.
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RUSTHOVEN: Bowen lived, governed with characterRestricted Content

May 11, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Early this month saw the passing of Otis Bowen, among the most admired, respected governors in Indiana history. Tributes following his death have been gratifying and well-deserved.
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KENNEDY: Rethink research to save higher edRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
It’s no secret that higher education is in a state of turmoil—one might even use the word “crisis.”
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RUSTHOVEN: Praise for one of the good guysRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
This weekend finds me in D.C. cheering my Reagan White House boss, Fred Fielding, on receiving the National Republican Lawyers Association’s Ed Meese Award for upholding the rule of law in the face of political adversity. No one could be more deserving.
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KENNEDY: Another session, another embarrassmentRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
When the Legislature is in session, Hoosiers have learned to worry.
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RUSTHOVEN: Let lawmakers decide gay marriageRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Indiana’s new senator, Joe Donnelly, made news April 5 announcing he had changed his mind and now supported gay marriage.
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KENNEDY: Listen to the MillennialsRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Last month, the media and much of the American public fixated on oral arguments in two same-sex marriage cases being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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RUSTHOVEN: Tails ought not wag the dogRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Mike Pence has been governor almost three months, so The Indianapolis Star’s Matt Tully has decided it’s time to quit stalling and simply declare Pence a failure.
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RUSTHOVEN: Cento personified opportunityRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
In the first block of South Meridian, a few paces north of Maryland, you will find next to the parking garage entrance a modest establishment called Cento Shoes. It’s been there for over four decades, founded when L.S. Ayres was flourishing just across the street and no one dreamed of a Circle Centre mall.
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KENNEDY: A matter of perspectiveRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
If there is one observation increasingly endorsed by conservatives and liberals alike, it is this: American government isn’t working. Not in Washington, and not in a growing number of states.
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RUSTHOVEN: The sky really isn’t fallingRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
If our president is right—and who doubts a word he utters?—writing this is wasting time, as it is scheduled for publication that day after the “sequester” takes effect and life comes to an end. But on the off chance the world survives, let’s soldier on for the fraction of readers who might not always find this column a waste of time.
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KENNEDY: Unhealthy, unwealthy and unwiseRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
John Kasich (Ohio), Rick Snyder (Michigan), Jan Brewer (Arizona), Brian Sandoval (Nevada), Susana Martinez (New Mexico) and Jack Dalrymple (North Dakota) are all conservative Republican governors opposed to the Affordable Care Act.
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RUSTHOVEN: 'Relevance' is irrelevantRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ

Among American liberals, coverage of Pope Benedict’s decision to resign and speculation about his successor take a predictable line. The Washington Post’s editorial is typical. The challenge facing the Roman Catholic Church, we are told, is “how to remain relevant to an increasingly secular world and to its own changing membership.” Benedict was a “conservative,” at times “reactionary,” who believed “only uncompromising adherence to past doctrine could preserve the faith.

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KENNEDY: Pence should retake Regulation 101Restricted Content

February 9, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy

New year, new governor, same song. One of the first official pronouncements from newly inaugurated Gov. Pence was a solemnly delivered promise to stop regulating—to cease issuing administrative rules except when "absolutely necessary."

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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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