Taking Issue

KENNEDY: Thank Elbridge for our political extremesRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Politicians have been gerrymandering districts since the time of Elbridge Gerry, for whom the tactic was named—and he signed the Declaration of Independence.
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RUSTHOVEN: FitzGibbon was friend and hero departed too soon

September 28, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Our state and city lost an extraordinary citizen last week, when my friend and partner Dan FitzGibbon passed at age 71.
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KENNEDY: We need to learn to fight fairRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
In Florence, Italy, in one of that city’s many museums, there is a famous marble statue of Hercules and Diomedes wrestling. One of them—presumably Hercules—has his hands around the testicles of the other, and ever since we first saw it, my husband has referred to it as the “fight fair, dammit” statue.
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RUSTHOVEN: A president out of his leagueRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
The president’s handling of the Syria situation is a model of undermining U.S. credibility and influence. Three headlines from last week: 1. “Obama Got Played by Putin and Assad”; “Amateur Hour in the White House”; “Dazed and Confused.”
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KENNEDY: Revenue enhancement, anyone?Restricted Content

September 7, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Public finance these days reminds me of those fellows we used to encounter at the county fairs—the ones who twisted balloons into fantastic shapes, making horses or dogs from oblong balloons they blew up. Push the balloon here and watch a shape emerge there, and wonder if it would pop.
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RUSTHOVEN: Rappin' away the DreamRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Last week marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Few speeches merit recall a week later. King’s will be remembered as long as America lives.
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KENNEDY: More reasons why I left the GOPRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
I know it will come as something of a shock to younger readers of IBJ, but I spent 35-plus years as an active Republican.
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RUSTHOVEN: Taking issue with KennedyRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
I don’t comment on columns by my liberal “Taking Issue” counterpart Sheila Kennedy. This week is an exception, prompted by reader requests to respond to her Aug. 12 “Detroit reflects our moral bankruptcy” column for impugning the motives of those who don’t share her views.
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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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