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KENNEDY: This time, Sharia law misunderstoodRestricted Content

July 14, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
I participated in a discussion of “Sharia Beyond the Headlines” at the Indianapolis InterChurch Center.
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RUSTHOVEN: A pocket guide to the health care rulingRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Ours is a government of limited powers.
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KENNEDY: Liar, liar, Romney's pants on fireRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
The lies that mystify me are not those obviously motivated by political ambition.
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RUSTHOVEN: The president who's above the lawRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
The Constitution requires that every president swear to “faithfully execute” the office.
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KENNEDY: Sociological whiplash on maddening displayRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
We are electing embarrassing buffoons.
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RUSTHOVEN: Gregg's attacks already off the railsRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Here’s the kicker—the “he” isn’t Mike Pence.
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KENNEDY: The real state of the stateRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Median household income fell 13.6 percent—the second-largest decrease in the nation.
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'America's best senator' turned awayRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Don’t get involved in politics unless you’re prepared at times to have your heart broken.
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KENNEDY: The party obsessed with looking backRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Today’s GOP has come to be known as the Party of No.
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KENNEDY: Who is the real Mitt Romney?Restricted Content

May 5, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
This is a seemingly inexplicable choice.
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RUSTHOVEN: Dragging Indianapolis Public Schools into the real worldRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
In most ventures, competition is so vital it’s illegal to restrict it.
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KENNEDY: Trust continues to dwindleRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
We can’t rebuild social trust by wishing it back. We need a national “house cleaning” to ensure that our institutions are trustworthy, democratic and ethical.
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RUSTHOVEN: Much riding on Supreme Court decisionRestricted Content

April 14, 2012
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Indiana is one of 26 states challenging ObamaCare, with Attorney General Greg Zoeller attending the first day of Supreme Court argument.
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KENNEDY: Republicans losing the 51 percentRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
In a recent New York Times column, Gail Collins observed “the thing that makes our current politics particularly awful isn’t procedural. It’s that the Republican Party has become over-the-top extreme.” She left out “mean-spirited and patriarchal.”
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RUSTHOVEN: Lugar attacks growing surrealRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
The distorted attacks on Sen. Dick Lugar typify what most Americans now despise about today’s politics.
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KENNEDY: Legislature has own band of bulliesRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Indiana’s legislators couldn’t find it in their hearts to pass a law that would protect vulnerable children against bullying in our schools. But at least 20 of them found the time to do a little bullying of their own.
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RUSTHOVEN: Qualms about Irsay's colossal wagerRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Rick Reilly, a fabulous sportswriter, points out that without Manning, there is no Lucas Oil Stadium, no Indy-hosted Super Bowl, no brand new JW Marriott downtown.
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KENNEDY: Tilting at the EnlightenmentRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Some people go through life like Don Quixote, tilting at windmills. Then there’s Rick Santorum. He wants to repeal the Enlightenment.
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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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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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