Commentary: Most of the tributes that have flowed since his death have focused on his huge, history-shaping achievements. But let’s remember that Dick Lugar walked our streets long before he strode the world’s stage.
The pity is that too many journalists, including Acosta, end up playing along.
Some things are just hard to measure.That’s the real message of the teacher evaluations the Indiana Department of Education released this month. Twenty-five percent of Hoosier teachers were rated highly effective and another 61 percent as effective. Less than half a percent were deemed “ineffective.”
So much for being governor of all the people of Indiana. Earlier this month, not long after the House of Representatives voted to strip the controversial second sentence out of House Joint Resolution 3—the proposed state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage—Gov. Mike Pence told WISH-TV Channel 8 that he supported the HJR 3 in its original form.
Oh, what strange things partisanship and ideology can be. The day after the votes had been counted in the 2012 election, Republican leaders new and old in state government declared that nothing—not even a pesky upset—was going to stop them from implementing their education agenda.
The Supreme Court will have to revisit this issue again—and perhaps more decisively.
It’s hard to know what produced the change.
So much for a U.S. senator’s deliberative function.