John Krull

John
Krull

Krull directs Franklin College’s journalism school.

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Krull directs Franklin College’s journalism school.

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April 28, 2017 2:50 PM

Trump, tax cuts and a jolly old elf

If President Donald Trump’s proposed tax cut package demonstrates anything, it is that our long national fantasy that business people are animated by the same motivations as Santa Claus continues. Trump’s plan at this stage is about as detailed as a stick figure drawing, but it appears that it offers the wealthiest Americans 50 percent of the tax cuts and devotes only about 7 percent of the trims to the middle class – and those…

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April 9, 2017 12:49 PM

Kurt Vonnegut and ‘original virtue’

So it goes. April 11 marks the 10th anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s death. He and I were friends – actually, “pals” was the term he used – during the last years of his life. Whenever I traveled to New York, generally four or five times a year, we would get together to swap stories and talk about life over Italian food (for lunch) or French cuisine (for dinner) at two of his favorite haunts in…

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March 13, 2017 9:42 AM

Our long national Knightmare

Once upon a time, Bob Knight was a hero of mine. When I was in high school in the mid-1970s, my friends and I planned large swathes of our lives around Indiana University basketball. When star Scott May, who apparently dated a girl from our high school for a time, was injured in 1975 and the Hoosiers failed to win the national title, we grieved. The next year, when IU went undefeated and claimed the…

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November 30, 2016 6:03 PM

Scoring points while losing arguments … and elections

Give the man his due. President-elect Donald Trump did what he said he was going to do – save jobs. The news Tuesday that Trump had brokered a deal with Carrier Corp. to keep the company from moving 1,000 Hoosier jobs to Mexico is a good thing. It means, at the very least, that for a lot of Hoosier families the holidays just became a lot brighter. Because Trump is such a divisive figure, even…

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November 11, 2016 4:10 PM

Donald Trump and seeds upon the earth

The Bible says it best, in Galatians: “For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” The election of Republican Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States has yielded little but fury. Demonstrators upset about this elevation to the world’s most powerful office have taken to the streets in cities across America to protest. Some of Trump’s more unsavory supporters have seen his triumph as license to come out of the shadows…

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October 9, 2016 9:54 AM

When you shake hands with The Donald….

Let’s face it – this wasn’t a surprise. Long before the recordings surfaced of Donald Trump speaking of women in crude, offensive and misogynistic terms, the Republican presidential candidate had made it abundantly clear who and what he was. Certainly, his hatred of women had been on full display. Megyn Kelly of Fox News, Rosie O’Donnell, Alicia Machado, Carly Fiorina and, yes, Hillary Clinton all can testify to Trump’s demeaning dismissals of women as beings…

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August 10, 2016 4:07 PM

Donald Trump has met the enemy….

He shouldn’t have said it. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump created another controversy on Tuesday when he ad-libbed a comment about Hillary Clinton being able to appoint justices to the U.S. Supreme Court should she be elected. Speaking at a rally in North Carolina, Trump said: “Hillary wants to abolish – essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do,…

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July 7, 2016 4:26 PM

Donald, Mike and love for sale

The burgeoning bromance between the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence makes a weird kind of sense. These guys need each other. The mating dance between Trump and Pence over whether the Indiana governor will assume the position of being The Donald’s vice presidential candidate has befuddled many. What could a Hoosier Bible-thumper and a thrice-married plutocrat who has publicly rhapsodized over his own daughter’s sex appeal possibly have…

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February 9, 2016 7:02 PM

Mike Pence and the pleasures of looking backward

For Mike Pence, it appears that the future is the past. Indiana’s governor is an embattled politician – and when he’s under pressure, Pence’s gaze always looks backward, not forward. He is a breathing illustration of the difference between a conservative and a reactionary. His instincts always are to try to return the state and nation to a past that likely never existed. His optimism is not for some bright tomorrow, but for dreamy, sepia-soaked…

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January 20, 2016 10:18 AM 4 Comments

Trump, Palin and a simple question

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin – the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee – has endorsed Donald Trump for president. Trump, a trust-fund baby who has parlayed a multimillion-dollar inheritance into a billion-dollar net worth, has emerged as a self-appointed voice of working people. His credentials as a man who walked away from two marriages when they grew difficult and his acknowledgement that he has “taken advantage” of bankruptcy laws to avoid meeting obligations to creditors have…

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