Commentary: It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

first_imgBy John KrullTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two moments made me miss two friends.One came when President Donald Trump spoke at a rally in Minnesota. The president of the United States said that the only reason his opponent Joe Biden had been a good vice president was that Biden had been willing to kiss former President Barack Obama’s, uh, posterior.The crowd roared its approval.Others were appalled.Some of Trump’s critics noted the crassness of the president’s language. They said it was beneath the dignity of his office.Others found it ironic that a man whose appetite for obsequiousness and flattery among his own underlings is endless would criticize someone else for bootlicking.Few noted, though, that it degraded not just the speaker, but the nation and our notions of shared citizenship.The other moment took place when Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick, a Republican, introduced Indiana Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Gary, when Melton announced he is running for governor.Republicans have been outraged that McCormick has been supportive of Melton. When the two went on a listening tour to hear from parents and students how Indiana’s schools might be improved, the chair of the state GOP released a statement that would have to cool down several hundred degrees to be considered merely scorching.Doubtless, because these are relentlessly partisan times, there also are Democrats who are less than thrilled that Melton is making nice with a Republican.This is the point where I shake my head and think of two departed friends, the late U.S. Rep. Andy Jacobs Jr., D-Indiana, and four-term Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut, a Republican.The two men ran against each other twice – in 1972 and 1974. Bill won the first campaign. Andy captured the second one. (I’m going to use their first names because they both were friends of mine.)Those days, like these days, were contentious ones. The Vietnam War, struggles over civil rights and other seismic changes in the American experience frightened and angered people.And then, as now, America had a president in the White House who sought to divide rather than unite the country. Richard Nixon called his political approach “positive polarization” and built enemies’ lists of fellow citizens he wanted to destroy.Bill and Andy weren’t built that way.Both went into politics because they liked people, including those with whom they disagreed. They saw government as a place where free people could work out their differences and build better communities and lives for everyone.I remember Andy telling me once how he disliked hearing political candidates say they would “fight” for this or that goal or program.“What’s wrong with saying, ‘I’ll work for this’ rather than ‘I’ll fight for this?’” he said.His point was clear: Why do we have to reduce everything to an us versus them dynamic – particularly when people in the “them” camp are our neighbors and fellow citizens?In the two races in which they ran against each other, they often drove to debates and joint campaign appearances together. Before they were called to the stage, they’d sit in the back of the room together. Both superb raconteurs, they’d be laughing out loud, trading stories and jokes.Their friendship continued for the rest of their lives.After Bill became mayor, he often had to travel to Washington on city business. When he did, he stayed at Andy’s apartment. When Bill and his wife Bev had their son, Chris, Andy’s wife Kim sewed the baby a birthing gown.Their friendship didn’t mean that they didn’t have political differences.They did.Bill told me once about the time Andy called the revamping and repurposing of Union Station that happened on Bill’s watch as mayor in Indianapolis “a turkey.” It stung, Bill said.But then he chuckled.“He might have had a point,” Bill said. “It might have been a turkey.”And that is the point.Bill Hudnut and Andy Jacobs were different men, but they understood the forces that unite us – friendship and a shared love of country – are greater than those dividing us. Because they liked and listened to each other, they could learn from each other.Andy and Bill are gone now, but they still can teach us.That’s what true leaders do.John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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first_imgThe kitchen at 19 Ottawa St, Westlake.“It (the house is at) the highest point in the area.”The home has a double lockup garage, and there is a large rumpus room which can also be used as a fourth bedroom or study.It is lowset brick and has a formal lounge and dining room, with floating timber floors.The galley kitchen has a lot of cupboard and storage space and leads to a covered outdoor entertainment area. The home at 19 Ottawa St, Westlake.Ms Kumarasuriyar said since she had owned the house she had carried out quite a few substantial renovations including installing a new bathroom, a new kitchen and flooring.She enjoys sitting in the rumpus room the most and said she really enjoyed the views from the property.“The house is at a higher elevation, so the views are very nice. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“When I come outside I can see the river, on the right-hand side then I can see all the southern ranges from my living room,” she said. The home at 19 Ottawa St, Westlake.All three bedrooms have ­built-in wardrobes and floating timber floors.The main bedroom has an ensuite and there is a separate laundry room in the house.There are also 1.5 KW solar panels.Marketing agent Leela Mendis said the home was “beautifully presented” and following recent renovations there was nothing extra a new owner had to do other than move in.center_img The home at 19 Ottawa St, Westlake.ANOMA Kumarasuriyar bought her home at 19 Ottawa St in 1992 and has lived there happily ever since.It’s not just the house itself that she has loved but also the area and the community.“I have fantastic neighbours,” Ms Ms Kumarasuriyar said. “The neighbours are beautiful and for children it is a lovely area.” last_img read more

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