Commentary

New teacher licensing requirement is ill conceived

Indiana teachers were not happy about the state Legislature’s changes this spring in the rules for how they must renew their professional licenses. As a result, thousands have been hurrying to begin the process before those new rules take effect July 1. Why? Because if they do most won’t ...

GUEST COLUMN: Fort Wayne’s garbage service remains inconsistent

Back in January of 2018, the media reported that concerns were being reported with the new agency the city of Fort Wayne had contracted for garbage and re-cycle pickup. It seemed that Red River Waste Solutions was not living up to the expectations promised by the mayor’s Office when the ...

THE LAST WORD: Ernie Pyle’s reporting brought D-Day to life

What I like about reading good fiction is that the best authors create stories that put you into the book — description, voice, emotion and all the senses combine to make you experience what you read. In my career as a journalist I sought, not always successfully, to try to bring my ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Auburn vote was a missed opportunity

I consider myself a new resident of DeKalb County (3 years), but because of my job and relationships, I feel I’ve been a part of the Auburn area for more than 20 years. During my short time being an official community member, I was amazed at the energy that was pouring into the ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: As a mayoral candidate, Tim Smith brings needed vision

Dickens wrote, “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” It always is. In a world defined by amazing smart devices, some of us are old enough to remember when the primary purpose of our phone was to talk to other people. I am not sure which time deserves more “likes”. As ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Immigration has positive impact on area economy

Fort Wayne’s festival season, which began last weekend, includes a series of celebrations of immigration — Arab Fest, Germanfest, Greekfest — in which people in our community share the cultures, customs and cuisines of the countries from which they originated. Our city has always ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Get educated about eating disorders

Nearly 30 million people in the United States are victimized by an eating disorder. Only one in 10 people seek treatment. Most people that are struggling with an eating disorder find it hard to discuss that they have these issues. Eating disorder is a mental illness. Like any other mental ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: IU and Purdue helping students limit debt

Since college has been a thing, the problem of the debt that is accumulated has been a hot topic. In fact, 70 percent of college graduates have debt of some kind, and when they all owe on average $37,172, it becomes increasingly hard to help these students. So why aren’t more ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Without anchor tenant, Electric Works not likely to fly

“A small group of people in position of influence and power... who are working aggressively to thwart the progress.” Are you sure? Let's get to the bottom of this. RTM, you don't have an anchor tenant for the Electric Works redevelopment. The “smart” money people know this, and to ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Differences evident in news reporting

You will see a connection between three writings: 1. In a letter to Attorney General William Barr in late March, Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrote that the AG’s memo “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the Mueller investigation. 2. Former News-Sentinel ...

THE LAST WORD: When complaining about the wet weather, remember our farmers

Indiana farmers are between a mud puddle and a soft place. While the rest of us moan and groan because our lawns are too wet to mow and our gardens too muddy to plant, some farmers throughout the Midwest are wondering whether to plant at all — and that’s their livelihood. Many ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: New executive director continues Trails legacy

Megan McClellan has been named executive director for Fort Wayne Trails, Inc., taking over the lead in an endeavor that began with the help of former News-Sentinel Editor Ernie Williams 45 years ago. McClellan will officially assume her new position at Fort Wayne Trails on Monday, replacing ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: School curriculum should be adjusted for manufacturing

As it stands now, advanced manufacturing is an important part of Indiana's economy. It has the second largest GDP in the U.S., employed more than 100,000 workers in the automotive industry during 2016, and, statistically, 1 in 5 Hoosiers will go to work in advanced manufacturing. If this is ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Inclusion key to special education

More than 41 million Americans, almost 15 percent of our current population ages 5 and older, are affected by a disability, making it extremely important that these students are provided with quality education and opportunity. Children are being put into special classes according to their ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Vibrant summer ahead in downtown Fort Wayne

June is at our doorstep, and with it comes a vibrant, pulsating downtown summer experience in Fort Wayne with something good going on practically all the time. News-Sentinel.com today pays tribute to a city that is a great place to be for all people of all ages. While there are many things ...