Commentary

GUEST COLUMN: “Crazy Friendly Asians” and a ‘crazy’ American woman

Several years ago, it would have been considered racist to refer to a group as “Crazy Rich Asians”, but with the advent of a very successful movie by that title, it’s not only acceptable, but humorous as well. With that mind set, I would like to tell you about some crazy friendly Asians ...

GUEST COLUMN: How the rules of healthy debate have changed

What did you expect when the New Yorker magazine invited noted conservative intellectual and former Trump aide Steve Bannon to speak at a festival along with other noted but liberal invitees? Within moments of the announcement, social media and the New Yorker’s phone lines was set ablaze by ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Tips for fighting obesity epidemic

Obesity is one of the most serious health problems in our country. It leads to such conditions as high blood pressure and high blood sugar that can put people at a higher risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes than those with normal weight. A nationwide report released Wednesday by the ...

KERRY HUBARTT COLUMN: A tribute to former Woodlan football coach Leland Etzler

When I started my journalism career as a sportswriter for The News-Sentinel in June 1971, Leland Etzler had already been the head football coach at Woodlan High School for six seasons. He was 31. After getting acclimated to my new job that summer, my first big beat was covering football in the ...

GUEST COLUMN: Love Bourbon? So Does the Tax Man

I recently completed a three-day tour of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. It was quite educational as well as introducing me to a few new labels to try now that I am back home. Not everything I learned was blissfully enlightening however. At one of the distillery tours, the guide said that the ...

LEO MORRIS COLUMN: Stamping Out Road Rage

In the dog days of summer, when the news dries up even as the humidity soars, it can be tough to find a current crisis over which to obsess. So we must turn to our earnest statisticians, always ready to furnish bored journalists with a fresh batch of state-by-state comparisons around which to ...

GUEST COLUMN: John McCain – Courageous Conscience of the US Senate

“Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong.” This line from West Point’s Cadet Prayer sums up the career of one of my role models, the late Senator John McCain. While sorting-out the estate of my late father-in-law, in an antique shop in nearby Arcadia, Florida, I ...

KERRY HUBARTT COLUMN: Majority of citizens have faith in journalism

News-Sentinel.com has twice editorialized in recent weeks in defense of journalists in the wake of President Trump’s continued attacks on the media in general as perpetrators of “fake news.” Our defense has been that most journalists are professionals with ethical standards of ...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Eliminating plastic straws is a good first step

In response to Leo Morris’ editorial, “Confessions of an Anti-Straw Man” on August 23, 2018: Mr. Morris, Thank you for helping to make the point of our #nostrawplease campaign. You are correct that plastic straws only make up a small amount of the total plastic pollution in our ...

LEO MORRIS COLUMN: Legal immigration is political anathema

Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly is a brave politician who went against his party to support President Donald Trump’s demands for billions of dollars to build a border wall. So says one of his campaign ads. No, no, no, insist attack ads aimed against him. Donnelly supported amnesty for ...

KERRY HUBARTT COLUMN: The importance of marital companionship

I wrote about my dad in this space six years, two months and one week ago — the day before Father’s Day, 2012. He was 90 years old. Dad died last week, less than 11 weeks before his 97th birthday. My column in 2012 was a tribute to the man who helped shape my character and instill in me ...