Commentary

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Is enough really being done to solve homicides?

In August of 2017, my grandson became the 22nd homicide of the year — a title no one wants. Since then, I have been seeking justice for Spencer. My life changed on the 19th of August, I became an advocate for justice. Not just for Spencer but for all the homicide victims in the last three ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Here we go again

Here we go again. The yearly call for “hate crime” legislation is upon us (News-Sentinel editorial, 8/2/18). This was a stupid idea last year, the year before last, and every year before those. Why should it be any more desirable now? Indiana should steer clear of all attempts at social ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Reader: Editorial on abortion is flawed

I read Kerry Hubartt’s column in the Saturday July 28 edition, and I have a number of concerns. I understand that abortion is an emotional issue for many in our community, and while Kerry’s column attempts to enlist both science and justice in the pro-life position, I think that the ...

HOLLY KUZMICH: Younger community leaders create hope for our democracy

It seems that everywhere we turn these days we see increasing signs of concern about the state of democracy in the United States. Further evidence of this came in the poll results that the Bush Institute, Freedom House and the Penn Biden Center released recently outlining Americans’ beliefs ...

The Rant for August 1, 2018

Can we please talk about how Democrat Joe Donnelly has been in Congress for a total of 12 years and never passed a single piece of his own legislation... At this point, a rock would be a better senator than him because it would do the same amount of work for less money! Shame on JoAnn Fabric, ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: President shouldn’t paint media with broad brush

While News-Sentinel.com may rarely agree with The New York Times’ editorial positions, we do agree with much of what Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger had to say in a private White House meeting with President Trump, at which he says he “implored” the president to reconsider his broad ...

BETTY STEIN: A little bit of this, a little bit of that

As of this writing, the Baltimore Orioles have lost 74 games this season. I wondered if that was a record, so went to an old faithful friend Google, and no, that’s far from a record, but they are on pace for one. A team called the Cleveland Spiders back in 1899 lost 134 games in one season. ...

GALLERY: Political cartoons for the week of July 22

Didn’t catch our daily pages in print? Well, you missed out on some of our editorial cartoons from syndicated artists who work at newspapers across the country. Here were the ones that made it in print this week, plus a few more for your enjoyment, or ire, depending on which side of the ...

KERRY HUBARTT: Both science and justice explain when life begins

Two news stories this week highlight the basic difference of opinion in the great abortion debate — when does life begin? The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed a preliminary injunction issued last year by a U.S. district judge that blocked an Indiana mandate to force ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: School districts taking safety into own hands

Should school buses have seat belts? To parents of children who ride buses, the answer may seem like a no-brainer. But it has taken years of debate and failed legislation to finally get to the point where the same safety restraints that are required in the family car are used to protect our ...

GUEST EDITORIAL: IU committed to health science education in Fort Wayne

In 1917, Indiana University made a commitment to education in northeast Indiana by establishing an extension center in Fort Wayne. That first IU experience began with 142 students and 12 courses, including nursing and education. Now, more than 100 years later, IU continues that tradition ...

CHRISTOPHER STIEBER: An open letter to Parkview Hospital about Slocum Pointe

Every few years or so during my father’s time as Director of Internal Auditing for Parkview Hospital, he would have to enlighten a fresh crop of young finance graduates touting brand-spanking-new MBAs, a briefcase full of theoretical bright ideas and an abysmal lack of real-world common ...

The Rant for July 25, 2018

Why on earth would you argue with a request from a flight attendant. Sounds like a deliberate try to make trouble to me and I saw nothing menacing about the flight attendant in the video that apparently went viral. Being civil goes both ways and I see so little civility. I wonder if being ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: We hope administration knows value of Coats

Dan Coats is between a rock and a hard place. Will he continue as President Trump’s national security director, will he retire or will he be fired? We hope he stays where he is. Indiana’s presence in the Trump administration has been strong through Vice President Mike Pence and now Coats, ...

MARK FRANKE: Hamilton — not the musical, but the American Dream

I am conflicted. I love history. One of my historical heroes is Alexander Hamilton. I wrote what was the equivalent of my senior thesis as an undergraduate major in economics on Hamilton’s plan to put the new nation on a sound financial footing. Needless to say, I have looked up to ...

KERRY HUBARTT: Let’s hope that wounds can continue to heal with arrest

The story of the arrest of 59-year-old John D. Miller in the abduction and murder of 8-year-old April Tinsley 30 years ago has not only been the hot topic of conversation throughout Allen County and Indiana this week, it has received national and international exposure in the media. Miller, of ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Baseball diamonds are not dog parks

The attached picture is of two animals and their owner in the Hamilton Park Little League baseball diamond on Sunday July 8, 2018, 2 p.m. with animals off the leash. The owner did not clean up after the animals but I did get a picture of the repugnant treatment of a public park by an ...