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The Rant for May 9, 2018

The Rant is The News-Sentinel’s anonymous sound-off forum. The readers’ views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel. Democrat Courtney Tritch's campaign is a joke. In order to win a CONGRESSIONAL race, you have to campaign in more than just ...

BETTY STEIN: Going back to where it started — two very important women

This is not what the column was going to be about. I’ve been working on a quiz — based on colors — and I’ve read some pretty good books. But News-Sentinel.com’s Blake Sebring was here to visit a couple of days ago and while we were talking, he said, “You’ve got to write about ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: We need to turn around dismal primary turnout

If you are a registered voter but have not yet voted today, this editorial is written to you. Depending on when you read this, you may still have time to get to the polls, which are open 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Please exercise your precious, constitutional right to cast your ballot for the candidates ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We need more fiscal watchdogs

The St. Joseph township advisory board race currently has 12 candidates in the Republican primary. With everyone living busy lives, it is easy to overlook this race. But this race is important. The Township currently has a budget of $1.5 million that includes township assistance, fire ...

KERRY HUBARTT: Was the necessity really there for ‘Scout Me In’ movement?

Is anybody really surprised by Boy Scouts of America’s decision to remove “boy” from its name? The parent organization will remain the Boy Scouts of America, and the Cub Scouts (kindergarten-fifth grade) will keep its title, as well. But the Boy Scouts (11- to 17-year-olds) will now be ...

POLITICAL CARTOONS: They ran on News-Sentinel pages the week of April 30

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 ...

GUEST EDITORIAL: Preventing takeovers like what happened in Muncie, Gary

House Bill 1315, the “School Dashboard Bill,” has generated a lot of attention in recent months. Two questions we hear repeatedly are, “Why do lawmakers insist upon removing local control from the school boards?” and “Will my school be next?” Claiming that any school could be ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Abba House will be missed by reader

I was sorry to read in your paper that the Abba House on North Anthony Blvd. was closing down after so many years. For the past 14 years, they have been such a blessing to me as I purchased many wonderful books and other items to enrich my faith. Dennis and the other staff helped to encourage ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Political yard signs accomplish very little

Can people just please give up the political yard sign madness? If people are really voting for whose name they see the most then how ridiculous is that? The signs are annoying and are a great way to pollute the earth while accomplishing nothing at the same time. I plan on voting for the people ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Smaltz has track record as a voice for local government

It is election season again and time for decision making. One of the offices on the ballot this year is state representative. I have had a ringside seat to observe the public life of Ben Smaltz, who is running for re-election to that position. When I first became acquainted with Ben as a County ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The chameleons of election season

We didn’t talk “politics” at our kitchen table growing up, so it took me a while to realize that most politicians were in office for personal gain. Recently, I have developed a keener eye for recognizing Statehouse chameleons who promise one thing then do another. Sen. Travis Holdman ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The issues are taxes, abortion and gun rights

I am writing this letter because it is not newspaper editors or political parties, but informed voters who decide who will serve us at the Statehouse. A recent editorial opined that some Republicans are challenging their own “bona fide” conservative incumbents. So what? Incumbents are ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: None of the above for GOP State Senate race

I note that all three Republican candidates for the Senate race are scrambling to discredit each other. Two in suits and one in “working clothes” According to all three, none of them are qualified to be elected. I know nothing of where they stand on the more important issues.. Cardboard ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: If pro-life is important, Smaltz is the right choice

I am a physician and small-business owner who watches Indiana politics very closely. Though I do not live in his district, I felt compelled to write in support of Ben Smaltz in the 2018 primary. It is uncommon for an accomplished and well respected representative to face a primary challenger. ...