Commentary

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Everyone is missing the obvious Even if Kavanaugh did grope a girl, at the age of 15 he was a juvenile! Juvenile thieves and murderers have their records purged at the age of 18. A clumsy boy discovering girls can't hold a candle to the horrible crimes that liberals say MUST be forgiven ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: It’s time for some positive news

So let’s focus on some positive news for a change: A report released last week by the Indiana Department of Child Services shows fatalities from child neglect and abuse fell significantly during the 2016 fiscal year. There were 77 such fatalities during the 12 months ending on June 30, ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Catholic Church should stand up and say enough

Who can begin to comprehend the damage done by Catholic priests who have sexually abused children for decades in this country and around the world? A single incident should be immediately reported, prosecuted and held up as a warning from the Church to all priests that nothing so egregious ...

GUEST COLUMN: Favorite Beatle was a complex, controversial person

I was in fifth grade when Beatlemania erupted in America. It’s hard now to describe what an experience that was. The pandemonium, the screaming girls, the change in how people began to view fashion and of course the music. It seemed everyone had a favorite Beatle and I was no different. I ...

KERRY HUBARTT COLUMN: E-cigarettes, vaping, more prevalent among teens

We’ve all seen the emergence of “vapes” stores throughout Fort Wayne. However, the advent of electronic cigarettes, which came about as an alternative to regular cigarettes and a means to help smokers kick the habit, has not convinced me of their value to society. I don’t believe I ...

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 ...