Commentary

Leo Morris, NS Editorial Page Editor

LEO MORRIS: It’s time to rise up for offended sports and arts patrons

“How can we know the dancer from the dance?” That sentence has been stuck in my head for as long as I can remember. By making it the last line of his great “Among School Children,” William Butler Yeats was summarizing his belief and the theme of the poem that we cannot understand a ...

Michelle Obama scheduled to speak at Indianapolis event

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to visit Indianapolis for an event hosted by the Women's Fund of Central Indiana. "A Moderated Conversation with Former First Lady Michelle Obama" is planned for Feb. 13 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Women's Fund hopes to ...

Fiery semitrailer crash shuts down I-65 in southern Indiana

SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) — Authorities have shut down both lanes of Interstate 65 in southern Indiana after a fiery crash involving three semitrailers spilled hazardous chemicals and prompted evacuations. Indiana Stata Police say the crash occurred about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday about 40 miles north ...

House, Senate committees take up Sunday booze sales bills

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana House and Senate committees are taking up legislation to end the state's ban on Sunday carryout alcohol sales. The House Public Policy committee heard testimony Wednesday morning, but did not take a vote on the measure. The Senate Public Policy committee was ...

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ASK DAVE RAMSEY: Mortgage ratios

Dear Dave, Do you have a guideline ratio for mortgage debt to income? — Levon Dear Levon, When it comes to buying a home, I always tell people to get a 15-year, fixed rate mortgage, with monthly payments that are no more than 25 percent of their take home pay. This type of mortgage is the ...

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BETTY STEIN: Picking your favorite movies is easy, how about your worst?

So in addition to the list of books one should read before going to college, there was another list, too, in the drawer I was cleaning out. This one was of "the bottom 100 movies as voted by YOU!" It went on to say that each title included had received 50 or more votes." Intriguing. I took a ...

ROBERT KELLY: Poetry aficionado reflects on past works that marked him

Speaking of books; more specifically, words written on a paper page, words printed on an electric screen, words inscribed on one’s own memory, words of heft and power: The words of poetry. My first recognition of poetry — and, in time, poets — came with the living room recitation of ...

Kerry Hubartt

KERRY HUBARTT: Honestly, I think the study on swearing is, well, crap

So, the more a person uses profanity, the more honest they are? Really? That’s the conclusion of a study published in the Social Psychological and Personality Science journal in 2017 that I found in a Facebook post this week from an article on Indy100.com, a British news site launched by ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Human worth is based on being made in God’s image

In what way are we made in God’s image? God obviously did not create us exactly like himself because God has no physical body. Instead, we are reflections of God’s glory. Some feel that our reason, creativity, speech or self-determination is the image of God. More likely, it is our entire ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Christmas is losing its true meaning

My wife went to get a few Christmas cards today and ended up crying. Going to three stores, she found many Christmas cards, but she was unable to find any Christmas cards, even in the “religious section,” with a clear message of what Christmas is all about: the birth of Jesus, the Savior of ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Indiana can do better than Joe Donnelly

Indiana, it’s time for Senator Joe Donnelly to go. Joe Donnelly has a very poor voting record. He is not working with the president and he is not representing Indiana values.He is a obstructionist. Leaving a representative in office who is not doing a good job for the people is never a good ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We should force our legislators to protect life

Politicians love to brag. One of their favorite lines to pro-lifers is, “Since I’ve been in office, the abortion rate in Indiana has been on the decline.” This is to make you think the legislators you helped vote into office are actually doing their jobs. After all, we are the ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sanctuary cities should be viewed as dangerous

President Trump was on TV explaining how dangerous these sanctuary cities are and he is absolutely right. Too many violent criminals are allowed to go free because of Democrats and liberals ignoring the law. President Trump is trying to fix it, but the liberal cities are ignoring him. This is ...

Hadley Heath Manning

HADLEY HEATH MANNING: #MeToo isn’t the right answer to sexual misconduct

This fall the #MeToo movement sought to highlight the ubiquity of sexual mistreatment by encouraging victims, mostly women, to speak up. Some women shared harrowing accounts of violent assault. Others recounted workplace harassment or unfairness. Still others, perhaps unready to share details ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: We can’t afford to lose the opioid fight

“The stories are gut-wrenching,” Gov. Eric Holcomb wrote in an op-ed for the Indianapolis Star in September: “babies born addicted to drugs; high school athletes who get hooked on the pills they’re prescribed for sports injuries; elderly Hoosiers with chronic pain problems. They come ...

Michael Hicks, director of the Bureau of Business Research at Ball State University

MICHAEL HICKS: Hypocrisy About Tax Reform a Bipartisan Matter

There’s nothing like a significant piece of legislation to shed light on the hypocrisy of many who make claims about tax policy. Just nine years ago, the entire Democratic Party made claims in unison about the benefits of fiscal stimulus and a large tax cut, while the GOP voted in lock step ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Redistricting reform in Indiana

The Republican majority had a chance during its last legislative session of 2017 to pass redistricting reform in Indiana to take politics out of the process and turn it over to a citizens committee. In the next session of the General Assembly, which begins Wednesday, they have a chance to try ...