Commentary

BEN SHAPIRO: A New Kind of Gridlock

When the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution of the United States, they feared the possibility of partisanship overtaking rights-based government. To that end, they crafted a system of checks and balances designed to pit interest against interest, promoting gridlock over radical change. The ...

KERRY HUBARTT: From ‘gun control’ to a repeal of the 2nd Amendment?

In grief and outrage over school shootings, the blame repeatedly gets placed on the firearms used. And in needing a human face at which to shout, those wanting to rid the country of guns blame the National Rifle Association for the crimes committed with their use. Last weekend’s “March for ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: American’s should work for peace, not a parade

There is criticism of President Trump’s military parade idea from the left and right. People believe it would be a waste of money. Considering how much of life is zen, it might be a good thing. We spend about $1 trillion a year on our military and war. What is $10 or even $20 million if it ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Courage to end abortion

My favorite childhood movie was the Wizard of Oz. I recall the soliloquy of the Cowardly Lion who traveled to Oz in search of courage. What makes a king out of a slave? What makes the flag on the mast to wave? What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Legislature needs to look into gerrymandering

According to Citizens for Fair Elections, “On the state legislative level, Republicans received ~58% of the votes in Indiana in the 2016 elections. Yet, they hold 82% of the State Senate seats and 70% of the State House seats. Interestingly enough, Republicans also controlled the process ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We should hold our churches up to scrutiny

At times each individual must evaluate where they attend church to see if its time for a change. Here are some questions to ask in your mind the next time you attend church. Does the church I attend: • Offer and encourage small group study at and away from the church building, where ...

MARK FRANKE: Local retiree laments the death of ‘real’ barbershops

It’s great to be a retired senior citizen. I have plenty of time to spend on my favorite hobby — grousing. Of course, the world has descended to perdition during my lifetime. I’ve got a list of things that have been ruined, eliminated or forgotten by the succeeding generations, all in ...

LEONARD PITTS JR.: Balancing gun rights with common-sense restrictions

So there you are, cowering under your desk. From the hallway, you hear the pop! pop! pop! of gunfire, along with the shrieks of the terrified and moans of the dying. The good guy with a gun? Maybe he's crouched outside the building. Maybe he's dead in the break room. Whichever, he's not there. ...

MICHELLE MALKIN: The Snitches in Your Kids’ Dental Office

How sharper than a serpent's tooth to have a despotic pediatric dentist. Parents who decide, for whatever reason, that they don't like their children's oral care provider should be forewarned. Empowered by government "mandatory reporter" laws, dental offices are now using their authority to ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Study says 7 in 10 drivers are using smartphones

With spring break upon us, young people will be on the roads en masse to celebrate freedom from school and responsibility. One responsibility we must insist they maintain, however, is driving while not distracted. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported that a virtual reality simulator was ...

MICHAEL HICKS: Schools need bolder action than proposed safety funding

Plenty has been written about the Great Legislative Meltdown of 2018. I will only add that the state GOP seems to be unburdening itself from the vexing demands of a supermajority, while the superminority has no real plan to spare them that affliction. Sadly, the outline for the May special ...

ANDREW QUINLAN: Here are all the ways higher gas tax would fail to deliver

There’s talk of raising the federal gas tax by as much as 25 cents per gallon, and a lot of different groups are seeing something appealing in the proposed hike: politicians see a revenue raiser to pay for new infrastructure spending, environmentalists see an excise tax to discourage the ...

LEO MORRIS: Indiana legislature grapples with sex education ‘opt out’

Let’s hear a faint word of encouragement for “family values,” that concept heaped with so much derisive scorn by too many liberals and showered with so much empty praise by too many conservatives. These values are weaker than ever at a time when we need them to be stronger than ever. I ...

BENJAMIN SCAFIDI: Expand freedom, choice at all levels of government policy

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — a phrase so commonplace in American society that it doesn’t need attribution. However, while invoked often, Americans rarely think about what the phrase actually means and how to apply it faithfully to federal, state and local public policy. On ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Weekend march should bring conversation

The national “March for Our Lives” in Washington, D.C., and around the nation Saturday, including Fort Wayne, showed our young people are clearly upset about the senseless loss of lives through school shootings and want something to be done about it. USA Today reported there were more than ...

WAYNE DOENGES: Insulted supporters of the NRA and gun rights fight back

I’ve had enough! I am a Korean War veteran. I am a member of the NRA. I have been teaching gun safety and responsibility for over 60 years. I served as a city councilman and have been active in community affairs for over 30 years. I am a recipient of The Sagamore of the Wabash. I have been ...