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WRITER: Kerry Hubartt

THE LAST WORD: Golf world will miss Pete Dye’s work

In August, my wife Beth and I drove to the French Lick Resort in southern Indiana, two hours south of Indianapolis, to see the historic domed lobby of the West Baden Springs Hotel and the sites of the sulfur springs there and at the French Lick Springs Hotel. During our weekend stay, we drove around the area looking for what I knew to be a famous golf course designed by Pete Dye, who passed away Thursday at age ...

THE LAST WORD: What do you do if your vehicle plunges into a pond?

We don’t know all the details of the crash on New Year’s Eve in Mishawaka in which a minivan driven by a northern Indiana woman plunged into a retention pond, killing two of her three children. The crash is still under investigation. All we know is that Mishawaka firefighters that afternoon pulled the woman and three children from the fully submerged SUV after it apparently missed a curve on an icy road and ...

THE LAST WORD: Jimmy Stewart’s role in this Christmas film might surprise you

On Christmas evening, some of my family gathered around the TV to watch one of my favorite actors, Jimmy Stewart, in a charming Christmas movie. And it wasn’t “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Many have likely never heard of “Mr. Krueger’s Christmas.” I read about the film in an essay on foxnews.com written by Paul Batura, vice president of communications for Focus on the Family, who said he found the ...

THE LAST WORD: Story of Christmas was predicted centuries before it happened

Who doesn’t know the story of the first Christmas? Even Linus recited Luke 2: 8-14 in the Charlie Brown Christmas special in 1965: And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, ...

THE LAST WORD : Rep. Banks joins colleagues in beseeching attorney general to enforce obscenity laws

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, has boldly voiced his concerns to the United States attorney general about something I and many others consider a grave problem in our nation: He is calling on Attorney General William Barr to prosecute obscenity laws already on the books, and make it a criminal justice priority. In his weekly email last week Rep. Banks explained that “As the father of three young children, I’m ...

THE LAST WORD: Has Chick-fil-A abandoned its principles? Don’t be so sure

Has Chick-fil-A really sold out on the conservatives and Christians who patronize their business and support the company’s supposed stand for traditional marriage? That has been the big question since the fastest-growing fast-food chain in America announced a week ago it would no longer be making charitable donations to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, but would begin directing its ...

THE LAST WORD: The story of Job heightens awareness of those who may be considering suicide

The growing number of suicides in our community and throughout the U.S. leave many victims in their wake, anguishing families and friends haunted by questions without answers: the whys and the what-ifs. Many who contemplate suicide suffer in silence and never talk about it, and the more that happens, the more the epidemic statistics of suicide in our country are likely to increase. While the American ...

The Last Word: Visit to Armstrong Museum triggers memories

I think putting man on the moon has been one of the most incredible achievements in human history — that “one small step for a man” on July 20, 1969, really was “one giant leap for mankind.” Those, of course, were the words of that man who first set foot on the powdery surface of the moon at what became called “Tranquility Base” — Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong from Wapakoneta, Ohio, about ...

THE LAST WORD: Newspaper endorsements designed to help guide voter decisions

While many people are already anticipating next year’s presidential election, we think it isn’t as important to Fort Wayne citizens as this year’s election on Nov. 5. Why? Because the candidates on the ballot are competing for the offices that make a direct impact on the lives of this city’s citizens. They are the ones who can impact public safety, economic development, schools, parking and the overall ...

THE LAST WORD: Addiction plays sad role in ‘Country Music’

I learned some things about country music during the last couple of weeks. And one was that country musicians have a sordid history of lives scarred by addictions to drugs and alcohol. Over the past two weeks, I watched the riveting eight-episode, 16-hour documentary miniseries “Country Music,” produced by Ken Burns and written by Dayton Duncan that premiered on PBS on Sept. 15. The series, which chronicles ...

THE LAST WORD: ‘Overcomer’ is Christian movie with a message: Define your identity

Four years ago I wrote in this column about Christian films following the release of a Kendrick brothers production called “War Room.” I pointed out that an earlier film called “Fireproof” (2008), directed by Alex Kendrick, who co-wrote and co-produced it with his brother Stephen, had ignited a run of films in that genre, including more by the Kendrick brothers. Though produced on modest budgets and ...

The Last Word: University wrong to attack Chick-fil-A

Some University of Kansas faculty members want America’s favorite restaurant removed from campus for being what they call a “bastion of bigotry.” Bigotry means intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself; obstinate or intolerant devotion to one’s own opinions and prejudices. I do not agree that Chick-fil-A, which has three Fort Wayne locations, fits that ...

THE LAST WORD: Line between stripping, swinging hard to distinguish

I’m all for personal freedom and property rights, even if I may disagree with what people do legally in the privacy of their own home or elsewhere. But in the wake of a proposed zoning ordinance and the ensuing debate in Allen County regarding where sexually oriented businesses can locate and what other restrictions are being imposed, I’m struggling to understand the difference between outlawing some ...

Last Word: Former News-Sentinel reporter shares his Woodstock story

Fifty years ago Sunday, the Woodstock music festival came to a close in upstate New York. Billed as a three-day event, “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music,” it was scheduled for Aug. 15-18, 1969, at the 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, N.Y., owned by Max Yasgur. Whatever you may think of the activities that went on there, the event is considered a defining moment in popular music history and ...

The Last Word: Wings of Freedom Tour a walk through WWII aviation history

I live about five miles south of the DeKalb County Airport, as the crow flies. So it’s common for airplanes of various kinds to fly overhead on their way to or from the airfield. Monday I heard an unusually loud rumbling in the sky. As a big fan of airplanes and aviation history, I tend to run outside and see what’s up, literally, when something different may be flying overhead. This time it was a World War ...

The Last Word: Wings of Freedom Tour a walk through WWII aviation history

I live about five miles south of the DeKalb County Airport, as the crow flies. So it’s common for airplanes of various kinds to fly overhead on their way to or from the airfield. Monday I heard an unusually loud rumbling in the sky. As a big fan of airplanes and aviation history, I tend to run outside and see what’s up, literally, when something different may be flying overhead. This time it was a World ...

THE LAST WORD: Planned exhumation of Dillinger’s body revives legend of Hoosier gangster

The news that two relatives of 1930s gangster John Dillinger plan to have his remains exhumed because they have "evidence" the body buried in an Indianapolis cemetery may not be him has resurrected the legend of the infamous bank robber/killer. Good thing or bad, Dillinger has been a subject of fascination and legend in Indiana, and connections to his exploits have been the stuff of stories and conversations ...

THE LAST WORD: Police partnerships with neighborhoods that use doorbell cams can prevent crime

We live in an age of videos that show anything and everything any time and almost anywhere and make life more and more difficult to keep private. People can’t do anything without being recorded, it seems, because someone’s smartphone or a business or stoplight or home doorbell has a camera that will catch them in the act. Police cars and even body cams record the actions of law enforcement officers and the ...

THE LAST WORD: Knight return to Bloomington would be fitting

The storied career of former Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight had a not-so-happy ending when he was fired by IU President Myles Brand in 2000. His long absence from Bloomington and repeated scorning of the university since have been sad and disappointing. But is the self-imposed banishment about to end? Reports say property transfer records filed recently in the Monroe County Assessor’s Office ...

THE LAST WORD: Do you remember where you were when man first landed on the moon?

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the first manned landing of a spacecraft on the moon when Apollo 11 touched down and two astronauts set foot on the lunar surface, first Purdue University alumnus and Commander Neil Armstrong, followed by Buzz Aldrin. It’s one of those events, like the assassination of John F. Kennedy or the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, that sears in our brains where we were and what we were ...