WRITER: Kerry Hubartt

THE LAST WORD: Dick Florea, ‘Fort Wayne’s Walter Cronkite,’ inducted into Journalism Hall of Fame

Long-time television newsman Richard (Dick) Florea has been called Fort Wayne’s Walter Cronkite. Cronkite was called “the most trusted man in America” during the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s. Florea’s heyday, likewise, was in the same two decades during which viewers of Fort Wayne’s No. 1 television news provider looked to him in the same way. While Florea shrugs off any comparison to ...

THE LAST WORD: Internet myths not worth worrying about

Read carefully: This column is not intended to perpetuate a viral internet hoax. It is meant to dispel it. The social media hoax is called “Momo,” which has popped up in conversations among children in our schools and prompted concerns among their parents. But it’s not real, and there really isn’t anything to worry about. Unfortunately, something like this can become more than it is through curiosity, ...

THE LAST WORD: Resurgence of measles makes strong case against anti-vaccination sentiment

Because of vaccines, measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000. Vaccinations against diseases are considered one of the greatest public health achievements in history. All 50 states have enacted compulsory childhood vaccination laws to stop the spread of preventable diseases. The medical, social and economic benefits, they realized, far outweigh the unavoidable risks of vaccinations. So why have more ...

THE LAST WORD: Dachau liberated on this date in 1945 — let’s never forget Holocaust!

Today marks a significant milestone in what should be a concerted, ongoing effort to preserve the account of one of the worst blights on human history — the Holocaust. It was on April 29, 1945, that the U.S. 7th Army’s 45th Infantry Division liberated the first German Nazi concentration camp, Dachau. On the same day, a major satellite camp of Dachau was also liberated by the 42nd Rainbow Division. Dachau ...

THE LAST WORD: Souder article details history of professional baseball in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne is a baseball town. It’s the home of the TinCaps, the National League San Diego Padres’ Class A affiliate in the Midwest League since 2009. From 1999-2008 the team was called the Wizards, a carryover from its previous Midwest League affiliation to the American League’s Minnesota Twins from 1993-1998. The team’s name changed when it moved from Memorial Stadium to Parkview Field in ...

THE LAST WORD: Can you pass test Kruse wants to require of high schoolers?

Indiana’s Republican state senator from Auburn, Dennis Kruse, has pushed a bill for several years that would require Hoosier high school students to pass the same basic history and civics examination we require all new citizens to pass. Senate Bill 132 unanimously passed through the House Committee on Education Wednesday. The legislation passed the Senate in January. The bill will now move to the full House ...

KERRY HUBARTT: Caution, common sense can help you avoid danger of 'road rage'

The death of a Fort Wayne man Wednesday due to possible road rage highlights the fact drivers today should totally avoid confrontations on the nation’s thoroughfares. Drivers need to exhibit self-control so they do not confront and escalate problems with other drivers. We never know when someone who is aggressive enough to exhibit signs of road rage would be out of control enough to cause us physical harm. ...

KERRY HUBARTT: Supreme Court ruling was critically important for future

The fact five of nine justices on the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down California’s “Reproductive FACT Act” that ordered pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to promote the one thing they’re trying to discourage — abortion — is a clear testament to how important it was to vote for Donald Trump in the 2016 election. And that is all the more clear now that Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced ...

KERRY HUBARTT: Active shooter video game is sickening twist to real issue

When I read about a new video game going on the market recently called “Active Shooter” that lets the player go through a school and randomly murder people, I, among many others, was appalled My reaction to the violent “SWAT simulator” isn’t about whether such video games lead to real-life violent actions. This game is just blatantly and sickeningly wrong. And it was good to see The Associated Press ...

LAST WORD: Trump's decision to block JFK assassination files only fuels conspiracy fires

Thursday was the day scheduled 25 years ago when a collection of more than 3,100 records on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy that have never been seen by the public were to finally be released. But President Donald Trump, who previously indicated he would unveil them all, has yielded to appeals from the CIA and FBI by blocking the release of hundreds of those files. To me, that only lends support ...

LAST WORD: The man behind ‘taking a knee’ writes open letter to America

Former Green Beret Nate Boyer got angry when he watched a televised San Francisco 49ers game last year and saw Colin Kaepernick sitting on the sidelines during the national anthem. Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback, was protesting what he considered the oppression of African Americans in this country, especially by police officers. But what it meant to Boyer, himself a former Seattle Seahawks and ...