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WRITER: Kerry Hubartt

THE LAST WORD: Film documents origin of jump shot

I found out just in time about a new movie that had originally been intended to come out in theaters this month, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic had been sidelined. So it was available for rental in an online premier just for the weekend. Being a fan of basketball and its history, I watched the film, “Jump Shot, the Kenny Sailors Story,” a documentary from executive producer Steph Curry, an ...

THE LAST WORD: Home schooling during coronavirus pandemic presents new challenges

Having kids at home instead of in school for the past several weeks — and likely several more ahead — has created a heretofore unprecedented dilemma regarding how to continue their education while waiting out the COVID-19 coronavirus during Indiana’s stay-at-home order. Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed an executive order requiring K-12 school buildings to remain closed for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. ...

THE LAST WORD: Evangelicals not to blame for COVID-19

“The Road to Coronavirus Hell Was Paved by Evangelicals” — seriously? That was the headline on the March 27, 1,387-word op-ed piece in The New York Times, written by Katherine Stewart. Her column has received, and deserves, scathing rebuttals. Stewart, author of “The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism,” and “The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth ...

THE LAST WORD: Like polio, COVID-19 is an unseen enemy

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of many diseases that have threatened world-wide health over the years, but it’s the first since polio in the 1950s that has struck as much fear in the general public. Both the coronavirus and polio have occurred in my lifetime and the two have had an ironic twist: In the 1950s our parents were worried for their kids, like me. Now it’s the kids who are worried about their ...

THE LAST WORD: We all have to do our part to beat virus

Is this all too much to ask to save lives and stop a pandemic? When our government officials give orders, make suggestions and list guidelines for us all to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, do we take them seriously? Or do we just go on with our daily lives the way we had been before? After all, daily life in America (and much of the rest of the world) is simply not like it was before. ...

THE LAST WORD: Ten Commandments may be religious, but they set standard of good conduct for all people

The Ten Commandments have been belittled, besmirched and even banned from public property in the United States as religious and therefore needing to be separated from perceived endorsement by the state. But the truth is, the laws written in tablets of stone by the finger of God on Mount Sinai in the presence of Moses, according to the Bible, have formed the very bedrock of the laws of nations throughout the ...

THE LAST WORD: Remastered footage brings real ‘Hoosiers’ to life

I watched the entire 1954 Indiana high school basketball boys state championship game on my iPad last week, thanks to an enhanced version of the grainy original film made 66 years ago. What’s more, the remastered video included audio play-by-play throughout. I had seen parts of the game in fuzzy images without sound at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in New Castle, but the original film from that game ...

THE LAST WORD: Important to limit screen time

My wife and I spend as much time as we can with our grandchildren — some more than others in order to help out where most needed in child care and transportation. Whenever we are “in charge” of those precious lives, we are constantly aware of the influences they face each day, including (and especially) the omnipresence of technological devices. We try, sometimes not aggressively enough, to ...

THE LAST WORD: Knight’s return to IU touches many

Former Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight’s return to what is now called Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for the game against Purdue on Feb. 8 was an event that deeply moved many people emotionally associated with Hoosier basketball. It moved me. And my association is not nearly as deep as those who played and coached under Knight through his 29 years in Bloomington. Knight became coach of the ...

THE LAST WORD: ‘Just Mercy’ elicits anger, but also hope

How many times have we read about some prisoner who has been on death row for years being exonerated due to new evidence or DNA tests that overturn a false conviction? A film I saw recently tells the true story of such a case. “Just Mercy” is based on the memoir of the same name written by defense attorney Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson, played by Michael B. Jordan in the film, was a young Harvard Law School ...

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 ...