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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 ...

Editorial: Weather wreaks havoc on Indiana farmers

By the beginning of June the nation had experienced the wettest 12-month period in recorded history with rainfall more than six inches above average. And farmers across the country were taking a hit. A June 15 News-Sentinel.com editorial reported an average of 36.2 inches of rain fell on ...

Editorial: Survey on weather sirens can help determine future needs

What do you do when you hear a tornado siren in your area? The joint Fort Wayne-Allen County outdoor warning siren system is activated when a tornado warning is issued for any part of the county. When you hear the outdoor emergency warning sirens, according to the Allen County Office of ...

Editorial: Evidence mounting that smoking age should be raised

E-cigarettes were supposed to be an alternative to tobacco, a means to help people stop smoking. But any benefits have been eclipsed by nationwide concern over the negative effects of “vaping” on young people. That concern has been compounded by new developments in Wisconsin and Illinois ...

Flag honors dentist’s volunteer service to military personnel

You may have certain expectations as to what you might see when you enter your dentist’s office, but a beautifully framed full-sized American flag might not be on the list. But that is exactly what you will see in the offices of Gebfert-Park Family Dentistry. Of course there is a story ...

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 ...

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 ...

Editorial: Chief Justice Rush deserves another term

Loretta Rush, Indiana’s first female chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, faces a vote this month to be reappointed to a second term. Chief justice appointments occur every five years. News-Sentinel.com believes Indiana’s Judicial Nominating Commission should approve her ...

Editorial: Grant to help Fort Wayne with school bus safety

News-Sentinel.com praised the Indiana Legislature earlier this year for passing Senate Bill 2, which raises penalties for violators who ignore school bus stop arms and gives schools the option to conduct referendums for funding to pay for stop-arm cameras. But the fact is, it takes extra work ...

Editorial: New rape kit law the right step for Indiana

When someone is sexually assaulted in the U.S. — and that happens every minute and a half — the victim may undergo a forensic examination soon afterward to collect evidence in what is commonly known as a rape kit, which can be used to bring the perpetrator to justice. Statistics show that ...

Letter to the Editor: Democrats obstruct progress on border

Hobbies are great things. They take your mind off the drudgery of all those annoying, bothersome, daily duties. For Democrats in Congress that would include things like identifying problems, writing laws and allocating monies to fix those problems. But the Democrat clique has found a new hobby: ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Be cautious and alert to pervasive scammers

You’ve just been scammed. Or maybe you think you have. What do you do? The answer is, do something. Don’t ignore it. Don’t be embarrassed about it. We’ve all been there — or if we haven’t, we will be. Today, scams of all kinds and through all means are rampant — maybe ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Coats served honorably, spoke truth to power

One year ago, we wrote here saying former Fort Wayne resident Dan Coats was between a rock and a hard place as President Trump’s national security director. With Coats under fire, we expressed our desire that he keep his job. “We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in ...