Commentary

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 ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Court’s ruling should spur redistricting reform

When the Supreme Court ruled last month that partisan gerrymandering isn’t an issue for federal courts to police, it cleared the way for states to handle the issue. That’s as it should be. Gerrymandering is the creative drawing of districts to benefit the party in power. Republicans are a ...

GUEST COLUMN: Indiana workers can gain by delaying Social Security benefits

It’s no secret that American workers face a major — and very real — retirement crisis. Wealth inequality and workplace changes have all but kicked-out two of the legs of the traditional retirement stool: pensions and private savings — both of which are at historic ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Ride Safe Indiana helps reduce motorcycle fatalities

While motorcycles are involved in less than 2 percent of all collisions in Indiana, they make up 16 percent of all traffic fatalities. There have been 51 motorcycle fatalities in the state this year, on a par with the 97 last year. And that was down from 136 in 2017. That’s why we think Ride ...

GUEST COLUMN: Book aims to offer strategy to restore a divided America

In American Restoration: How Faith, Family, and Personal Sacrifice Can Heal Our Nation, my co‐author, Craig Osten and I, write that America is at a crossroads. Neighbor is pitted against neighbor. The growth of social media has inflamed the worst instincts in people. We write, “As a nation, ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Pilot program will expand the fight against addiction

Friday’s launch of a pilot program that will put 71 sober living beds in three locations has been called Allen County’s most ambitious effort to fight substance abuse disorder. We have praised Allen County’s aggressive efforts in the past to fight drug addiction, especially the epidemic ...

THE LAST WORD: For me, Betsy Ross flag is no symbol of racism or oppression

What would Betsy Ross say? Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick has complained about special Nike shoes that came out last week with a symbol of the first stars and stripes flag the Philadelphia upholsterer is believed to have sewed in 1776, during the American Revolution. So the sportswear ...

Ordinance restricting businesses with live sex acts appropriate

Allen County’s Commissioners voted last week to implement rules that would prohibit swingers clubs and other businesses involving live sex acts and to require licenses for new sexually oriented businesses. Some may scratch their heads at the move, since there are currently no such businesses ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: A step in the right direction

Another state agency is responding favorably to a need in Fort Wayne that we brought up in a June 20 editorial. Recent violent incidents on public streets and in public places flew in the face of Mayor Henry’s April news conference in which he praised a significant decrease in crime in the ...