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NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Now’s a good time to be counted in the 2020 Census

Invitations to participate in the 2020 Census were mailed this month with reminder letters delivered this week. It’s vitally important that we all respond as soon as possible. The official deadline is April 1. The United States Census Bureau says in its mailing that it needs your help to ...

McMahan right to stop in-person church services

Give Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan a break. Some local and state officials are accusing the head of the Allen County Board of Health of attacking the rights of area churches to practice their religious freedoms. McMahan issued an order last week closing the county’s ...

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 ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Coronavirus focus has to remain on present, for now

Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, stated last week the United States should force China to “pay the burden and the costs incurred” by the U.S. due to the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, the capital city of the Hubei province in that country. Banks may be right, but we don’t think now is the ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Good neighbors don’t buy more than they need

The hoarding of groceries and other products, such as toilet paper, has become an unnecessary problem. And it’s up to all of us during the COVID-19 pandemic to use common sense and unselfishness. The nation’s irrational rush to overbuy supplies, both necessary and ludicrously unnecessary, ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Millennials are key to stopping COVID-19 spread

The warnings have been there all along, but they keep getting sterner and more specific: Practice social distancing to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus throughout the U.S. But the warnings have not been taken seriously, and there is not enough consistency in what steps are ...

THE LAST WORD: Could coronavirus fears affect NCAA tourney?

An Associated Press story last week began with the following words: “Imagine an NCAA Tournament with no fans in the arenas.” That seemingly ridiculous possibility has been posited as a result of the coronavirus that has afflicted more than 92,000 people and killed 3,300 worldwide, mostly ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Public has chance to weigh in on key FWCS issues

May will be an important month for Fort Wayne Community Schools. For one thing, the May 5 primary election will include a referendum on “Repair FWCS,” a plan to renovate the district’s schools by beginning the third phase of the project. And while that result will impact a number of ...

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 ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Prepare to change driving and phone habits

Indiana drivers will need to change their ways in July when a law is expected to take effect cracking down on cell phone use while driving. The Indiana Senate last week joined the House in approving House Bill 1070 that prohibits drivers from having a phone in hand while driving their ...