Commentary

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Trash needed city’s attention

When it comes to issues that really matter to the average citizen of a city like Fort Wayne, trash collection has to be near the top. So you would assume that our officials would take such an issue seriously to make constituents happy. But the history of the city’s contract with Red River ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Froma Harrop’s column about high heels is spot on

I hope everyone read Froma Harrop’s excellent column on page 5A (the News-Sentinel page) of the Saturday edition. I have held for many years that high heels are an unmitigated evil, not as much because they imply vanity, but primarily because they wreak havoc on the bodies of the women who ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Electoral College votes should be proportioned

Oregon has become the 15th state to give its electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote. This is exactly what the small state representatives did not want to occur when drafting the U.S. Constitution — allow large states with larger numbers of voters to control the government. If ...

THE LAST WORD: We need to educate public, enforce law to stop littering

I’m sure I have many faults, but littering is not one of them. I know my parents did not approve of littering, and somehow they ingrained in my conscience not to toss anything on the ground any time, anywhere — not a gum wrapper, a tissue, anything. I will not litter. But it’s clear ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Action needed to curb smoking among youth

Last month we touted Indiana Sen. Todd Young’s introduction of a bipartisan bill that would prohibit the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21. A similar measure was, unfortunately, bypassed by the Indiana Legislature this spring along with other ...

BSU quality of life study offers good insights

A new report from the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University updates the quality of life rankings for every Indiana county. And Allen County fares pretty well, much as it did when the Community Asset Inventory and Rankings first came out in 2012. But the results ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Incidents underscore need for public safety debate

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry called a press conference back in April to tout what he called a significant decrease in crime in the first quarter of 2019. “As you can see by the statistics that have become available in the first quarter of 2019, crime has dropped significantly in the city of ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Area farmers need the sun to shine

Farmers throughout the area were back in the fields the last two weeks whenever they could find dry ground. Some got stuck in the mud. Many are struggling to pay their bills. But indications are that Indiana farmers have made some progress after incessant spring rains kept them way behind ...

New teacher licensing requirement is ill conceived

Indiana teachers were not happy about the state Legislature’s changes this spring in the rules for how they must renew their professional licenses. As a result, thousands have been hurrying to begin the process before those new rules take effect July 1. Why? Because if they do most won’t ...

GUEST COLUMN: Fort Wayne’s garbage service remains inconsistent

Back in January of 2018, the media reported that concerns were being reported with the new agency the city of Fort Wayne had contracted for garbage and re-cycle pickup. It seemed that Red River Waste Solutions was not living up to the expectations promised by the mayor’s Office when the ...

THE LAST WORD: Ernie Pyle’s reporting brought D-Day to life

What I like about reading good fiction is that the best authors create stories that put you into the book — description, voice, emotion and all the senses combine to make you experience what you read. In my career as a journalist I sought, not always successfully, to try to bring my ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Auburn vote was a missed opportunity

I consider myself a new resident of DeKalb County (3 years), but because of my job and relationships, I feel I’ve been a part of the Auburn area for more than 20 years. During my short time being an official community member, I was amazed at the energy that was pouring into the ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: As a mayoral candidate, Tim Smith brings needed vision

Dickens wrote, “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” It always is. In a world defined by amazing smart devices, some of us are old enough to remember when the primary purpose of our phone was to talk to other people. I am not sure which time deserves more “likes”. As ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Immigration has positive impact on area economy

Fort Wayne’s festival season, which began last weekend, includes a series of celebrations of immigration — Arab Fest, Germanfest, Greekfest — in which people in our community share the cultures, customs and cuisines of the countries from which they originated. Our city has always ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Get educated about eating disorders

Nearly 30 million people in the United States are victimized by an eating disorder. Only one in 10 people seek treatment. Most people that are struggling with an eating disorder find it hard to discuss that they have these issues. Eating disorder is a mental illness. Like any other mental ...