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Letter to the Editor: Credit to Highway Department

A big thanks goes out to the Allen County Highway Department north barn for addressing the problem of accidents on Washington Center Road. After 2 accidents in less than 6 days where O’day Road crosses Washington Center, they installed stop signs 500 feet back with large signs under them that ...

News-Sentinel Editorial: Vaping policies require balanced approach

A Columbia City family physician is urging Indiana lawmakers to levy a tax on vaping liquids to discourage the use of electronic cigarettes overall in the wake of recent illnesses of users reported across the country. We think federal regulations on the ingredients in vaping products should be ...

Letter to the Editor: Support Hays in District 4

I have been a leader in Republican politics for many years. I have managed a Congressional campaign, worked on Mike Braun’s senatorial campaign, was on the press corps for President Trump’s visit to Fort Wayne, and been a member of the National Honor Guard at the Republican National ...

Letter to the Editor: Re-elect Tom Freistroffer

Four years ago Tom Freistroffer sought and won his first term as an at large member of the Fort Wayne City Council. In those four years, Tom has proven himself to be a representative of the people in the city of Fort Wayne. He does not have a personal agenda. He came onto the council pledging ...

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 ...

Letter to Editor: Betrayal of Kurdish allies is heart-wrenching to watch

I am horrified and heartsick at the deplorable betrayal of our allies, the Kurds, who bravely fought ISIS alongside our own troops, at the hand of Donald Trump. My oldest son, Nick Conner, served multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and returned with, in addition to four Bronze Stars, a ...

News-Sentinel Editorial: Experience makes Paddock best choice in District 5

Geoff Paddock has been a positive influence in Fort Wayne’s 5th District since first being elected to the City Council in 2011, and News-Sentinel.com believes he deserves to stay in that office for a third term. Paddock, executive director of Headwaters Park Alliance, proudly touts his part ...

News-Sentinel Editorial: Arp brings needed perspective to City Council

District 4 City Councilman Jason Arp has been tagged by some, including his opponent in the Nov. 5 election, as an obstructionist who is automatically pre-disposed to vote against Council initiatives. We view Arp as a thinker who represents an important voice on Council — one that adheres to ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Voters should re-elect Didier in District 3

Does anyone remember when Tom Didier beat now-Mayor Tom Henry by 141 votes in the 3rd District City Council race 16 years ago? That was Didier’s first of four consecutive terms on the council, and News-Sentinel.com is endorsing him for a fifth term in the Nov. 5 election. Didier was ...

GUEST COLUMN: Author: City Hall key opponent to Electric Works

Kevin Leininger’s column on Tuesday questions the credibility of Turning Rust to Gold without successfully contradicting any of its facts. Instead, he focuses on a presumed struggle over who gets credit for developments in Fort Wayne. Let’s try a fact-based approach to the main project ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Keesling the best choice for city clerk

Republican Lana Keesling has brought much-needed change to the Fort Wayne City Clerk’s office, and voters should reward her with another term. Keesling faces Democrat Katie Zuber in the Nov. 5 election. Keesling was a political newcomer when she was elected in 2015. But she wasn’t a ...

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 ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Tim Smith is best choice for mayor

Elections often come down to a choice between staying the course or gambling on change. So it is in Fort Wayne’s mayoral race: Do voters give Democrat Tom Henry a fourth term or take a chance on Republican Tim Smith, a proven business leader with scant political experience? Our judgment is ...

NEWS-SENTINEL GUEST COLUMN: ‘Joker’ is Hollywood at its worst

A couple of years ago, there was a TV drama series titled The Following. It starred Kevin Bacon as an FBI agent who tracks a serial killer. A common enough theme in the cinema these days, but this show had several twists. First, the serial killer played by James Purifoy is a college professor ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Take the threat of flu seriously; get your shots soon

If someone asks if you’ve had your flu shot, make sure you can say yes. Indiana Health Commissioner Kris Box says Hoosiers should get their flu shots soon due to flu cases already appearing around the state. Box said this week that Indiana residents should “take steps quickly to protect ...