Commentary

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Population growth is good for region

The most recent data from the US Census Bureau offers reasons for optimism in Northeast Indiana. The latest census number for July 1, 2018 show that the Fort Wayne metro area is growing faster than most of the state. Since the last census in 2018, Allen County has added more than 20,000 ...

GUEST COLUMN: Please, just fix the potholes

You’ve all heard the complaint. “If America can put a man on the moon, why can’t it . . . cure the common cold, or develop a long-lasting battery, or stop spending more than it takes in, or (fill in your favorite frustration)?” My current, less sweeping, version of that lament is: ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: State’s K-12 spending plan is on target

The state budget deal seems a fair compromise that significantly increases funding for public schools, even if it doesn’t fund teacher pay at the rate teachers had hoped. The budget provides for a 2.5-percent increase in K-12 spending each of the next two years. It expands funding for ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL Superintendent of schools should be appointed

Whenever we have discussions about education in Indiana, it’s easy to take sides because of whatever it is that we most firmly believe in for the betterment of our children as well as our teachers. Governors and legislators can’t please everyone in the direction they may take regarding ...

GUEST COLUMN: Republican council kept promise on debt

Campaigning politicians and their political parties routinely make big promises that they hope voters forget the next election cycle. Four years ago, the voters entrusted Republicans with a supermajority of the city council. At the first meeting, we publicly challenged ourselves to leave the ...

News-Sentinel Editorial: Bridge tax an example of city, county inefficiency

It’s disappointing that the city of Fort Wayne and Allen County can’t cooperate better on maintaining the county’s bridges. It’s an example of the kind of bureaucratic inefficiency that should really frustrate taxpayers, particularly those living in Fort Wayne. Allen County is looking ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL Take time to research and vote in municipal primaries

Early voting is underway for the May 7 municipal primaries. There are competitive races for Fort Wayne City Council in both the Democratic and Republican primaries. Primaries often do not attract the same level of interest that general elections do. Yet this election will play a key role in ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: School bus bill should be approved

Legislation that would add safety requirements to school buses and stiffen the penalties for illegally passing a school bus in Indiana should be approved. Senate Bill 2, the so-called MAX Strong bill, would increase the penalty for illegally passing a school bus from a Class A infraction to a ...

News-Sentinel Editorial: Higher education report reveals concerning trends

The Indiana Commission on Higher Education released its 2019 College Readiness Report Tuesday, revealing that Hoosier high school graduates are more prepared for post-secondary education than ever before. That was the good news. The report also identified troubling trends including widening ...

News-Sentinel Editorial:” Hate crime bill moves state in right direction

The hate crime bill approved by the state Senate on Tuesday and expected to be signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb appropriately addresses bias-motivated crimes and accomplishes the goal of underscoring that Indiana is welcoming to all. Indiana is just one of five states — the others are Arkansas, ...

News-Sentinel Editorial: Weeding is fundamental for modern libraries

The Allen County Public Library isn’t the first library to confront public outrage over the practice of weeding. Far from it. In Berkeley, California, protesters staged an attempt to get patrons to check out the maximum number of books to save them from weeding. The Urbana, Illinois, ...