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NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Retiring McMahan leaves lasting health legacy

In the past 20 years in Allen County many serious health issues have posed challenges. And Health Commissioner Deborah McMahan, M.D., has led the charge in each battle in her role with the Allen County Department of Health. At the Allen County Executive Board of Health meeting at Citizens ...

THE LAST WORD: Basketball fights inexcusable, now and in 1972

The story of the week in men’s college sports was Tuesday’s basketball brawl at the Kansas State-Kansas game at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan., home court of the Jayhawks, who won the game easily, 80-61. The incident began when, with just seconds on the clock and the game out of ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Teacher pay pushed off until 2021

Gov. Eric Holcomb teased prior to his State of the State address last week that he would announce something special about teacher pay in Indiana, a huge issue brought to a head at November’s Red for Ed Day, when thousands of Hoosier teachers showed up at the Statehouse to make their case for ...

THE LAST WORD: Graham is Indiana’s new poet laureate

A small news item out of Evansville recently announced the naming of the new Indiana state poet laureate. When I think of the term “poet laureate,” I think of Robert Frost, who had the title of United States Poet Laureate in 1958 and 1959, when I was a young boy and had already become ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Bill seeks to ensure fairness in girls’ sports

The premise is that female sports are endangered because of the new reality that females may be forced to compete against biological males who claim to be female — an unfair biological advantage. A House bill introduced by Rep. Christy Stutzman, R-49 (wife of former 3rd District Congressman ...

THE LAST WORD: Golf world will miss Pete Dye’s work

In August, my wife Beth and I drove to the French Lick Resort in southern Indiana, two hours south of Indianapolis, to see the historic domed lobby of the West Baden Springs Hotel and the sites of the sulfur springs there and at the French Lick Springs Hotel. During our weekend stay, we drove ...

NEWS-SENTINEL GUEST COLUMN: President Trump’s Iran strategy working

As someone who has deployed to foreign soil, I know how important it is to have a commander in chief that has your back. President Trump has communicated in the last few days to Americans across the world: “I have your back.” Americans are safer today because Iran’s Gen. Qassem ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Will governor act on teacher pay sooner?

Is Gov. Eric Holcomb changing his tune on the urgency of increasing teachers’ pay? More than a month ago Holcomb said that while he supported getting the state’s teachers to salary levels that ranked in the top three in the Midwest, that teacher pay couldn’t be addressed in the 2020 ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Strike on Iran general was justified, necessary

The reaction was immediate and hostile by Democrats following President Trump’s authorization of a drone airstrike that killed Iran’s top military leader, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a terrorist responsible for the deaths of American troops fighting in the Middle East. Fort Wayne was the ...

THE LAST WORD: What do you do if your vehicle plunges into a pond?

We don’t know all the details of the crash on New Year’s Eve in Mishawaka in which a minivan driven by a northern Indiana woman plunged into a retention pond, killing two of her three children. The crash is still under investigation. All we know is that Mishawaka firefighters that ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: New baby boxes are welcome additions

In November News-Sentinel.com wrote about a new Safe Haven Baby Box being added in Angola that allows people to anonymously leave newborns in hospitals and fire stations. That increased the number of baby boxes in the state to 16 at that time. We also pointed out that Allen County had only one ...

THE LAST WORD: Jimmy Stewart’s role in this Christmas film might surprise you

On Christmas evening, some of my family gathered around the TV to watch one of my favorite actors, Jimmy Stewart, in a charming Christmas movie. And it wasn’t “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Many have likely never heard of “Mr. Krueger’s Christmas.” I read about the film in an essay on ...