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NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Be cautious and alert to pervasive scammers

You’ve just been scammed. Or maybe you think you have. What do you do? The answer is, do something. Don’t ignore it. Don’t be embarrassed about it. We’ve all been there — or if we haven’t, we will be. Today, scams of all kinds and through all means are rampant — maybe ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Coats served honorably, spoke truth to power

One year ago, we wrote here saying former Fort Wayne resident Dan Coats was between a rock and a hard place as President Trump’s national security director. With Coats under fire, we expressed our desire that he keep his job. “We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Suicides among black youth growing concern

A year ago, we wrote about the alarming increase in the rates of suicide in Allen County, Indiana and across the nation. This week we learned that the rate of suicides among African-American adolescents in the U.S. is even worse. Statistics a year ago showed a 50 percent jump in the number of ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Walter Williams column is on the mark

A standing ovation is in order for the author of “Inner-city crime, poverty priority issues for black Americans.” Walter Williams’ very poignant words resonated with me. For once truths have been spoken. Stores won’t open in bad neighborhoods. Mr. Williams gave good reasons why. ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Knight grant to help tackle social media ills

Social media has become a breeding ground for misinformation. It is an all too easy tool to broadcast and amplify outlandish claims and bogus stories. That’s why we applaud the Knight Foundation for committing nearly $50 million in research to better understand how technology is transforming ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Want to help save lives? Donate blood and platelets

Over the years I have been a blood donor partly due to the many surgeries my family members have had and because I, therefore, recognized the good that giving blood could do. A few weeks ago I received a card in the mail from the American Red Cross telling of the urgent need for blood ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: State’s smoking cessation efforts are laudable

More than 21 percent of adult sin Indiana smoke, ranking the state 45th among all states and the District of Columbia. California has the lowest percentage of adult smokers at 11.3 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tobacco users contribute nearly $3 billion ...

THE LAST WORD: Knight return to Bloomington would be fitting

The storied career of former Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight had a not-so-happy ending when he was fired by IU President Myles Brand in 2000. His long absence from Bloomington and repeated scorning of the university since have been sad and disappointing. But is the self-imposed ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Court’s ruling should spur redistricting reform

When the Supreme Court ruled last month that partisan gerrymandering isn’t an issue for federal courts to police, it cleared the way for states to handle the issue. That’s as it should be. Gerrymandering is the creative drawing of districts to benefit the party in power. Republicans are a ...

GUEST COLUMN: Indiana workers can gain by delaying Social Security benefits

It’s no secret that American workers face a major — and very real — retirement crisis. Wealth inequality and workplace changes have all but kicked-out two of the legs of the traditional retirement stool: pensions and private savings — both of which are at historic ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Ride Safe Indiana helps reduce motorcycle fatalities

While motorcycles are involved in less than 2 percent of all collisions in Indiana, they make up 16 percent of all traffic fatalities. There have been 51 motorcycle fatalities in the state this year, on a par with the 97 last year. And that was down from 136 in 2017. That’s why we think Ride ...

GUEST COLUMN: Book aims to offer strategy to restore a divided America

In American Restoration: How Faith, Family, and Personal Sacrifice Can Heal Our Nation, my co‐author, Craig Osten and I, write that America is at a crossroads. Neighbor is pitted against neighbor. The growth of social media has inflamed the worst instincts in people. We write, “As a nation, ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Pilot program will expand the fight against addiction

Friday’s launch of a pilot program that will put 71 sober living beds in three locations has been called Allen County’s most ambitious effort to fight substance abuse disorder. We have praised Allen County’s aggressive efforts in the past to fight drug addiction, especially the epidemic ...