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NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: B-17 in tragic crash had been part of area shows

Seven people died after a World War II-era B-17 bomber that visited DeKalb Airport in August crashed into a de-icing facility Wednesday morning while trying to land at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn. News-Sentinel.com offers our sympathies to the families of those killed ...

THE LAST WORD: Addiction plays sad role in ‘Country Music’

I learned some things about country music during the last couple of weeks. And one was that country musicians have a sordid history of lives scarred by addictions to drugs and alcohol. Over the past two weeks, I watched the riveting eight-episode, 16-hour documentary miniseries “Country ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: The sooner GM strike ends, the better

On the one hand, you have a collective bargaining agreement between Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Fort Wayne Education Association discussed at a school board meeting Monday that is set to be approved next month. On the other hand, you have a General Motors strike entering its second ...

NEWS-SENTINEL GUEST COLUMN: Allen County courts history dates back 195 years

Our first Allen County court was held in a primitive log cabin tavern at the corner of Superior and Barr streets. As I sat one day in the ornate Circuit Courtroom in our present courthouse, I wondered how we got here from there. I wondered who were those early lawyers and judges. How did ...

NEWS-SENTINEL GUEST COLUMN: Vaping presents dangers to Fort Wayne youth

Indiana ranks third in the nation for having the most people who vape. In addition, vaping among youth has become a national epidemic. According to the Truth Initiative, a national anti-smoking initiative, “e-cigarette use among young people, many of whom were not smokers in the first place, ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Sharp decline in journalism majors at IU is concerning

The foundation of good journalism is laid with the fundamentals taught in colleges and universities throughout the country. Indiana University has long been a major source of some of the best journalists in the U.S., but suddenly we find the number of their undergraduate journalism majors has ...

The Last Word: University wrong to attack Chick-fil-A

Some University of Kansas faculty members want America’s favorite restaurant removed from campus for being what they call a “bastion of bigotry.” Bigotry means intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself; obstinate or intolerant devotion to one’s own opinions and ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Indiana should consider using stoplight cameras

For months News-Sentinel.com and others have been warning drivers to stop for school buses, not only because it’s against the law to disregard school bus stop arms, but because it’s a threat to the lives of our children. But drivers are also posing another deadly threat by running red ...