Commentary

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: IU and Purdue helping students limit debt

Since college has been a thing, the problem of the debt that is accumulated has been a hot topic. In fact, 70 percent of college graduates have debt of some kind, and when they all owe on average $37,172, it becomes increasingly hard to help these students. So why aren’t more ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Without anchor tenant, Electric Works not likely to fly

“A small group of people in position of influence and power... who are working aggressively to thwart the progress.” Are you sure? Let's get to the bottom of this. RTM, you don't have an anchor tenant for the Electric Works redevelopment. The “smart” money people know this, and to ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Differences evident in news reporting

You will see a connection between three writings: 1. In a letter to Attorney General William Barr in late March, Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrote that the AG’s memo “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the Mueller investigation. 2. Former News-Sentinel ...

THE LAST WORD: When complaining about the wet weather, remember our farmers

Indiana farmers are between a mud puddle and a soft place. While the rest of us moan and groan because our lawns are too wet to mow and our gardens too muddy to plant, some farmers throughout the Midwest are wondering whether to plant at all — and that’s their livelihood. Many ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: New executive director continues Trails legacy

Megan McClellan has been named executive director for Fort Wayne Trails, Inc., taking over the lead in an endeavor that began with the help of former News-Sentinel Editor Ernie Williams 45 years ago. McClellan will officially assume her new position at Fort Wayne Trails on Monday, replacing ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: School curriculum should be adjusted for manufacturing

As it stands now, advanced manufacturing is an important part of Indiana's economy. It has the second largest GDP in the U.S., employed more than 100,000 workers in the automotive industry during 2016, and, statistically, 1 in 5 Hoosiers will go to work in advanced manufacturing. If this is ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Inclusion key to special education

More than 41 million Americans, almost 15 percent of our current population ages 5 and older, are affected by a disability, making it extremely important that these students are provided with quality education and opportunity. Children are being put into special classes according to their ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Vibrant summer ahead in downtown Fort Wayne

June is at our doorstep, and with it comes a vibrant, pulsating downtown summer experience in Fort Wayne with something good going on practically all the time. News-Sentinel.com today pays tribute to a city that is a great place to be for all people of all ages. While there are many things ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Honoring the fallen on Memorial Day

In November 1941, just weeks before the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued a proclamation celebrating the Bill of Rights. “Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them,” Roosevelt said in issuing the ...

THE LAST WORD: Journalism keeps the light on in a dark world

Throughout my career in journalism I have endured many criticisms of my calling, a profession considered so important by our Founding Fathers that our law prohibits its curtailment in the First Amendment to the Constitution. Certainly there have been many times when individual journalists and ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Regional Cities Initiative is alive and well

Indiana is not bailing on the Regional Cities Initiative, though some might have gotten that impression from news reports this week that said neither Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration nor budget-writing legislators appear to have an interest in funding more proposals. The reports said the ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Get educated on proposed electricity rate increase

For the second time in less than two years, Indiana Michigan Power is seeking a steep rate increase. And as was the case in 2018, the final rate decision will depend in large part on what consumers have to say. In the summer of 2017, I&M sought a 19.7 percent increase in its rates, ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Unemployment rate underscores economic health

The unemployment rate is certainly good news for the nation, and even better news locally. And it won’t hurt President Trump in his re-election bid if the trend continues. Indiana Department of Workforce Development figures released this week show an unemployment rate of just 2.6 percent for ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: This weekend, remember those who gave their lives

On Mother’s Day weekend, a three-day event took place across part of Indiana with relatively little media coverage. It was Indiana’s fifth annual Run for the Fallen, a 140-mile route from Fort Wayne’s Allen County War Memorial Coliseum to Portland the first day; Portland to Anderson the ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: : Disciplinary hearing may seal fate for A.G. Hill

The ongoing saga of Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill’s denial of allegedly groping four women, including a state lawmaker, during a party more than a year ago could reach a climax in an Indiana Supreme Court disciplinary hearing next week. A confidential internal legislative memo that ...