Commentary

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, ...

News Sentinel Editorial: Vaping tax merits support

The tax the House has proposed for vaping liquids is appropriate and should be approved by the Senate. The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to vote this week on House Bill 1444, which would tax nicotine-containing liquids used in electronic cigarettes at the rate of 4 cents per ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: City Council should rethink Wayne Day

The resolution creating a General “Mad” Anthony Wayne Day is a divisive and unnecessary act that detracts from the very real and pressing issues Fort Wayne City Council faces. The council should, as the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma recently requested, rethink its decision and rescind the ...

THE LAST WORD: Can you pass test Kruse wants to require of high schoolers?

Indiana’s Republican state senator from Auburn, Dennis Kruse, has pushed a bill for several years that would require Hoosier high school students to pass the same basic history and civics examination we require all new citizens to pass. Senate Bill 132 unanimously passed through the House ...

NEWS-SENTINEL GUEST COLUMN: Paint complete portraits of historical figures

It was discouraging to read the simplistic comments made by some City Council members regarding General “Mad” Anthony Wayne Day. A few comments were indicative of the lack of introspection seen in recent national discussions regarding historic memorials and monuments. We as a society are ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Public release of Mueller Report necessary

The long-awaited report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller has established that there was, as President Trump has steadfastly held, no collusion with Russia in the 2016 election. Mueller’s findings, summarized in a 4-page letter by Attorney General William Barr, are a resounding victory ...

GUEST COLUMN: Two good ways to oppose bad hate-crime bills

The Journal Gazette recently printed a map showing states with hate-crime laws deemed “fully inclusive.” Why are they “fully inclusive”? Because their short lists of protected classes include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” Period. Do these “fully inclusive” ...

Allen County a step ahead in prevention of school violence

This April 20 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Columbine school massacre. Ten students and one teacher were murdered by seniors Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who took their own lives. The issue of school security has not been the same since. According to the Washington Post, since ...

THE LAST WORD: World Down Syndrome Day celebrates precious lives

World Down Syndrome Day on Thursday made me thankful for where I live and for the lives of my two Down syndrome grandchildren, Joy and Ezekiel. The occasion was first officially observed in 2012 to raise awareness of Down syndrome. March 21 (3-21) represents the three copies of the 21st ...