THE LAST WORD: Knight’s return to IU touches many


Former Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight’s return to what is now called Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for the game against Purdue on Feb. 8 was an event that deeply moved many people emotionally associated with Hoosier basketball. It moved me. And my association is not nearly as ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Time to ‘turn the page’ on impeachment


It’s been a Keystone Cops kind of week for Democrats, and President Donald Trump’s acquittal in Wednesday’s Senate impeachment trial was the capstone. Despite Democrats’ highly partisan impeachment efforts, the president’s approval rating hit a new high of 49 percent in the latest ...

THE LAST WORD: ‘Just Mercy’ elicits anger, but also hope


How many times have we read about some prisoner who has been on death row for years being exonerated due to new evidence or DNA tests that overturn a false conviction? A film I saw recently tells the true story of such a case. “Just Mercy” is based on the memoir of the same name written ...

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 ...