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Opinion

THE LAST WORD: Basketball fights inexcusable, now and in 1972

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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

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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

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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 ...

THE LAST WORD: Golf world will miss Pete Dye’s work

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In August, my wife Beth and I drove to the French Lick Resort in southern Indiana, two hours south of Indianapolis, to see the historic domed lobby of the West Baden Springs Hotel and the sites of the sulfur springs there and at the French Lick Springs Hotel. During our weekend stay, we drove ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Will governor act on teacher pay sooner?

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Is Gov. Eric Holcomb changing his tune on the urgency of increasing teachers’ pay? More than a month ago Holcomb said that while he supported getting the state’s teachers to salary levels that ranked in the top three in the Midwest, that teacher pay couldn’t be addressed in the 2020 ...

THE LAST WORD: What do you do if your vehicle plunges into a pond?

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We don’t know all the details of the crash on New Year’s Eve in Mishawaka in which a minivan driven by a northern Indiana woman plunged into a retention pond, killing two of her three children. The crash is still under investigation. All we know is that Mishawaka firefighters that ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: New baby boxes are welcome additions

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In November News-Sentinel.com wrote about a new Safe Haven Baby Box being added in Angola that allows people to anonymously leave newborns in hospitals and fire stations. That increased the number of baby boxes in the state to 16 at that time. We also pointed out that Allen County had only one ...