Waynedale Opinion Articles

Our local writers give you insight of their original opinions on the latest Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana news and entertainment topics. Movie, restaurant, show and event reviews are in this section.

Kasey Butcher

When I saw Despicable Me (2010), I didn't love it. But the Minions. The Minions I can't get enough of. This summer's Despicable Me 2 features the comedic family brought together in the first film, a funny new hero, and plenty of Minion hijinks.

In Despicable Me 2, Gru (Steve Carell) is happy in his new lifestyle, trading villainy for making jelly and raising his adopted daughters, Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Elsie Fisher), but when Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) quits...


Land of Shining Waters #1
by Tracie Peterson Bethany
978-0-7642-0619-1, PB, 344 pages

Merrill Krause has repressed romantic aspirations to assist her father and brothers on the family farm as her dying mother requested. Although she relishes helping with the horses and the ice harvest, Merrill fears her protective brothers and tomboyish ways will discourage potential suitors. Her worries diminish when newcomer Rurik Jorgenson falls for Merrill's resilient beauty...


Jim Schindler

A cutting remark never heals.

The Obvious
Did you ever get the feeling that a lot of our congressmen vote for what's good for them and not what's best for the country and their constituents?
Or am I the only one who can see the obvious?

Peace & Harmony
Those who live by the "Golden Rule" and obey the "Ten Commandants," will live in peace and harmony, not only with their God, but also with their fellow man.

The Geese
At the crack of dawn,
On little Lake Cree,
Some noisy geese,
Kept awakening...



World War Z opens with a montage of news clips all foretelling our certain doom at the hands of the climate, epidemics, or violence. It's spun of familiar enough stories to get the heart rate pumping before throwing the audience into the middle of a zombie attack. Yet, at this point, isn't a zombie apocalypse a familiar story too?

In World War Z, Gerry (Brad Pitt) and Karin Lane (Mireille Enos) are on a trip with their daughters, Constance (Sterling Jerins) and Rachel (Abigail Hargrove), when a...


Ron Coody, Istanbul, Turkey

The so-called Arab Spring that brought tens of thousands into the streets of Egypt, Libya, Algeria and other Arab countries occurred because the people had grown weary of secular-leaning dictatorships that had made deals with Western governments to curb Islamic radicalism and keep peace with the state of Israel.  When Turkish protestors poured into the streets of downtown Istanbul, Ankara and then other cities around Turkey, some observers interpreted the unrest as a Turkish Spring.  Aside from...


by Sandra D. Bricker Moody
1978-0-8024-0628-6, PB, 288
When two lawyers strike out on their own to form a law firm designed to help the needy folks of Cincinnati, they discover along the way that fairytale endings aren't just for ancient days. Julianne and her long time best friend and neighbor, Will, both dream of happily-ever-after lives, but first they must establish themselves in the real world. They have limited legal experience. They have no client base. They also lack the...


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