Waynedale Politial Commentaries

What are your Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana politicians working on for you? Local, regional and state wide politics can be found here written by your elected officials.

The General Assembly is currently considering five Senate proposals that work to reduce violent crime in Indiana. These bills are important for all Hoosiers because it isn't just direct victims who suffer from criminal activity. Families, schools, the economy and the entire community's quality of life are also harmed.

The five bills are designed to safeguard Hoosier citizens by directing funds to high-crime areas, extending the statute of limitations on rape charges, providing prosecutors...

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Fort Wayne Police Department leaders and I recently provided a progress report to the community that the City of Fort Wayne experienced an overall reduction in crime of more than 14 percent in 2014, highlighted by a 62.5 percent reduction in the number of homicides. Robberies and burglaries were also down more than 20 percent as compared to 2013 numbers.

Highlights of public safety efforts in 2014:
*Homicides declined by 62.5 percent. The 12 homicides represented the lowest total in over 20...

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Last month I wrote about the basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter that we and other Township Trustees are here to help with. In that column I described how we help hungry folks in need of food. This week I want to talk about our Wayne Township Trustee Office Clothing Emporium.

The Clothing Emporium was started when we saw that clients we were sending out to look for work often did not have the right clothes that they needed to succeed in their search. And many times their children...

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A strong education system is one of the most important assets a state can have. Effective K-12 schooling lays the foundation for success in higher education and trade industries. This results in a strong workforce, which helps our economy and Hoosier families thrive.

Indiana allots more than half of the state budget to education, making it one of the most debated topics during budget sessions. This year, legislators will be discussing ways to reward Indiana's best teachers and outline a more...

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I recently announced that the City of Fort Wayne and Domo Development, LLC, based in Indianapolis, have reached a Memorandum of Understanding for a $27 million residential development across from Parkview Field in downtown Fort Wayne.

The project, Cityscape Flats, will feature apartments, row houses, a parking garage, and streetscape improvements. The 3.59 acre area is bordered by Ewing Street on the east, Fairfield Avenue on the west, West Jefferson Boulevard on the north, and Brackenridge...

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Every morning I walk through our front lobby and talk with our clients. I like getting to know people, and I hear about the many different circumstances that bring folks through our doors. It never fails to touch my heart. One of the hardest things to hear is when someone tells me that he or she is hungry or that their children or someone else in their family is hungry.

In Indiana the township trustees are charged with helping folks who are struggling to meet one or more of their basic needs...

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