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.

June 19-25 is Entrepreneurship Week in Indiana – an opportunity for Hoosiers to recognize and celebrate the vital importance of free-market entrepreneurship in our state and local communities.

While much of the business-related coverage we read about in the news each day is focused on major national and multi-national corporations, small businesses form the backbone of our economy.

More than 97 percent of Indiana businesses fall into the small business category. These businesses employ nearly...

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I recently announced the City of Fort Wayne’s Blue Star Banner program will continue in 2016.

The Blue Star Banner initiative started in May 2014 and recognizes City of Fort Wayne residents and City government employees who are actively deployed. Through the first two years of the initiative, 52 banners have been displayed to honor service members.

Family and friends of deployed military personnel are encouraged to complete an application at www.cityoffortwayne.org/bluestarbanner. Once the...

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I’m always looking for enjoyable inexpensive events for our clients to take part in. Most of our clients don’t have very much income they can use towards entertainment for the family.

I love a parade! During a time when many of us are isolated as a result of amazing technology such as cell phones, internet and electronic games, a parade brings us together. When I attend the Three Rivers parade, I feel as though the City is throwing a huge party, and everyone is welcome. Parades seem to be a...

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Indiana’s part-time state legislature, unlike the U.S. Congress, allows representatives and senators to spend the majority of the calendar year in their districts. This allows legislators to maintain a closer connection with their constituents and better serve their communities.

During the period in between legislative sessions the General Assembly selects several policy topics for further review to help support the development of future legislation. These topics are usually complex and...

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Members of the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission and representatives from Weigand Construction, Hoch Associates and Ash Brokerage recently joined me to cut the ribbon on the Skyline Garage.

The garage is now open to the general public. The 1,077-space parking garage will also serve employees of Ash Brokerage, residents of the Skyline Tower to be built by Great Lakes Capital, and other retail and commercial tenants in the Ash Skyline Plaza.

In addition to being a state-of-the-art parking...

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In this year of 2016, the state of Indiana’s two hundredth birthday, I have been thinking a lot about history and about how knowing history can really give a better perspective on things. I think about my own family’s history here in Indiana, and I think their experiences had a lot to do with how I feel about education and my work ethic.

My great-great uncles migrated to Indiana from Southern Alabama in 1915, a time when many African-American families were moving north to find better...

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