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 holiday season is upon us once again, which is a reminder for me to slow down and appreciate the many blessings in my life. As I look back over the past year, I think about how wonderful people have been to me, and how great it has been to provide much-needed help to members of our community. When I think of my greatest experiences and successes I've had as your trustee, I know it is because of the people who were involved one way or another.

Perhaps my most rewarding moments were...

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It's 10PM on a Saturday night, and I'm writing this article. Another exciting evening in the life of the Longs, you say? Well, it was actually quite fun. My 15 year old son is over visiting his 16 year old girlfriend (boy, does that take getting used to), so my wife and I took our 10 year old son out to see the new Harry Potter movie, and then had dinner with him. Funny how the older you get, the more you appreciate nights like this. Family has never seemed more important. This is especially...

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At a recent neighborhood association meeting in the Waynedale/Indian Village area I was asked about the future of Ardmore Road. For over 30 years there has been talk about Ardmore becoming a 4-lane thoroughfare from the Fort Wayne International Airport to as far north as Washington Center Road. There's no question that the west side of Fort Wayne needs a better north-south thoroughfare than currently exists. With the possible completion in 2003 of the Ardmore extension south from Lower...

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This is such an exciting time for the City of Fort Wayne! Just a few days ago, I helped unveil a new blueprint for downtown Fort Wayne. More than a year in the making, the plan outlines steps the city, county, residents and businesses will take to make the central City "everybody's downtown."

The Downtown Initiative incorporates some wonderful ideas from our citizens. You have asked for a vibrant central city, day and night. In the next five years, the Downtown Initiative will be the...

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Part of my mission as trustee is to continually develop and implement plans that will improve services to the citizens of Wayne Township. One project that has been in development for several months is our Disaster Recovery Plan. We here at Wayne Township want to make sure that we will be fully functional and ready for business as quickly as possible in the event of a disaster. Planning for disasters can be time consuming because there are many scenarios to consider. They range from the...

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If you ever wondered if your vote counted, wonder no more. Just look at what has happened in our state and our nation the past two years. Beginning with the Florida presidential vote, and moving right on through to the current recounts we are seeing in Allen County and elsewhere in the State, it is clear that we are in an era of close elections where every vote counts.

The Indiana House of Representatives has been under the control of the Democratic party for several years now, but in each...

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