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 issue of crime in our community continues to generate discussion and headlines. While crime rates are much lower than they were a decade ago, or during 1997-1998 when the incidence of crime last peaked, we need to make more progress in crime fighting. Strong families, good jobs, and a solid educational system are important in preventing criminal activity. These are important factors, but I'm convinced that when the police and sheriff's departments and the prosecutor's office and court...

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Some Fort Wayne residents go to work every day, Monday through Friday, sometimes on the weekends and sometimes at night. Many have children, and many are single parents. Despite their hard work, they still find that they are barely able to make ends meet. There is a way to reward these low-income working families.

The IRS sponsors the Earned Income Tax Credit Program, and I am committed to making sure that people in Fort Wayne who are eligible for this tax credit apply for it. I plan on...

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Greetings! Hopefully the mild weather has continued until the day you happen to be reading this column! With all due respect to the snow lovers out there it is enjoyable to see the signs of spring which appear to be coming early this year. This time of the year is also important for several reasons other than the weather including the arrival of the season of "March Madness". While the mens' state basketball tournament hasn't yet begun at the time I write these words the women's tournament has...

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March 15, 2002 marks the end of the Energy Assistance Program's six months moratorium, which means that utility companies can disconnect service to those who have been unable to pay their bills. Last year, as we all remember, was a time of unusually high heating costs. More citizens than usual couldn't make ends meet as a result. Community resources from benevolent organizations were strained, and community leaders faced a true crisis.

Because of the emergency situations, I formed the...

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By the time you read this article, there will likely be less than two weeks left in the 2002 legislative session. In that time, we will be expected to come up with a plan that has the potential to be the biggest change in the Indiana tax code in a century or more. All this in a session that is only about ten weeks in length. Does it make you nervous? It should.

What am I talking about? By now, most people know that the Governor and Lt. Governor have come up with a major tax proposal that they...

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The City of Fort Wayne's crime rate in 2001 was the third lowest total in the city during the past 20 years. Our crime rate has remained stable for the last three years. This is evidence that what we are doing as a community is working.

In the southwest quadrant, the number of crimes increased 0.03 percent. Robberies accounted for virtually all of the increase. We saw reductions in rapes, assaults, larcenies, vehicle thefts and arsons. Deputy Chief Doug Lucker and his officers understand...

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