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.

Hopefully the weather will be as mild on the day you read this as it is on the day I'm putting these words on paper! I heard that the recent weather trends are on the verge of breaking a record that goes back almost a century. I hope we get a bit more snow this winter for the snow lovers, but the low utility bills and sun belt-like climate would be easy to get used to!

Effort continues to bring rail service back to Fort Wayne. If projected plans become reality the U.S. will be blanketed by a...

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I decided this year to change the format of the annual State of the City address to make it more accessible to residents.

Traditionally, the State of the City was held at the Grand Wayne Center on a weekday afternoon. It cost attendees $25. This year, I will give the Report to the People at more than 10 locations throughout the community. The sites will be chosen so that citizens will have access to one of the events. Specific dates, times and locations will be announced as soon as they are...

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I have introduced what I consider to be an important piece of legislation this Session. It proposes to modernize Indiana's eight-year old law known as "Zachary's Law", which deals with the maintenance of a list of convicted sex offenders. The current law requires a local law enforcement agency, either the city police or the Sheriff, to maintain a list of convicted sex offenders that reside within their community. Presumably, this provides satisfactory information to the public about such...

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As many of you may already know, this is the second winter that I have raised the income eligibility limit for applicants requesting assistance. I raised it from 100% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines to 125%. These figures, however, can seem very abstract and not have much meaning in themselves. I hope this article can illustrate how much of an impact this change has made, as well as explain why I did it.

As the guardian of your tax dollars, as well as a taxpayer myself, I have a solid...

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As many of you will recall, city traffic engineers met with a roomful of concerned citizens a few weeks ago regarding problems with traffic congestion at the Lower Huntington Road-Bluffton Road intersection. Since then the traffic engineers have studied the situation further. They're recommending that the lane markings on Lower Huntington Road be better aligned and that speed control be enhanced in the area of that intersection and they are planning to make those improvements when the weather...

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Happy New Year!! I hope everyone who reads this column had a great holiday season. As we start the New Year I can't help but look back on 2001 and reflect on the fact that 2001 was a tough year for our country. The events of 9/11/01 and the weakening of the US economy during the last year had a profound effect on our nation as well as life here in Fort Wayne. I've been very impressed by the fighting spirit that has been evident in many ways, especially since 9/11/01. I'm confident that our...

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