Waynedale Politial Commentaries

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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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Despite unseasonably warm temperatures during the past two months, winter is indeed upon us. The City Street Department is well equipped and well prepared to handle snow removal during the winter season.

The Street Department recently purchased 12 new single-axle salt trucks. The trucks have both a front blade and an under blade. All of the trucks are equipped with a calcium pre-wet system, which sprays calcium on the salt before it's dispensed onto City streets. The system helps the salt work...

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Though you will be reading this article after the New Year has begun, I am writing this on December 30th, so some random thoughts about this annual opportunity to review and regroup seem in order.

I heard a wonderful sermon today by Pastor Rick Hawks of The Chapel. He discussed the concept of resolutions and goals for the New Year, and emphasized the idea that one should formulate those goals so as to please God, and not oneself. So often, we make a resolution such as "This year, I am going to...

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In my term as Wayne Township Trustee, I have come to appreciate the difference between need and eligibility. There are many people in our community that are very much in need of township assistance, but do not meet the eligibility requirements. The most difficult part of my job is denying assistance to families truly in need of help.

As part of my vision as Trustee, I have sought ways to help as many poor citizens as possible - even the ones who don't meet the eligibility criteria. I have...

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