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.

As you are probably aware, Fort Wayne city government...including yours truly, in my role as 4th district city councilman...has no direct role in our public school systems such as planning, funding etc. Despite this I am a strong supporter of our educational system and I have spent time in all of the high schools and several of our lower and middle schools in the 4th district, from Elmhurst to North Side and from Indian Village to Nebraska to Bloomingdale schools as well. I encourage every...

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Most of us are very familiar with the 1960's cartoon, "A Charlie Brown Christmas", which continues to delight people of all ages to this day. The story revolves around Charlie Brown's search for the true meaning of Christmas in a world that has commercialized the holiday almost beyond recognition. Charlie is depressed because he feels he is missing something. It all comes into focus when Linus quotes the nativity passage from the Bible dealing with the birth of Jesus. A light goes off in...

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As I enter my fourth year as Wayne Township Trustee, I think back about how successful my office has been at achieving my goal of developing community partnerships. These collaborations are vital in the problem-solving process because they incorporate multiple viewpoints and ideas. Many of our successes have been a direct result of joining together with other government, not-for-profit, and religious organizations. Throughout the year I have been able to give examples of how Wayne Township...

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Recently there has been quite a bit of public discussion regarding the State mandated redistricting of Fort Wayne's City Council Districts which must be completed prior to the 2003 city elections. As you are probably aware, the population of Fort Wayne's six current Council-manic Districts should be about 35,000 each, but actually ranges from about 28,000 to about 46,000. This is certainly not a one-person one-vote arrangement and it's sensible to make some corrections prior to the 2003 city...

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"The Legislature is back in Session. Hold onto your wallets and lock your doors!" For years, this was the old saying whenever the Legislature reconvened for the new year. Unfortunately, this year, there may be some truth to the saying. As we approach the beginning of January, and with it the 2-month session, the calls from the Governor for a tax increase are getting louder and louder.

There is little doubt that the State is facing some serious fiscal problems. The impact of the Recession...

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As we continue to prepare for and celebrate the holiday season, I would like to ask you all to remember the families and individuals who are at a such a severe economic disadvantage that they cannot provide for their basic necessities, much less buy gifts for their loved ones. Although this is a sad image, it is very much a reality to several of our neighbors. We at Wayne Township are doing what we can to help make this Christmas a happier holiday for our clients.

We have partnered with the...

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