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.

I recently delivered my ninth State of the City Address. The theme for this year’s address was “Moving Fort Wayne in the Right Direction.”

Highlights included successes in riverfront and downtown development, job growth and economic development, public safety, and investments in neighborhood infrastructure projects.

Riverfront development:
Property acquisition and demolition of structures will occur this year. In addition, the final designs of the promenade will be completed and bid for...

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As we come to the end of February, Black History Month, I would like to write today about a hero of mine from the past, Frederick Douglass. Much of what we know about Douglass comes from his own words found in the many books he wrote during his lifetime. From his first autobiography we learn that he began traveling in 1841 for the Anti-Slavery Society, and by 1845 he had become well known for the speeches he made at abolitionist rallies where he told his story of growing up in slavery. But in...

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Eagle

In the last Waynedale News I saw an article announcing the Valentine’s Day Eagle Watch at the Salamonie Interpretive Center, and I thought to myself ‘What a nice way to celebrate the day with your sweetheart.’ Little did I know until talking with my friend, John Brennan—a retired English professor—that celebrating love on Valentine’s Day actually began with a story about birds, and eagles in particular.

In a dream poem by Geoffrey Chaucer, written around the year 1380, a meeting of birds comes...

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When the Indiana General Assembly convened in January for the start of the 2016 legislative session, the Senate Republican Caucus laid out an agenda aimed at moving our state forward in several key areas of public policy.

We are now beyond the halfway point of the session, and I’m pleased to report that all but one of our agenda items have passed the Senate and are moving forward in the legislative process.

The Senate has passed legislation that supports our educators, farmers and veterans...

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I recently joined leaders of the Fort Wayne Fire Department to welcome the 17 members of the department’s 88th recruit class.

The recruits have begun a 16-week process to become firefighters for the City of Fort Wayne. The anticipated graduation date is May 13.

Breakdown of the new recruit class:
12 Caucasian males
2 Caucasian females
2 Hispanic/Latino males
1 African American male

To continue the City’s commitment to public safety, the 89th recruit class of the Fort Wayne Fire Department will...

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The Indiana General Assembly has long prioritized Hoosier students and educators. Over half of our state’s general fund is devoted to K-12 education, making Indiana third in the nation for the percent of our budget devoted to schools.

Like many states, Indiana uses standardized testing (known as ISTEP) to objectively measure student growth and performance.

While testing can be an effective tool of measurement for students and educators, the deeply troubled 2015 ISTEP saw a number of serious...

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