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.

Tuesday, May 5 is not only Primary Election day here in Fort Wayne but also Cinco de Mayo, a day of parties and festivities celebrating the Mexican people. Many believe that this is Independence Day in Mexico, but in fact it is the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla when the Mexican Army defeated the invading French Army there in 1862, a very inspirational victory for the Mexican people because at the time the French were considered to have the strongest army in the world. After this victory...

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The right of each person to practice his or her religious faith is one of America's foundational principles. In fact, the Framers of the Constitution thought religious liberty was so important that they made it the first right guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.

Congress reiterated the importance of religious liberty when they passed the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in 1993. The federal RFRA that is still in effect today passed the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously...

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I recently announced that eight local businesses are recipients of 2015 Commercial Façade Grants to improve their properties. This year's awardees will receive approximately $218,000 in City funding and have pledged to contribute just over $685,000 in private investment to do everything from installing new windows to creating more attractive roof lines.

This program is good for local businesses and neighborhoods. It helps businesses improve their properties and attract customers, while at the...

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Recently I have written about basic necessities and how, in Indiana, the township trustee can help people who are not able to meet their families' basic needs of food, clothing or shelter. In one column, I discussed our Food Pantry and in another our Clothing Emporium. Today I'd like to talk about how our office helps those in need of shelter.

You may think of shelter as just a roof over your head to keep the rain off, but it is actually a roof and walls plus the means to keep the place...

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Lawmakers frequently hear from parents and educators that too much time is spent on testing in our schools.

This concern was highlighted earlier this year when the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) unexpectedly announced that the spring ISTEP test would take students as long as 12 hours or more to complete.

State leaders were able to work together to successfully shorten this year's test, but the lesson was clear: reform is needed.

I am a strong supporter of school accountability, but I...

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Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann recently visited Fort Wayne and joined me to provide an update on the Indiana Hardest Hit Blight Elimination Program (BEP).

The City of Fort Wayne is a participant in the program and has been awarded over $7 million to help stabilize neighborhoods by demolishing and redeveloping more than 300 abandoned homes.

Demolition work has started on several properties throughout the City and neighborhood associations are helping us determine what happens with the...

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