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.

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In an earlier publication of The Waynedale News, I spoke about the Wayne Township Trustee Office's Recognizing Achievement Scholarship (RAS) Award. We partnered with the Fort Wayne Urban League to recognize the achievements of young people, paying tribute to students for their success in improving their grades and attendance. The Wayne Township Trustee Office RAS Awards are sponsored by individual donations, not with taxpayer dollars. This is our second year for providing scholarships to...

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Memorial Day is just around the corner. It's often viewed as a time to enjoy family and friends, and usher in summer. Unfortunately, the true meaning of this important day is often lost to picnics and parties.

As designated by Congress, Memorial Day recognizes the service men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms. It is a day where we pause to reflect on the memories of our fallen heroes, and remember what they died fighting for – the American traditions and...

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I recently announced a new program designed to recognize the efforts of deployed service members. The Blue Star Banner Program will recognize City of Fort Wayne residents and City government employees who are actively deployed.

The first service member to be honored is Command Sergeant Major Brian Kiess who is an actively deployed member of the Army Reserve and works in the City's Division of Public Works. The banner for Kiess will be displayed beginning this month.

Family and friends of...

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Each week we conduct Orientation Class for new Wayne Township Assistance clients. During class there are presentations by representatives of several departments of our office.The speakers outline the role of their departments including Employment, Workfare, Investigations and Payee. I conclude the class by encouraging clients to gain the self confidence they need to move on with their lives. Once a client finishes the Orientation Class, he or she receives a Certificate of Completion, which is...

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The economy is changing. Businesses and industries are more high-tech, and today's jobs demand a skill set to match. Going to college or seeking specialized training is quickly becoming a prerequisite to secure well-paying employment.

A recent report from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce suggests that by 2020, 65 percent of all jobs will require postsecondary education and training, up from 28 percent in 1973.

Indiana's responsible governance and low taxes have...

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I'm pleased to share with you that progress continues to be made to protect the Dalevue-Fernwood neighborhood along the Fairfield Ditch. I joined with City staff members and residents on April 22 to break ground for a flood control project that will protect the area in the future.

The low-lying area along the Fairfield Ditch in Waynedale, in particular along Dalevue Drive and Fernwood Avenue, has experienced chronic flooding since the 1950s. For more than 10 years, we've worked closely with...

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