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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.

WISHES FOR A NEW YEAR - STRAIGHT FROM THE SENATE

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As the holiday season comes to a close, it's important to reflect on a year gone by but also to set new goals for 2014. The next legislative session is just a few days away, and this year I have several wishes for Indiana.

Hoosiers can be proud that Indiana's fourth- and eighth-grade students demonstrated the second-largest improvement rate among states last year on math and reading tests. In the coming year, I hope to continue this momentum.

One of our state's most important goals is to...

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NEWYEARS PLANNING - MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR

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As we begin a new year in the City of Fort Wayne, we're seeing unprecedented investment and positive momentum, and our commitment to attracting and retaining jobs and businesses is making a meaningful impact.

When I look back at 2013, I'm encouraged by the teamwork and partnerships that have resulted in progress and success.

Here are a few highlights from a memorable 2013:
*City finances/Quality of life/Commitment to neighborhoods
-Passage of the fiscal policy financial plan for the future. As...

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FAMILY - VOICE OF THE TOWNSHIP

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I enjoyed all of the 2013 holidays tremendously. As the year comes to an end, I must say that this last holiday season of the year has topped them all. During this time of year, most families practice traditions which result in sharing joy and love among family members and friends. We gather to enjoy great food and wonderful company; telling stories of things past and things to come.

I attended such a celebration on Christmas Eve at my brother's home. One of the events at the occasion was...

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VOICE YOUR THOUGHTS ON 2014 AGENDA ITEMS - STRAIGHT FROM THE SENATE

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The Indiana General Assembly is scheduled to convene Jan. 6, 2014. As this important date approaches, I am seeking your input on topics expected to be discussed during the legislative session, which runs through March 14.

In early January, you will receive a newsletter from me sent to your home address. This newsletter will contain vital contact information, ways you can stay involved in your state government and a survey so you can voice your thoughts on current legislative issues.

It is my...

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DEPT. OF PUBLIC WORKS - MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR

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I was pleased to recently join our Department of Public Works to announce a new initiative – the launching of a free app called RecycleFW! The app is designed to help residents get easy access to information about disposal of recyclables, garbage and other waste materials.

Now at an 80 percent participation rate, Fort Wayne's single stream recycling program is a huge hit with residents. In fact, participation in the City's One Cart recycling program, which began in 2011, has grown more than 45...

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MISS VIRGINIA - VOICE OF THE TOWNSHIP

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I remember when I was in the 9th grade; a friend of mine showed me the home of Virginia Schrantz, better known to some as "Miss Virginia". At the time, her home was located on the corner of Hugh and Francis Streets, which was close to where I lived. I began a routine of stopping by there while walking home from high school. I enjoyed coming into her home and browsing the many items that filled her home. My typical visit at Miss Virginia's lasted 30-45 minutes. I remember her home being filled...

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