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 outlined at my recent State of the City Address, the City of Fort Wayne’s Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services is working with the non-profit agency NeighborLink to help more residents make home repairs.

A $120,000 federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) will assist NeighborLink in completing up to 40 projects for homeowners that meet income qualifications. Projects up to $5,000 in both labor and material cost will be considered.

“One of our priorities is to ensure Fort...

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It’s March again, when Americans celebrate many things including the first day of spring, Easter and Disability Awareness Month. Along with hanging posters and participating in other events, I would like in this column to share some information that I received from Indiana’s Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. As an employer and as trustee of an office that serves the general public I found the following not only informative but eye-opening and an inspiration to keep working toward...

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Like millions of Americans, I was appalled last year to watch videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing how the organs of aborted children were preserved and sold to medical researchers.

More recently, an Indianapolis television outlet reported that MedAssure, a medical waste facility on the city’s west side, had received aborted fetuses from a Missouri Planned Parenthood clinic despite MedAssure’s state permit banning them from accepting or processing fetal remains.

MedAssure...

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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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