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.

In this year of 2016, the state of Indiana’s two hundredth birthday, I have been thinking a lot about history and about how knowing history can really give a better perspective on things. I think about my own family’s history here in Indiana, and I think their experiences had a lot to do with how I feel about education and my work ethic.

My great-great uncles migrated to Indiana from Southern Alabama in 1915, a time when many African-American families were moving north to find better...

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Memorial Day is right around the corner – a holiday providing extra time with family and friends, outdoor barbeques and the unofficial start of summer in the Hoosier state.

But most importantly, we must use this day to pause and reflect, and remember the veterans that have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom and way of life.

Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, honors the men and women who died defending our country. It became an official federal holiday in...

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For the third year in a row, the City of Fort Wayne will see record investments in street, sidewalk, ADA ramp and trail upgrades. Our aggressive commitment to neighborhood improvements will result in 500 projects being completed in 2016.

More than $25 million will go to neighborhood infrastructure enhancements. In the past three years, we’ve committed more than $75 million in neighborhood public works improvements.

The road, street and trail construction projects will help to support...

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Each of us controls what we prioritize in life. A top priority for all of us should be ensuring that our basic necessities are being met. Basic necessities, according to the Indiana law that governs Township Trustee services, include such things as food, shelter, essential utilities, needed household items, clothing and footwear, and medical care. When an individual applies to us for assistance, all members of the household must show how their recent income has been expended. We expect clients...

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In recent months, we’ve seen several stories in the news about horrific crimes committed against Hoosier children.

Some of our most vulnerable citizens have been victims of abuse or neglect at the hands of those entrusted to care for them at daycares and schools. Where parents should have peace of mind knowing their children are in safe hands, children have been put in harm’s way, leading to injury and even death.

This legislative session, I supported three measures in the Indiana General...

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We had a great time at the recent launch of the new Bike Share program in Fort Wayne. It’s a partnership between the City of Fort Wayne, Leadership Fort Wayne and Zagster, Inc.

The Bike Share program includes 25 cruiser bikes that are available at five downtown locations for riders to checkout for on-demand, local trips. Anyone can ride by purchasing a day pass or joining with a monthly or annual membership. Rides for members are free for up to an hour, then $3 per hour after. An annual...

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