Waynedale Politial Commentaries

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As a parent, it's heartbreaking to hear about families who have lost a child due to drug or alcohol abuse. Unfortunately, dangerous behaviors, like binge drinking, are far too common among young people, especially on college campuses.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, more than one in five high school students has reported binge drinking, and more than two dozen Hoosiers under the age of 21 have died from alcohol poisoning in the last ten years.

Though...

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The cold temperatures that we've been experiencing will result in higher heating bills for many of us. Here are some tips that will help maintain a lower heating bill. Turn down the thermostat. Turn down the temperature on your water heater. Turn fans off as soon as they've done their jobs. Close off seldom-used rooms and close the heating vents inside. Remove rugs or furniture away from your vents. Open curtains and shades on south-facing windows during the day to allow solar radiation to warm...

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I was honored to be in Waynedale recently to announce that 13 local businesses will receive 2014 Commercial Façade Grants. This year's awardees will receive $303,859 in City funding and have pledged to contribute just over $1.1 million in private investment to make improvements on their properties.

Our Commercial Façade Grant program helps local businesses invest in our community and provide a welcoming atmosphere for their customers. This program ensures that our commercial corridors remain...

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For Hoosier high school students, college is just around the corner. More jobs today require a college degree or some type of post-secondary training, and financially planning for this next step can be daunting.

College costs remain far too high, and too many students leave college saddled with burdensome debt or fail graduate at all. State leaders are committed to making sure post-secondary education is attainable and affordable for all Hoosiers, but there are steps students and their...

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I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on our efforts to make flood protection improvements.

On February 19, the Board of Public Works approved a contract for the construction of a stormwater project to provide increased protection for properties on Fernwood Avenue, Dalevue Drive and Prairie Grove Drive. The area has experienced chronic flooding.

Crosby Excavating will be the contractor for the $422,000 project, which will begin this spring. The bid covers the construction of a...

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When I was a small child, the mention of Billy the Kid caused my playmates and I to become excited, and we would pretend to shoot at one another. Often there would be a long drawn out shooting contest with one or more of us falling down to the ground pretending to be dead.

I recently viewed a PBS documentary on Billy the Kid. The story of Billy's life caused me to think about young people who are serving time for homicide. A young man that I know falls in this category, and it seems very odd...

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