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 Hoosiers, we understand how important it is to assist our veterans and create the best environment for them to succeed when they return home from service.

Early last year, president and CEO of the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation, Charles Haenlein, said that the state unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans is 20 percent. This is unacceptably high. We must focus all our energies on decreasing this number by helping our service men and women attain meaningful, well-paying jobs...

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As we're all well aware, we've been dealing with a difficult winter season.

I want to take the this opportunity to extend a heartfelt thank you to the City employees who were involved in keeping our City safe during the winter storm that hit Fort Wayne in early January. We saw snow and temperatures that we haven't experienced in years.

It was great to see teamwork and excellent execution of our emergency plans. Our Public Works, Public Safety, City Utilities, and 311 departments really...

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On January 2, 2014, our new Chief of Police Garry Hamilton was sworn in. Garry is someone I know personally, and I have high hopes for him in his new position. Some of our citizens hope that Chief Hamilton will be able to bring about a decrease in the number of homicides in our city. This is a huge task for anyone or for any group of individuals. You can put the best minds and the best law enforcement officials together, and it would not be easy for them to come up with a quick way to reduce...

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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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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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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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