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.

The General Assembly is currently at its halfway point. The Senate has passed many legislative proposals aimed at improving our economy, schools and Hoosier workforce. Bipartisanship is strong in the Indiana Senate – 99 percent of bills passed with support from legislators on both sides of the aisle.

During the second half of the legislative session, the House of Representatives will consider Senate proposals, and House bills will be up for approval in the Senate. To become law, a bill must...

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When I graduated from high school, you could very easily find work at one of the businesses in or around Fort Wayne. Some of the wages allowed you to have many of the things you desired such as a nice home, a nice car, a retirement plan, and vacations. You could provide or help with secondary education for children.

Jobs were plentiful and easily obtained when I was young. Places like the Lincoln Life, International Harvester, Magnavox, B.F. Goodrich, Essex, Rea Magnet Wire, General Electric...

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I continue to be encouraged by the positive momentum we're seeing in the City of Fort Wayne.

A great example is a recent award we received from the National Community Development Association for "The Courtyard of Fort Wayne" apartments for foster youth in transition to adulthood.

The Courtyard is an exceptional community asset. It's an ideal public-private partnership designed to help some of our most vulnerable youth overcome obstacles and become successful adults.

The Courtyard is a $7.2...

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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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