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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.

NEIGHBORHOODS - MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR

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Good news about an issue of great importance to our neighborhoods. Sidewalks! I recently announced that the City of Fort Wayne has developed a three-pronged sidewalk improvement plan that will begin in the 2014 construction season. The plan will address sidewalk and safety needs and benefit property owners/taxpayers who previously engaged in cost-share sidewalk projects with the City.

The highlights of the 2014 sidewalk improvement plan are:

•Reconstruction of 10 miles of concrete street. As...

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VOTING - VOICE OF THE TOWNSHIP

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September may seem like an odd time to think about voting, but I was helping my nephew with his U.S. history assignment on voting and I became very excited about the process. My nephew and I discussed things such as legal obstacles, intimidation and violence used to deny citizens their vote in the past. Some states used such means as poll taxes, literacy tests, property ownership qualifications, and whites-only primaries to deny citizens their right to vote. Our country has come a long way...

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PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE AMONG TEENS: A GROWING TREND - STRAIGHT FROM THE SENATE

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More than one million Hoosiers over the age of 12 – that's one-fifth of the state's population – admit to abusing prescription drugs at least once in their lives. This statistic, reported by the Indiana University Center for Health Policy, is certainly a cause for concern. In fact, more people abuse prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and inhalants combined.

Commonly abused prescription drugs include opioids like hydrocodone, anti-depressants and stimulants such as Adderall...

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ANNUAL LABOR DAY CELEBRATION - VOICE OF THE TOWNSHIP

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I recently enjoyed attending the Annual Labor Day Celebration in Headwaters Park organized by the Northeast Indiana Central Labor Council. The weather was beautiful, and it seemed like thousands were there. I saw people I knew and people I didn't know but enjoyed talking with. There were folks there in all walks of life: people with fine homes and homeless people; those with great jobs and those who were unemployed, veterans and civilians, men and women, boys and girls—all coming together to...

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CALLING ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS, RECENT GRADS - STRAIGHT FROM THE SENATE

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Are you or is someone you know a college student in need of an internship? The Indiana State Senate is looking for passionate, hard-working students to share their talents during the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly.
The Senate Republican Caucus offers paid, spring-semester internships to college undergraduates, graduate students and recent college graduates. Interns work directly with Indiana legislators at the Statehouse, located in downtown Indianapolis.

This is not your typical...

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PUBLIC WORKS - MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR

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I recently joined members of our Public Works Department, our elected officials and community and neighborhood leaders to unveil planned improvements to the City's transportation system. The recent announcement was made possible by the leadership of my Administration, the Fiscal Policy Group, neighborhood and business leaders, and the members of City Council, who supported and passed a financial plan for the future. This forward-thinking plan calls for the $13.6 million that will be available...

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