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.

Enrollment in the federal Affordable Care Act's insurance overhaul begins October 1, and many questions remain. What insurance plans will be offered in the online exchange? How high will the premiums be? Will this insurance process be more effective than current systems? And the list goes on.

Thankfully, the federal government has finally answered one uncertainty in regards to Indiana's health-care offerings: The Healthy Indiana Plan will continue providing affordable health-care insurance to...

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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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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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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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I recently announced that the City of Fort Wayne is accepting bids for the construction and installation of 54 "wayfinding" signs throughout the community – as part of a Legacy Fort Wayne initiative.

The signs will be located on primary transportation corridors throughout the city. Each sign will provide directions to major destinations frequented by out-of-town visitors – such as Downtown, Parkview Field, Jefferson Pointe and the Fort Wayne International Airport. The sign locations and...

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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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