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 upcoming primary election will see several very interesting local races for county office. By far the most compelling to me, because of its influence and long-term consequences for Allen County government, is the County Commissioner's race. Commissioner Ed Rousseau has decided to retire after three decades of hard working, effective public service to our area. Part of Ed's reason for quitting now is no doubt influenced by his ongoing bout with cancer, which he has bravely and fiercely...

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You're probably aware that a special commission to review emergency medical services was recently appointed by Mayor Graham Richard. The Mayor and City Council members are concerned that the costs of providing EMS services to Fort Wayne's citizens have recently escalated. Costs per EMS run were up 17% between 2001 and 2002. Those who are transported via ambulance by our EMS service pay essentially all the costs—i.e. no significant tax funds are used to support our emergency system. The...

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While my administration and our community leaders have worked hard to achieve the lowest crime rates Fort Wayne has seen in over 20 years, we need to be ever mindful that sexual assault can still occur. Sexual assault crimes affect every member of our community. Educating our citizens and increasing awareness that there is help available for victims and their families is vitally important.

My Commission on Domestic Violence, Rape and Sexual Harassment and its three Task Forces was created to...

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The Wayne Township Office is proud of our reputation for helping those who help themselves. The Workfare Department in our office is a classic example of how combining missions to help needy segments within the community can produce many positive outcomes that benefit us far beyond the initial investment of our tax dollars.

One of the many duties of the Workfare Department is to inspect housing in Wayne Township for health and safety violations before assistance is granted to pay for rent, or...

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This will be a short article, just talking about what a legislator does when we are not in Session. I'll have to review this from the perspective of yours truly, since that's the best reference I have.

The longer you are in the Legislature, the more involved you become, and the more time you must devote to the job. In every legislator's case, there is always constituent service to which you must attend. That means returning many phone calls and e-mails, and helping those who need assistance in...

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Recent word from the federal government that Fort Wayne's 2003 flood victims won't be granted federal buyouts of their flood damaged property is very disturbing news. The homeowners who were flooded out are still going through a lot of misery from their experiences during the floods of 2003. When the U.S. government is able to spend many billions of dollars to rebuild Iraqi infrastructure it seems to me that we need to do a better job looking after our own citizens. Let me know what you...

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