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.

This Article is expected to be sent to all the major newspapers in Indiana, with a special explanatory set of bullet points for the editorial boards of those papers. However, the article is debuting in The Waynedale News. As the Chairman of the Indiana Sentencing Reform Commission, and the author of the Forensic Diversion legislation, I am charged with the task of explaining where the State is currently headed with the reform of its correctional system. The Forensic Diversion program is the...

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Recently there's been quite a bit of controversy regarding the route of the Three Rivers Festival Parade. After the parade route was changed over 500 residents of the West Central Neighborhood Association signed a petition asking the TRF Board to resume routing the festival parade down W. Wayne Street through the West Central area. Unfortunately, after some consideration, the festival board declined the request. Some might think that this issue isn't important unless you happen to be a...

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Plans Underway for Veteran's Stand Down & Healthy Cities Health Fair

 

Wayne Township is proud to announce that the 14th annual Healthy Cities Health Fair & 8th Annual Veteran's Stand Down will once again be held at our main office located at 320 East Superior Street. This event has grown substantially each and every year since finding a home in our building, and we are very thankful to our tremendous community partners whose efforts have resulted in an experience equivalent to the level of...

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The Fort Wayne City Council has recently begun discussions about how to deal with the makeup of Council districts in the face of the pending Aboite annexation. They are right to deal with the issue now. With the annexation, the Fourth District, represented by Dr. Tom Hayhurst, would absorb the entire group of new city residents, leaving his district with approximately 61,000 people, versus around 36,000 for the other five. That imbalance requires action by the Council to re-set the numbers. We...

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State Senate President Pro Tempore Bob Garton (R-Columbus) announced the appointment of State Senator David Long (R-Fort Wayne) to the Government Efficiency and Financing Study Commission.

The General Assembly formed the commission during the 2004 session with a bill authored by Long. The commission plans to study local government financing and structure as well as efficient methods of providing necessary services to the public. The panel will also specifically examine Fort Wayne and Allen...

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Ranking among the top 5 most historically significant courthouses in the U. S. is our very own Fort Wayne treasure.   In the background stands the majestic Lincoln Tower.

Last week, I had the opportunity to walk around downtown Fort Wayne with a couple of out-of-towners, explaining how it used to look in the early 1980's, as compared to its current appearance. The two visitors were Senate colleagues who were also members of the State Budget Committee, which was meeting in Fort Wayne the next day. We were heading to Rib Fest, and I became a kind of tour guide to and from their hotel.

This evening stroll, combined with the need to explain the history of various...

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