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.

On July 12th, the State closed the books for Fiscal Year 2004. According to official figures released by the State Budget Agency, Indiana is expected to have a "surplus", or reserve, of just $300 million dollars on June 30, 2005—the close of the budget cycle we have just begun. This means the reserve will have declined by nearly $2 billion since 1998!

The problem is that state spending has been exceeding state revenues for the past several years, and that continues to be the case today. We...

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On Wednesday, August 18, members of our fire, police and emergency service providers were called into action for an incident that closed Fort Wayne International Airport. While most people were still sleeping, these first responders were making decisions to ensure the safety of our community. Ten hours later, the airport reopened, and life returned to normal with a sigh of relief that a major catastrophe had been averted.

As public officials continue the process of debriefing, I want to take...

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I'm concerned about the future of the local VA Hospital. The federal government recently decided to shut down the inpatient beds at the VA. This decision was based at least in part on data regarding current utilization of those inpatient beds. For years veterans have been told not to go to the VA emergency room if they are ill and they have been discouraged from utilizing the VA Hospital for inpatient care; that fact has obviously affected the VA's statistics. There are tens of thousands of...

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As I enter my sixth year as Wayne Township Trustee, I think back about how successful my office has been at achieving my goal of developing community partnerships. These collaborations are vital in the problem-solving process because they incorporate multiple viewpoints and ideas. Many of our successes have been a direct result of joining together with other government, not-for-profit, and religious organizations. Throughout the year I have been able to give examples of how Wayne Township...

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Greetings! I hope you've had a great summer! Things have been fairly quiet in the 4th District (which extends from the airport on the south to Goshen Road on the north and Covington Shopping Center on the west to the West Central area on the east) this summer. The crime rate remains low in the "Waynedale News" area but one particular problem continues to stand out—thefts from vehicles parked at shopping centers and similar sites. Our excellent Fort Wayne Police Department officers are...

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Strengthening Our Community Through Cooperation

 

We here at the Wayne Township Trustee's Office recognize that the needs of our community cannot be met by only one agency. There are many organizations that make up that fabric of social service, and recent years national policies have shifted to recognize the value of charitable and faith-based organizations that work with government. With an ever-expanding indigent population, the coordination of services is essential to maximize...

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