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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.

FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR DAVID LONG

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This week, I will be meeting with several different groups to discuss the future of downtown Fort Wayne. As many of you know, there have been many attempts in the past to come up with a plan to revitalize our downtown area. People look at what has been done in Indianapolis, and they say "Why not here?" No doubt about it, Indy has been transformed from a cow-town in the '70s to a vibrant, dynamic downtown destination today. They did it with a cohesive political, business and charitable...

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COUNCILMAN’S CORNER

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There's been quite a bit of public discussion regarding a neighbor to about everyone on the south side of Fort Wayne—Kitty Hawk Airlines. As you probably know, Kitty Hawk is an air cargo carrier that hauls materials in and out of FW International Airport (FWIA) on a daily basis and employs several hundred local residents. They appreciate the fact that they have been treated well by Fort Wayne and by the airport and they also make good use of the 12,000 ft. runway at FWIA that rivals the...

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MAYOR GRAHAM RICHARD

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I would like to take the opportunity in this issue of the Waynedale News to share with you all of the wonderful summer recreation activities offered by the City of Fort Wayne's Parks and Recreation Department. No matter what your interests or what your age, you will find something exciting in Fort Wayne Parks this summer.

The City has 87 parks covering more than 2,000 acres. Foster Park, in southwest Fort Wayne along the St. Mary's River, is one of the city's largest recreational facilities...

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THE VOICE OF THE TOWNSHIP

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In the last Voice of the Township I began to describe the various duties of our workfare department. This department is also responsible for home inspections. The Indiana statute allows Township trustees to inspect property for applicants who request assistance with shelter payments. Wayne Township requires that all property meet a minimum housing safety standard before any expenditure of township funds can be approved. All of our Township inspectors have been trained using‑Neighborhood Code...

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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR DAVID LONG

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Many of you have already read about the successful completion of the 2003 legislative session. While success is always in the eye of the beholder, lets explore why I believe this year's Session, which created a two year budget, was good for both our community and our state.

First, looking at the big picture, we are one of 45 states that are facing a serious financial pinch as a result of the ongoing recession. In fact, Indiana has lost more jobs per capita than any state in the country, so it...

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COUNCILMAN’S CORNER

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There's been quite a bit of discussion recently about the importance of new jobs in this national recession (as it's now being called) in which we find ourselves. That's absolutely correct; without good jobs we can't fund good schools, build roads, have decent housing, finance our police and fire departments, etc. I've written in the past regarding our great new Grand Wayne Center scheduled to open in 2005. It isn't mentioned often but it's a fact that the $100 million being spent on the...

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