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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.

THE VOICE OF THE TOWNSHIP

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With the winter season upon us, a solid plan is necessary to best help those in need. My staff and I have been actively involved in this years planning process within our office as well as in the community. The Fort Wayne area has seen a substantial increase in those families needing assistance to make it through the difficult cold weather months.

For the third year in a row, Wayne Township has partnered with CANI (Community Action of Northeast Indiana, Inc.) to help enroll our clients who...

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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR DAVID LONG

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As many of you know, there is a big problem trying to put together this year's budget. The reason is simple: the State is out of money. We are officially, as of this writing, approximately $850 million dollars short of the money required to pay for the 2001-2003 budget. Translated, we are taking in $850 million dollars less than we are spending. And while the economy is beginning to show signs of life again, the improvement is not going to get us out of this mess.

The past two years, the State...

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COUNCILMAN’S CORNER

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Congrats to Mayor Graham Richard and his team of real estate experts for making a major breakthrough regarding the future of Southtown Mall! As I am sure you've heard Menards has made a preliminary commitment to build a retail facility at Southtown. Getting to this point has been a long and challenging process with several false starts but I'm optimistic that real progress will now be made. As I've said many times, I feel sure that citizens of the south side, as well as, those throughout...

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MAYOR GRAHAM RICHARD

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Because it was such a success last year, I will again be presenting Reports to the People instead of a State of the City address this year. The meetings allow for more personal, interactive and accessible communication with the residents of Fort Wayne.

I plan to make several presentations at locations throughout Fort Wayne. The reports will be targeted toward specific groups, including neighborhoods, businesses, non-profit groups and the City's youth. In each meeting, I will touch on the...

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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR DAVID LONG

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My 15-year old son Adam wanted one thing for Christmas—a new computer. According to him, all his friends had one in their rooms. The family computer in my den was OK; its just that having his own machine to stay in touch with his friends on the internet; do his homework; and watch DVD movies—well, to him, that was the most important thing in the world.

Besides, my den had become his second home. Todays teenagers are addicted to instant messaging, i.e. the ability to chat back and forth between...

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COUNCILMAN’S CORNER

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Happy New Year to all of the readers of the Waynedale News! As you are aware, the holiday season was ushered in by a great snowfall which hung around a few days so kids on winter break could enjoy some winter weather which seemed like the weather of 10 or 20 years ago. As usual the heavy snow on Christmas Eve had its negative side as well...the challenge of keeping our roads and streets open so each of us could make it to church or our job or the grocery store. The recent snow was probably...

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