Push is coming to shove on the matter of city finances. Last night at our beloved city council it was a chance for city employees to respond to the administration’s proposals before city council.
Carol Helton, the clear-spoken and adept city attorney, and hard-working city Controller Pat Roller were front and center for the administration [...]
When Mitch Harper is angered his eyebrows raise to give him a hawk-like look. His hairline pulls back and his ears lay closer to his head. It is a menacing look. That is what other members of council saw last night as the councilman from Aboite swooped in on an unsuspecting City Utilities consultant. The matter [...]
Two pieces by two Russian composers working a century apart, both a bit bombastic, loud, aggressive, and unsettling, not unlike the Russians themselves. Tchaikovsky’s , however, mixed melody in a sweeping, majestic flight of romance. Here is a link to a different performance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AMmPNNPzyc Romance was totally missing in the piece by Shostakovitch. Continue Reading →
City council voted last night to put some of your tax dollars to work for a private developer. The announced cost will be a bit under a million dollars, one can guess that will eventually be spent.
My good friend Greg Leatherman, who runs the Redevelopment Commission and who has been the target of withering, [...]Continue Reading →
Our national hubris could be our national downfall. North Korea sink the USA? Never can happen most seem to think, laughing at their outdated military hardware.
Yet have we not before made the mistake of underestimating Asia, of planning to fight wars gone by (in that case WW1) while our foes planned for the war [...]Continue Reading →
Dr. John Crawford asked a new question last night concerning tax abatements: what is the tax savings to the company. He could have reversed the question a bit and asked how much will this cost all other tax payers.
Dr. Crawford is one of three councilmen-at-large, a sort of local version of a senator, elected [...]Continue Reading →
Controller Pat Roller, Andy Downs of the Downs Center, John Stafford of IPFW and others presented last night on the very complex tax policy changes that are coming to Fort Wayne and all of Allen County. It was a superb, but bewildering presentation punctuated by scores of questions and caveats that point to the highly [...]Continue Reading →
I am still confused, and I think everybody in the room at last night’s city council was challenged to understand the lengthy PowerPoint presentation given by the city controller as introduction to the 2014 city budget debate.
For the past year a task force, the Fiscal Policy Group, has worked in private to reform the [...]Continue Reading →
Actor, director and producer LeVar Burton, star of such renowned projects as Reading Rainbow, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Roots, will be the featured speaker for the Fort Wayne Educational Opportunity Center’s 35th anniversary fundraiser on Wednesday, April 17.
“LeVar Burton has translated his movie and television fame into a passion for making early [...]Continue Reading →
And, Marty Bender was just that, Frank. He called Tracy Neumeister, director of internal audits for the city, everything but the pickled behind of a three-legged skunk. Among the toasts offered were: “inquisition…make work… you seldom get it… (more) make work… a waste of time… running roughshod… extremely rude… (the audits were) pretty much a [...]Continue Reading →