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Is there a Shoaff agenda for State Boulevard?

There is an issue that I think needs to be brought to light on the State Boulevard project.

At the Core Group meeting in October, Councilman John Shoaff, D-at large, brought up using a roundabout at State Boulevard and Clinton Street along with a redesign of the entire project.

My issue is that Shoaff spoke as if he has public support for the redesign of the State Boulevard project and the support of many neighborhood leaders to redesign this project to fit the vision he and his supporters have. As a neighborhood president, I have not had one call or any information from Shoaff about his vision for the redesign of the State Boulevard project.

As a councilman at large, Shoaff represents all of Fort Wayne and not just people who agree with him. Am I correct or does Shoaff have some underlying agenda for his vision of a redesign and roundabout for State Boulevard?

The much bigger issue is that I thought that the State Boulevard project had the support of the public and that the project was moving ahead as designed. Has Shoaff hijacked the public processes and is working to his own agenda to prevent the project from starting ?


Off-track betting has no place in New Haven

As long-time New Haven residents and Christians who believe that gambling is a sin, we disagree with Mayor Terry McDonald’s comments with regard to off-track betting, “Track looks to move OTB to New Haven,” (Dec. 7).

We also are embarrassed with New Haven’s lax smoking regulations.

McDonald’s comment, “We want people to invest here. We love it” does not include every business nor is it every resident’s opinion.


Ritz not leading; baseless accusations must stop

State Board of Education members and Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Rit recently participated in a strategic planning meeting and an orientation session led by national consultants.

Optimism over board progress made with the help of these consultants diminished quickly when Ritz walked directly out of the board’s public orientation to hold a news conference accusing the governor of yet another attempt to usurp her authority.

Her claim is based on an Oct. 3 email mined from a closed DOE email account previously belonging to a current member of the governor’s staff. The email consisted of draft recommendations for reorganizing the governance structure of the state board. Such recommendations had been rejected by Gov. Mike Pence, who told Ritz of his decision.

The recurrence of unsupported accusations by Ritz must stop. She routinely casts aspersions against her fellow board members. Perhaps of greater concern than unsupported claims is the absence of leadership as chair of the state board. Completion of tasks such as the evaluation and adoption of standards, state assessment development, issuance of school letter grades, and revisions to Indiana’s A-F accountability system have been compromised by the lack of adherence to established meeting procedures and basic meeting rules.

BRAD OLIVER SBOE Member 6th Congressional District Muncie