NO headline from NEP – Over the past few months, the local political process has become one in which discussion and inclusion have been squashed, and that really disappoints me. I remember a time when citizens had a chance to be heard on legislation affecting their livelihood. The citizens’ voices filled in gaps on issues that our elected officials simply could not know because they do not do the jobs of those their ordinances affect. Where have those times gone?
On July 8, the Fort Wayne City Council passed an ordinance directly affecting the 375 members of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association; however, our union had no advance notification of its submittal for passage, nor was our union invited to be heard on the matter. Without a voice, I do not believe that the value of our union was fully understood by the council.