City needs to step up, take over trash pickup
The city should take over trash pickup. Part of the problem is that many of the employees are not residents of Fort Wayne. They get their commercial driver's license, spend their six months, they move on. They are often away from their own families. They can find a job closer to home and at a higher salary. Truck drivers are needed everywhere.
If these employees were Fort Wayne residents, they would not be moving back to their homes in other states. They would become part of the Fort Wayne workforce. They would be able to receive vacation, insurance and retirement benefits from Fort Wayne. It would create a more stable workforce. They would know the area and be more involved in the city.
If it is not possible to take over the entire city at one time, the city could begin in one district and expand each year. Presently, there are five districts.
It is time to start something new. The city would be able to do this in the next five years. The present situation is not working. It is a headache for everyone.
Otherwise, we are paying for less service. We should be getting a refund.
Mary Kay Matasky
Much larger threat to our democracy
As a registered Republican, I put the Jan. 6 insurrection/riot on the same level as 9/11. While 9/11 took a lot more lives, Jan. 6 was a bigger threat to our democracy. It was much more than a “demonstration”! Those who deny this are sticking their heads in the sand.
Data points add up: City's on a roll
Two recent articles about Fort Wayne caught my attention.
The first was in Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly on Dec. 3, 2021, by Michael Hicks, professor of economics at Ball State. His article indicated that if you could choose a time and place to be born, that you would probably choose the United States, and the time would be now, when you would enjoy the highest income, longest lifespan and greatest opportunities.
The other article was in The Journal Gazette on July 5, 2021, indicating that Fort Wayne had observed the highest growth rate of any city in the Midwest, surpassing Indianapolis as No. 2 and Madison, Wisconsin as No. 3.
When you put these together with the significant projects underway in Fort Wayne, such as Electric Works, the Amazon warehouses and the Barrett & Stokely multi-use buildings being constructed downtown, one can see that Fort Wayne is flourishing, and while there are still problems to be solved, the city is indeed on a roll.
All of this reinforces the good choice my wife and I made about 60 years ago now to come to Fort Wayne to live after trying other cities.
A Jan. 7 op-ed piece misidentified the owner/chef of “a restaurant in a little town south of Fort Wayne, located very close to the railroad tracks.” Shambarger's was the restaurant, named after its proprietor, John Shambarger, in Redkey.