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Turning Rust to Gold
By Jim Sack

I’ve read the recent book on Fort Wayne’s last 30 years of economic resurgence entitled Turning Rust to Gold. It is more a memoire than a documentary,...Read more

That's Just the Way He Is
By Jim Sack

That's Just the Way He Is: City Councilman Jason Arp came to mind the other day when we read of a heavily armed young man prancing around in a park so...Read more

Garbage Truck Derby
By Jim Sack

Think of this in your nice, quiet neighborhood – every day four or five garbage trucks rumble past your house.Envision your lovely neighborhood scente...Read more

Shadowy Saboteurs in Dark Alleys
By Jim Sack

Shadowy Saboteurs in Dark Alleys: It is becoming tiresome.On Indiana Business Journal two of the leaders of the effort to redevelop ye olde GE campus ...Read more

Fort Wayne is on the Move
By Jim Sack

Fort Wayne is on the Move: Cindy Joyner’s presentation to City Council on July 23rd was simply marvelous. She should be the marketing director for For...Read more

Wayne was a Slaver
By Jim Sack

My friend Jason Arp perplexes me.  He has done so more than a few times. When he first came on council one of his earliest efforts was an or...Read more

Red River
By Jim Sack

If any issue sinks the mayor’s re-election campaign it will be the ongoing debacle of garbage mis-collection. Most lucid Fort Wayners know the story o...Read more

Electric Works Anti-Climax
By Jim Sack

Electric Works Anti-Climax: Josh Parker and Kevan Biggs were to have been the dramatic stars of last night’s city council meeting, expected to level a...Read more

Balance in Representation
By Jim Sack

Balance in Representation: One of the rallying complaints of the American Revolution was “taxation without representation.  So lets take a look a...Read more

Lost Opportunity Cost
By Jim Sack

Lost Opportunity Cost: Trouble at Electric Works has delayed the Science Center planetarium.Let me explain.Electric Works is a multi-hundred million d...Read more

Skin Over Country
By Jim Sack

My erstwhile friend, Jim Banks, perplexes me.His image is the perfect Christian father, husband, community servant and keeper of the faith to which mo...Read more

Slap Down
By Jim Sack

Rarely does council defeat a tax abatement, but on May 28, 2019, they voted 6 to 1 against a firm, ElringKlinger. They company filed late for their ab...Read more

Two Candidates
By Jim Sack

Of the eight candidates running for four council seats two showed up at the Southwest Area Partnership, SWAP, meeting May 15, 2019.Taylor Vanover is a...Read more

Council, May 13, 2019
By Jim Sack

Council, May 13, 2019: In short, the new ordinance passed out of committee last night by council wants drone pilots to register their vehicles. Safety...Read more

What Happened to John Crawford
By Jim Sack

What Happened to John Crawford: Abortion and baggage, in short.  First, there is a litmus test within the Republican Party that every candid...Read more

Crazy Uncles Abound
By Jim Sack

When you vote for a mayor you’re not only electing that person but all their supporters, donors and political allies. It is like a marriage, where alo...Read more

Forgetting the History of Garbage
By Jim Sack

Forgetting the History of Garbage: One of the worst proposals I’ve heard from city council over the past decade came during the discussion of the Red ...Read more

Blowing Your Chance
By Jim Sack

Four candidates out of a possible six stood respectfully beside the lectern at the Fort Wayne Sport Club, their hands clasped awkwardly at crotch leve...Read more

West Jefferson Fight
By Jim Sack

The fight over the West Jefferson rezoning offers a few questions. The first question is why a good citizen would ever bother to volunteer to serve on...Read more

The Air We Breathe
By Jim Sack

But, the elephant in the room is in the air we breath and the water that flows under our bridges: Indiana is considered the most polluted state in the...Read more

Softening The Backbone
By Jim Sack

Softening The Backbone: Ah, Weakening the BackboneYears ago writer named Teddy White in his four Making of the President books chronicled presidential...Read more

Running Government Like a Business
By Jim Sack

Running Government Like a Business: A favorite chant of certain candidates is to run government like a business, with all the trappings of white shirt...Read more

Mr Jehl Goes To Berry Street
By Jim Sack

Mr Jehl Goes To Berry Street: Over the last seven years we’ve watched city council carefully, and learned more than a bit about the personalities and ...Read more

Let The Campaign Begin
By Jim Sack

Let The Campaign Begin: Candidate for mayor, city councilman, oncologist and trophy hunter John Crawford will become city council president next your ...Read more

Ambush
By Jim Sack

City Council: Members reluctantly voted last night to hold a bill to give $500k of Legacy money to Science Central for a planetarium, but not after a ...Read more