Monday, April 14, 2014

and slide baby slide, to the left, to the left, now dip baby dip!

Earlier I covered the possibilities of this taking hold  (14th of February) and now the construction has begun:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Work to transform I-69's DuPont Road interchange into a diverging diamond begins Monday.

According to traffic engineers, a diverging diamond uses traffic signals to direct vehicles from the right side of the road to the left. They say that makes left turns as easy as a traditional right turn.

With the diverging diamond, crews will reduce the speed limit to 35 mph on DuPont Road and put in lane restrictions on the northbound I-69 off ramp to DuPont.

The $3.5 million project is estimated to take all summer and most of the fall to complete.
In the meantime, drivers can use alternative routes, such as the new Union Chapel Road interchange at Exit 317, to avoid delays.
 
http://www.indianasnewscenter.com/news/local/Construction-Of-Diverging-Diamond-On-DuPont-Begins-255108521.html

That is one expensive little rodent

$300,000 worth of damage and $50,000 out of pocket expenses at the McMillen Community Center for our Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department which is already under a budget shortfall because City Council forgot to budget in 25 new firefighters and the cost of salt and ice melt this year. One would think that a two million dollar renovation Legacy Fund paid project would have included more incidental protections put in to place; but then again at the rate City Council is trying to repetitively waste away this precious resource for the Citizens of Fort Wayne at 200,000 increments, who cares about 350,000 in damaged property and resources.

http://www.indianasnewscenter.com/news/local/Squirrel-Causes-300000-To-Legacy-Fund-Project-254895861.html

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

A New Big Deal

Obamacare has been a huge success, but it doesn't go far enough. Food is more important than healthcare and contraceptives put together. It's time that employers be made to provide food insurance for their employees. There is no debate here, food is so medically necessary that 9 out of 10 doctors recommend it. And I'm still waiting to hear back from that 10th doctor because come on. Maybe I'll need chemotherapy or surgery in the distant future or maybe I won't, but I can say with 100 certainty that I'll need food around noon and again in the evening.

While some might argue that a single payer food plan is needed, that won't happen until we are as progressive as North Korea. The for-profit agricultural industry still has a strangle hold in this country, so we'll have to broker some sort of plan that will make them wealthier before it collapses entirely. And it has to collapse entirely. If a plan actually solves a problem by 2016, how can we campaign on that issue in 2020?

Friday, March 28, 2014

What ever happened to the Oversight Tax Review Board for Allen County?

Just so everyone is clear, the legislation on Business Personal Property Tax Repeal at the local level, signed by Governor Pence is not in effect yet, it will not take effect until 2015.

The Allen County Auditor's Office's page defines the BPPT as:

"Personal property abatements are for equipment or machinery used for the production, manufacturing, fabrication, assembly, or processing of other personal property. In addition, equipment used for research and development, information technology systems and on site logistical equipment are eligible for abatement. Used equipment can qualify for abatement if not previously used and taxed in Indiana. Like the real property abatement, deductions for personal property can be granted for a period up to ten years."
The difference with this legislation is that it expands the abatement process for up to twenty years and can be applied "to either exempt new equipment from the business personal property tax, eliminate the tax on small businesses or abate the tax on specific projects for up to 20 years." The legislation also provides for the creation of a commission "this summer to "evaluate a broad range of tax issues and their impact on local governments"

While I dont agree completely with The Kernan Shepherd Report they did stipulate some very practical remedies: 

"... County governments should be led by a single county executive and a stronger county council, to whom professionally qualified administrators should report and be accountable. The services presently performed by township personnel should be transferred to the county governments. Only elected officials should have the power to levy taxes. All spending, including school spending, should be subject to more rigorous examination by elected officials. And Indiana’s school districts should be large enough to gather sufficient resources to educate our children for twenty - first century life." (page 2)"

"With more than 3,200 independent local governments, our complex system of boundaries, (10,000+) officeholders and taxing authorities makes it increasingly difficult for citizens to affect local government services or the taxes that pay for them." (page 3, bottom paragraph) 
Originally recommended by the Kernan Shepherd Report, and it was supposedly passed, that each County was allowed to have an Oversight Tax Review Board, which could look at multiple jurisdictions fiscal requests and then order the new request by a fiscal agent of the taxing jurisdiction to revise their budget and or the new taxes requested, but I cant find anything to stipulate that Allen County put such a Review and Oversight Board in place. Half of the fiscal abuse issues in Fort Wayne and Allen County would be resolved over a years time if such an oversight board existed and kept all the fiscal and taxing jurisdictions in check.

The remainder of the tax and tax abatement issues could be resolved by everyone following an ethical pattern for such abatements, or perish the thought, using this new found authority from the State, and eliminate or severely reduce across the board all business property and personal property taxes, but that would probably be too Libertarian of a view pointe for Fort Wayne City Council to loose their rubber stamp or their pet projects power and control. Lastly why cant Fort Wayne utilize the Allen County process when every other incorporated City does so as well rather than playing crony capitalist and holding up a carrot that has been half molded by the elements of pay for play politics:

The Allen County economic development staff uses a point system to objectively evaluate applications for ERA designation and determine a recommendation for the abatement period. The Allen County Council or appropriate fiscal body makes the final determination. Through professional services agreements, the Allen County economic development staff administers the county's tax abatement program for the cities of New Haven and Woodburn, and the towns of Grabill, Huntertown, and Monroeville. The City of Fort Wayne has its own economic development staff that administers its tax abatement program within its corporate boundaries."

Kernan Shepherd Report refers to the final report on the 10th of December 2007, by the Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform, http://indianalocalgovreform.iu.edu/assets/docs/Report_12-10-07.pdf .... Here is the most recent news coverage I could find regarding the very slow implementation of the KSR across the State dated from March 2012,which to give a basic summary, after five years at that time, only thirty three percent considered or even implemented. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

LPAC ANNUAL CONVENTION

Sunday, 13th of April, 2014 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Teppanyaki Grill
285 State Road 930/Coliseum Blvd East
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825

This location is next to Dick's Sporting Goods across from Glenbrook Square Mall in the old Circuit City. We will be meeting in the Front Party Room Area
Dinner Buffet $10.99 each person Kids 3-6 yo $5.25 7-10 yo $6.25

::PLEASE RSVP HERE:: 

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Russia and Ukraine

Putin is wrong for invading Ukraine. The best way that we can show that it is wrong to deploy troops into a smaller country without the host government's permission is to close our base in Guantanimo Bay and withdraw from Cuba.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Fort Wayne may lose A-10's. Oh well!

The Pentagon is considering removing the A-10's from Fort Wayne due to military spending cuts. The A-10 is a slow moving attack plane designed to withstand intense fire from the ground as it destroys enemy tanks. I would be upset by this move, except that enemy tanks have never been a problem here in the Midwest or anywhere else in North America.

Even if you're the type of person who stays up late worrying about hijacked airliners, the A-10 Warthogs won't help you sleep any better. With a top speed of 439 mph, the Warthog is actually slower than many commercial jetliners.

And even if you think government spending helps the economy, why not push for spending on projects that directly benefit taxpayers? Seriously, I can't imagine anyone of any coherent belief system thinking that A-10's in Fort Wayne are a great idea. But if you're out there, feel free to leave a comment below.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

201st Composite Squadron, under new Command, looking for new Recruits. Do you have what it takes to be a part of the Civil Air Patrol?

A FEW GOOD MEN AND WOMEN ARE NEEDED FOR CIVIL AIR PATROL: 

Fort Wayne’s 201st Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol has a new commander. Lt. John Deitrick is seeking cadet recruits (high school students up to age 18) and senior recruits (ages 18+). For those who didn’t know that Fort Wayne had Civil Air Patrol or for those wanting more info on how to get involved, please visit: http://www.capglrin201.com/

NEXT BUSINESS MEETING

The next Business Meeting for the Libertarian Party of Allen County, Indiana will be held on Saturday the 8th of February, 2014 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Kroger Marketplace in the Village at Coventry near the intersection of US 24 and I69 mile marker 302. The meeting room is near the Deli area to the south side of the store in a front alcove area. If you arrive before seven they have a hot food and salad bar there that closes when the meeting starts the food is good and reasonably priced. You may RSVP via the EVENT PAGE via FACEBOOK although doing so is not required but definitely appreciated. On a side note we are up to 83 followers on the Facebook Page too. If there are any questions please contact the Outgoing Vice Chair/Incoming Secretary, Kenneth White, Jnr. at 260-312-2200 and leave a message or our Chair Douglas Horner at 260-704-4698. Thank you in advance for your attendance and continued support.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Should Congress decriminalize football for medical reasons?

It's a scientifically known fact that the recreational use of football can lead to broken bones and traumatic brain damage. It has even been linked to obesity and heart attacks. And yet many young people indulge in this pastime. President Ford even admitted to playing football when he was in college. While I wouldn't go so far to insist that recreational uses of football be legalized, the federal government should at least allow football to be regulated for medical purposes on the state level.


Ok, so this is obvious satire. But over a century ago, President Teddy Roosevelt had considered pushing a ban on football. Aren't you glad he didn't do that? Shouldn't adults be allowed to decide what sort of risks they take for their own pleasure?

Monday, December 23, 2013

Why even elected officials need to be worried about domestic spying.

Here's a hypothetical scenario: It's 2019, and the 45th President of the United States already has re-election on his or her mind. Somewhere inside NSA headquarters, there is an analyst who believes in his work, and sincerely believes that he has the nation's best interests at heart. This analyst thinks that some of 45POTUS's policies are leading the nation to disaster.

He can't wiretap the White House's phones, because that would just send up too many red flags. But he might be able to access cell phone records and browsing histories of the President's supporters, business associates, donors, that guy with dreadlocks whom the President knew in college, etc. And that analyst could potential find information that may not be incriminating, but it's still embarrassing.

You think a government employee won't try to blackmail the President? It not only can happen, it has happened before. Pick the worst President you can think of, and that's still not as bad as an unelected bureaucrat who doesn't have to worry about being fired or arrested.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Regarding recent handshakes

How the hell do you make an entire news story out of just one handshake? That is something that world leaders are expected to do on a regular basis. If you really are worried about human rights in Cuba, there are other measures that the US government can take. 1. End the embargo and allow US grown food and consumer goods into Cuba. People tend to be a lot less radical while holding an electronic device on a full stomach. 2. End the travel ban. Let idiot college students see first hand just what it is that they are in favor of. They might even appreciate the irony that the cars on the streets of Havana have more capitalist origins than most cars currently produced in the US. 3. Close the prison in Gitmo. Raul Castro cannot be blamed for every human rights violation in his own country. Someday soon, natural causes will succeed where the CIA failed and the Castro dynasty will come to an end. We can influence what happens next by setting a good example and leaving the Cold War in the past.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Cracking the knuckles to buckle down in 2014 Midterm General Elections. Are you ready to make the difference in politics as usual?

Ken Heare is one potential candidate in 2014 for the Libertarian Party of Indiana in the Third Congressional District currently held by Republican Congressman Marlin Stutzman.

Please be reminded that no candidacy is official until the person is selected by the State or County Party respectively, typically during the Annual Convention, held in the Spring. The Annual State and County Conventions are yet to be announced but that doesnt stop you from finding out what is required ahead of time. If you also wish to consider running for any office in 2014, please contact either our 3rd District Central Committee Coordinator and Libertarian Party of Allen County, Indiana Chairman, Douglas Horner at 260-704-4698, or our State Party Chair, Dan Drexler, or Executive Director, by calling 317-920-1994.

For more information please visit: http://lpin.org/run-for-office/candidate-training/

Securing The Blessings Of Liberty,

Kenneth White Jnr,
Vice Chair, LPAC 


How much is the Congress Member in the Window; I wonder if they are for sale? Congressional Pay: Does 30 dollars an hour sound fair to you?

Congress works a third to a half less then our kids are forced to be in school. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/10/31/1252118/-House-Republicans-announce-how-many-days-they-ll-work-next-year-hint-not-very-many?

So $174,000 divided by 12 months is $14,500 Does Congress need a paycut? ..... I think so.
 
That is $14,500 per month per all 537 Member of Congress minimum. Even pulling 15 hour days times the typical twelve days per month scheduled next year plus and extra 3 days per two week intervals for constituent (that is you the voter) issues and travel time to and from their Congressional District (18 rd days =6.5+12), means that each member of Congress earns at least $805.55r for every minimum working and traveling day and if you go by per diem (each day of the month avg. 30.5) they received a stipend from your tax dollars of $475.41ru. So based on those two numbers $805 and $475 per day divided by 15 hours, each member of Congress at minimum receives an hourly wage of $53.66 per hour or $31.66 per hour.

Even going off the basic work schedule of 113 days the per diem would set at an astonishing $1,539.82 and that is without modifiers and allotments provided. Let us force them to drop their hourly rate by Statute and Amendment to twice the level of the minimum wage but still tagged to inflation and see how fast they raise it for everyone else now.

Chuga Chuga Woohoo!! Is passenger rail a Legacy we can afford or sustain in Fort Wayne?

I know that I would love to take a day trip to Chicago or Indy: museums, movies, plays, shopping, etc. and not have to worry about driving back home after all that walking, with all those packages, after eating a really really big meal, and partying/drinking up at Boystown or Gregs respectfully. Having a Red Light Shuttle back to Fort Wayne would be amazeballs and I could sleep and sober up on the way back get in my car and drive home too.

The other problem I have is the area surrounding the old train station is already log jammed with CitiLink, Parkview Field/Harrison Square, and Greyhound Bus Service. The Businesses around there and especially Powers Hamburgers, all at the same intersection and not enough inexpensive short term or long term parking to make it feasible for development that will actually be used. And God forbid it if they try to close down After Dark Nightclub (Dont piss off the Drag Queens!) or St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store to provide more parking or eliminate one more bar from their site plans for that area or turn it over to one of their cronies at a profit.

It would be better to use the midsize buses or full size vans on an isolated path road (like I dont know an interstate or state/federal highway) and become more diverse in both travel destinations and fuel economy. Rail for passengers outside of Chicago, Indy, Columbus or Toledo, and Lansing, anything outside of a two hour window, then I would consider it necessary. However, Fort Wayne is also a central location for all of those Cities mentioned above and that is where you achieve the rub of two competing interest groups: travel from the Summit City and commerce coming to the Summit City. Where we need transportation service isnt just to and from the larger Cities it is the small towns within an hour or two or three from here like Columbia City or Syracuse or Defiance, etc. and that is where the CitiLink Service buses could be best used, out on the open highway saving the smaller buses and full size vans for in City and small town driving.


The other obvious objection would be to the use of $200,000 dollars of Legacy Funds, that expense should be covered from the surrounding businesses that will be affected by the expanded tourist dollars and travel lodgers first, and then paid by all the tax revenue that Harrison Square is allowed by law to retain under Special Zoning for maintenance and development, not the rest of the City for a project that by its own record wouldnt even consider turning a profit let alone be self sustaining until at least 2030 by its own speculations.

Besides there is always something else to waste $200,000 on like non supported QR technology (via Dan Turkette's Angry White Boy, October 2013) on street signs. (Really, City of Fort Wayne? Get with the times! You dont even have full wifi blanket across downtown and you want to use something that is three years out of date.) Maybe we could start by actually hiring a consultant that knows what they are talking about for a change? I suggest we start with rotating groups of students in college and/or high school whom have the latest technical knowledge in a particularly given field and pay them a thousand to five thousand bucks each (in scholarship grants partially), depending on the scope of the project and detail to which they are responsible to put together the proposal, action plans, and finally oversee implementation, even if it does or doesnt require a professional directly in charge of the project fruition. They will get it done a lot quicker and for a lot less money and it will last because they will want to show it to their grandchildren.

For more information read this article: http://www.news-sentinel.com/article/2013131109664

Friday, October 18, 2013

What you SHOULD have learned from the shutdown

The more government is involved in your life, the more politics is going to play a role. Which might work out great for you for about 8 to 12 years, and then things come undone when a new administration is inaugurated or a new Congress is elected. Ask any government employee what that's like, and then ask yourself just how much you want the federal involved in your healthcare.

You might be thinking "The Republicans will not win the White House in the foreseeable future." Remember that a lot of people said the same thing in 1999. The foreseeable future in politics is only a few months. Suppose you woke up one day to find Michele Bachmann is the new Secretary of Health and Human Services. Would you like having her decide what treatments you will be eligible for and what's bad for your health?

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