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Sunday Centerpiece

  • Architect of change
    A decade ago, Fort Wayne’s sleepy downtown got a wake-up call from an unlikely source.
  • Sound of success
    My friend Jim Anderson, director of the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, recently reminded me of something I did when we were both in band together at Ben Geyer Middle School years ago.
  • Price of participation
    At the depths of the Great Recession, two troubling patterns emerged that now, from an economic standpoint, seem inevitable when credit is scarce and budgets tighten:

Double-dipping public officials

Patrick Bauer

State representative: $55,610

Ivy Tech vice president: $96,454

Total: $152,064

Marty Bender

Deputy police chief: $93,079

City councilman: $21,414

Total: $114,493

Carlin Yoder

State senator: $63,302

Third District constituent services director: $58,448

Total: $121,750

Bill Brown



District* director: $78,500

Allen County councilman: $15,475

Total: $93,975

*The Downtown Improvement District is a quasi-government agency, created by the City Council and principally financed by grants from city and county government as well as an additional tax assessment on downtown property.