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Mental health advocate Davis will be missed

A great one is moving on. Deputy Fort Wayne Police Chief Dottie Davis, who is nothing less than a heroine to everyone in the mental health community in Fort Wayne, is retiring. She is our friend, advocate, counselor, hand-holder, cheerleader and initiator for CIT police training in Fort Wayne. As the director of training for the FWPD, she took a critical leading role in implementing humane and compassionate tactics for police officers to utilize in mental health emergencies. On Davis’ watch those having psychiatric crises received treatment rather than arrest.

As Davis moves on to her new position as director of security for Fort Wayne Community Schools, all her friends at NAMI Fort Wayne wish her nothing less than success, and we hope that we have many more years of both assisting her in her efforts and having her as an advocate.

MIKE MYERS Executive director NAMI Fort Wayne

Donnelly’s bill makes work-hours issue worse

So Sen. Joe Donnelly thinks we need to make sure to define full time as a 40-hour job so that all of the people working 30-hour “part-time” jobs won’t be cut to 25 hours so their employers can avoid offering them health insurance. Sounds like a feasible plan, doesn’t it?

There’s one little tiny problem with it in the world I live in. The huge majority of people I know who have “full-time” jobs typically are scheduled 38 or 39 hours per week to avoid accidental overtime. If I am to understand Donnelly’s bill correctly, it would allow employers to reclassify all of these employees as part time and retract their health insurance.

Reclassifying 30-hour part time employees as full time isn’t right, but if there is no time gap between full time and overtime, a lot of people will risk being reclassified as part time and losing benefits they already have.

We need a solution somewhere in between these. Maybe 38 hours as full time, and 40 hours is overtime?


Men’s Wearhouse firing a blow to job security

George Zimmer, the spokesman and founder of Men’s Wearhouse, was fired on June 19. The company posted an increase of 23 percent in overall profits during the first quarter year over year. If a guy like this has no job security with those kinds of numbers, how can an average working person ever expect to ever have any?

JOHN R. BANET Fort Wayne

Reckless taxing, spending turns city into Detroit

As a resident of Fort Wayne, I have found that over the last five years, this administration has done nothing but raise taxes. I work hard for my money; I do not feel that I should pay more and more to a city that will not rein in its spending.

We pay for teachers, police, firefighters and city employees’ salaries, health benefits and pensions. How are we to take care of our families and save for our future? We must budget – why won’t the city do the same? All this administration knows is raise taxes and if necessary invent new ones. Fort Wayne under this liberal spend-and-let-the-payer-be-damned attitude has become less of a family city and more like Detroit.

Our mayor and council do not care how hard we work for our money. All we are to them is an ATM.