Friday, August 11, 2017 1:00 am
Arp fails to offer his vision for Fort Wayne
I appreciate the light City Councilman Jason Arp shed on some funding issues of the Landing project (July 27). This having been said, I hope he won't mind if I ask a few questions about the project that he seems to have overlooked. It's clear that he has problems with the funding for the Landing, but he doesn't address whether he think it's something he might support if the funding issue is adequately addressed. In fact, the lead to the article seems to question whether what he calls the “quality-of-place” projects currently being implemented or considered by City Council are well founded.
For myself, I don't think that Fort Wayne is competing with New York or Chicago by what he calls “sprucing up our downtown,” as he contends. But does he question whether we may be competing with Indianapolis or Columbus, Ohio, or other cities of our size in the Midwest? So while it is constructive to question the funding of projects like the Landing, it seems to me that this stops well short of helping shape a vision of what kind of city he thinks Fort Wayne should become. This is, in fact, the central question I hope that he and other members of the City Council will help the public to answer.
It's the kind of vision that many of us see emerging with the Clyde Theater project. It's the kind of vision that we need to have when considering the future uses of the former Taylor campus on West Rudisill Boulevard, or of the GE campus on Broadway. These kinds of questions don't just concern the downtown. I know that those of us who live in the 4th District look toward projects such as these to help revitalize the south side of Fort Wayne. We look to him and other members of the City Council to be constructive partners in shaping them.
Board member, Southwest Area Partnership
TROY School offers students education and life skills
As a businessman living in Whitley County, I want my friends and neighbors to know about TROY School, an alternative school bringing statewide recognition to northeast Indiana. Nobody I know who has toured the innovative TROY School leaves without being deeply impressed and hopeful. TROY is turning problems into solutions, something those of us in business appreciate.
My family is hosting a special event today at our farm, with the support of more than 25 area businesses and hundreds of parents, families, volunteers and staff members. Our goal is to raise funds for16 student scholarships at TROY School.
This spring, TROY graduated eight students with accredited high school degrees. Students come from Allen, Whitley and other counties in northeast Indiana. These are students who could have been lost to the community. Today they have a new chance at finding a career here and building a family.
TROY is not a radical new experiment in education; it adheres to the age-old job of teaching and reaching youth, and its graduates earn accredited Indiana high school diplomas. The students, taught by teachers who know them as individuals, get quality academic training at their own pace while receiving support in counseling, life-skill development, parent involvement, transportation and nutrition.
What I see in the students who have chosen to be there is the individual responsibility they've taken for their own future. Few of these graduates come from privileged backgrounds; most of them have had to work doubly hard.
Nonetheless, they stick with the TROY program for four years and get their diplomas. They are young men and women who show the kind of determination and personal initiative you would expect from students at the highest-caliber institution. I see these graduates as self-motivated people who do not take small achievements and opportunities for granted.
Join me and others as we help to fund scholarships to meet increasing enrollment. Tickets can be purchased on the TROY School website. If the fund drive is successful, the school will send qualified graduates into the community job pool to build new lives and support new families.
CHEERS to the lovely lady who paid for my breakfast at McDonald's around 10:15 on July 31. I will return the favor, for sure. It was a nice surprise.