Heart of an advocate

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Larry Hayes (05/2012)
Larry Hayes (05/2012)

For more than a quarter century, I wrote editorials and columns for The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. I commented on most all local, state and national issues you’d expect from a writer at a major daily. But I also was an advocate for change. I helped launch a successful lawsuit to fully integrate city schools.
I helped start an internationally recognized center for the rehabilitation of persons with mental illness. I helped launch the county’s suicide prevention council. I enlisted attorneys who won the transfer of a 14-year-old girl from a maximum adult prison to a juvenile treatment center and in doing so reformed how the state treats serious juvenile offenders. And I believe I brought greater understanding for those who are disabled and those who struggle with poverty. “Champion of the underdog,” the late sheriff and state Sen. Bud Meeks called me. Let that serve as the theme for this blog.

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