Change the world

Half a life ago, I met James R. Greene III, and yes, he referred to himself that way. He had purchased a recently renovated home on Ringgold Street for his grandfather, that my friend Howard Rambo had turned into a showplace. James was one of the most self confident people I’d run into in the […]

For the last few years, we’ve opened our doors to economically challenged students for work experiences. We’ve had kids from Trotwood, CJ, and Ponitz, come in with minimal tools in their toolbox and leave with a much better set, and an understanding of what we do in the advertising, marketing, graphic design and printing business. […]

Stop the fat letters

by David Esrati on April 2, 2014

in Change the world, Health and welfare

The old putdown “you’re fat and your mother dresses you funny” has sadly become a new nanny state mandate. It’s not enough to endlessly test students academically, we’re now also measuring their waist lines in an endless attempt to turn education into an assembly line process, where all the products conform to someone’s “standard.” A […]

When the coach of the football team makes more money than the university president, you have a problem. When the athletic director gets paid an $18,000 bonus because one of his wrestlers won a national championship, you have a problem. When the football program has virtually unlimited funding, but the price of college skyrockets- you […]

I can tell you that there were only four basketball courts in Dayton that were worth playing on that belonged to the city last year- at the new rec center on the old Roosevelt site, 2 at Riverview and one at Jane Newcome. Dayton Public supplied a few more to the inventory- with Dunbar and […]

On Friday, I was talking to Jan Kelly, the director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections. about a form. Trying to figure out how to accurately fill it out- and the cold hard fact was, it requested information that was totally impossible for a voter, or even the person in charge of checking that […]

Last night, the last donation came in. 9 days before the election, and I reached the goal of $10,000. Any donation from this point on- would go for nets, rims, backboards, tools to clean up courts and to cut off nasty old rusted hardware. If you look at my campaign finance report: David Esrati PreGeneral […]

We live in a basketball-loving community. We’ve got courts all over. More on the West side than the East side- but, they are there- and we’ve got players. I’ve been giving kids shirts- for making three threes in a row. Yesterday- I parted with 4. One kid, since I didn’t have his size (he was […]

I saw the most amazing basketball game last night and it only cost me $7. I’m not a huge basketball fan, I almost never watch it on TV, I couldn’t ref a game to save my life, but, I’ve seen my share of games from the “White Men Can’t Jump” courts on Venice Beach to […]

I have no respect for terrorists. To me, there is nothing better than a dead one. And while one man’s zero can be another’s hero, the dead aren’t coming back no matter how many episodes you watch of “The Walking Dead.” Dayton could put itself on the international stage as the city of peace, of […]