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Shamed them into action

by David Esrati on August 16, 2014

in Change the world, Dayton Government

As I just got my 5th box of basketball nets from Tuffy Brooks (thanks to Chad Snoke and Geo Pro Consultants) and went out to do some net maintenance on our parks, I finally have a success story to tell. Last month I stopped by the “Arlington Hills” park – a double court on a […]

The first thing the rabble rousing reverends call for in the recent police shooting of a young black man in a lily white communities Walmart is to see the store video- all of it. Yet, the exact same people rail against traffic cams installed to monitor speed and stop lights. Don’t forget the ones who […]

Einstein famously said “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” When I see Dayton trying to fix the failure of our community to fulfill the basic expectations of what a city should provide, i.e.: good schools, safe neighborhoods, well maintained infrastructure as well as simple things like basketball […]

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 […]