Justice

It’s this photo that makes my stomach turn. This is not a police force to “Serve and protect”- but a police force to deny free speech, the right to peaceably assemble and to protest. We are no longer the home of the brave and land of the free. When gun nuts talk about needing to […]

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 […]

When Robert Scott stepped down as chair of the Montgomery County Republican Party last October, the party machinery didn’t quite work the way it was supposed to. Typically, there is an order of ascendency, and the vice chairmen would become chairman. However, vice-chairman Nick Brusky stepped down too, and next on the pecking order was […]

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 […]

The Eric Spicer diversion

by David Esrati on March 11, 2014

in Backassward Ohio, Justice, underdogs

In Dayton, it’s hard to not be separated by about 1.2 degrees of separation. Especially in political circles. I met and got to know Eric Spicer when I last ran for Congress and he was running for the Republican nomination for State Representative against the disgraced drunk Jarrod Martin and the eventual winner, Rick Perales […]

Remember when a guru was going to buy the old Society/Key bank building for half-a-million dollars at auction, and the Dayton Daily News crawled up his legal behind with a microscope, questioning everything about him? I do. I wrote about it: “You must be crazy – to invest in Dayton” It turned out they were […]

End the frequent flyers at the county jail

by David Esrati on October 30, 2013

in America in Crisis, Justice

I’m pretty sure that if someone focused on our local jail population, we’d find a core group of people who seem stuck in a revolving door. I know one of them all too well, I’ve been a “big brother” for the last 26 years. In the last month, he’s been a guest of the taxpayers […]

Want to lose friends in high places in Dayton Ohio- ask questions about who is ultimately responsible for misuse of public funds. I ask- I lose friends. I’m not part of the friends and family program that makes sure our “friends and family” all have jobs. I asked “Who’s the criminal? SCLC, Montgomery County, Caresource?” […]

July 29 came and passed this year- and I forgot to write a post. This is to make up for it. SGM Woodall was murdered in the city of Dayton. The 2009 front page story from the Dayton Daily News still hangs right behind my monitor, over my desk. Headline, “Veteran of 3 wars, dies […]

About a year ago, South Park was up in arms, as were the people at Daybreak and Chaminade Juliane High School. A local doctor wanted to open a Methadone clinic nearby. Quickly, a law was passed at the Statehouse that turned recovering heroin addicts into sex-offenders- placing a 500′ limit from door-to-door from addict to […]