The Sinclair Daily News- strikes again

In case you’re wondering, why there hasn’t been as much on you might want to wander over to Keep Sinclair Fair- and read the reasoning to vote NO on Issue 13- at least until Sinclair either stops operating outside Montgomery County- where we’ve paid handsomely for 49 years – or, Sinclair passes levies in Warren, Preble and Greene counties- and starts acting like a true regional player.

Today, the Dayton Daily news published our short letter to the editor. Right next to a longer anti-pot piece by Bob and Hope Taft. Originally, they’d said they’d let us have 650 words- which we carefully crafted. Their reasoning for not publishing the original and the full letter, follow today’s letter. Note, they had no problem using much of our research in their really long article last Sunday.

Source: The Letter to the Editor- and the one the Dayton Daily wouldn’t  publish | Keep Sinclair Fair

Today, Dr. Steve Johnson was talking to students, trying to get them to vote to continue subsidizing his grand taxation plan, when an reader asked why Warren County wasn’t taxed.

He tried the same tired line of B.S. about the $50 more a credit hour. Read our site to why this simply isn’t true.

A warning to Dayton candidates about their signs

If you remember my position on political signage from the last commission campaign- where instead of signs- I put out trash cans, you know I’m laughing about this one.

Someone downtown is nervous about the battle of the signs- maybe because the endorsed candidates aren’t doing as good a job at mucking up the place.

This went out via email on the 14th (sorry- I’ve been super busy)

From: Owens, David <[email protected]>
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Subject: Placement of Political Signage, City of Dayton
To: Colette Moorman, Mia Spells, Darryl Fairchild, Chris Shaw, Scott Sliver, John McManus, Nancy Nearny, Sheila Taylor, Robert Walker
Cc: “Landon, Dave” <[email protected]>

Dear Candidate:

Please see the attached information on the placement of political signage in the City of Dayton, and please pass this information along to your campaigns.

Thank You,


David Owens

Montgomery County Board of Elections

Campaign Finance

451 West Third St.

Dayton, OH 45481

Office: (937) 225-5669|Fax: (937) 496-7798 | [email protected]

Here is the copy from the PDF (that I had to make accessible):

SUBJECT: Placement of Political Signage
As we move into the height of the election season please be advised of the following with respect to
the placement of political signage within the City of Dayton:
• Under the Zoning Ordinance (R.C.G.O. Chapter 150), political signs are permissible
“temporary signs” for placement on private property, with the property owner’s consent.
• All signs should be placed in a manner which maintains traffic visibility at all times.
• Political signs are strictly prohibited from placement within the public right-of-way. Those
which remain in the right-of-way may be subject to removal.
• All signs should be promptly removed on November 4th.

Note- they didn’t send a notice to Matt Joseph…. hmmmmm. His signs are all over the public rights of way too. They also neglected to write the Sinclair people- or the state issue people.


Dayton Daily news to make cuts tomorrow

As if losing your job doesn’t suck enough, those fine folks at Cox Media- who have a million dollars to donate to Dayton’s Whitewater- announced last week that they would be cutting jobs this week.

Word is that more reporters are being shown the door, a photographer and a few managers.

Considering they barely publish much in the way of original news now, one can only wonder what will be left.

Trained monkeys can run articles handed to them about how great the Dayton Development Coalition, Sinclair, UDRI, and assorted other sacred cows are.

Yet, they keep saying they are making money, selling ads no one sees, or wants to look at on their multitude of crappy digital properties.

If anyone had a brain there, the integration of radio, TV, print would have one super site that works.

Yet, they continue to launch new sites to increase their page views and hence their crap-ad count.

Best wishes to those who leave. Maybe all of your careers will blossom once you leave the mushroom factory. Look at what leaving did for Larry Price.



Dayton Ohio voter’s guide

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Polls open at 6:30 and close at 7:30

If you don’t know where you vote:

If you don’t know if you are registered, (it’s too late to fix this)

There are 3 Statewide Issues. 1 Countywide levy. Three contested races in Dayton. There are three local options on liquor licenses.

State Issues

Issue 1, is changing the process of gerrymandering our state. This is not the best solution possible to end the quagmire we’re in, but it’s an improvement. Vote YES on Issue 1.

At least it will require a little bit of cross-aisle diplomacy in order to make changes.

Issue 2 is what the people who won gerrymandered races are doing to fight issue 3. Do not be deceived by the seemingly noble intentions to “outlaw monopolies” in Ohio- if they’d really wanted to do that, they wouldn’t have let the casino people do the exact same thing with disastrous results. Issue 2 will either accidentally or intentionally, end up giving power to the politicians over citizen initiatives- which they already have proven by their ballot language proposal on issue 3. Vote NO on issue 2. If you want to read more about this- try this conservative think tank position post that says no on 2 as well.

Issue 3 is the pot legalization bill on the surface, in reality, it’s the casino bill all over again. We didn’t learn then, hopefully we learn now. This issue will grant a monopoly to the people who proposed the bill. It isn’t about legalizing pot, it’s about making a few rich people- a lot richer.

I don’t smoke pot. I don’t care if you smoke pot. I don’t think people should be filling up our prisons for smoking pot. I do believe it works well as medicine for some health issues. I don’t want pot smoked in public anymore than I wanted cigarettes smoked in public. I’m convinced that people who are high shouldn’t be driving. But, this legislation- which will bring a whole bunch of single issue voters to the ballot, is not the right way to do this. When something sounds too good to be true, like wiping out past pot convictions, and allowing anyone to have some plants of their own, it probably is. Vote NO on issue 3.

Montgomery County Issue- 13, Sinclair second property tax levy.

Sinclair already has a substantial levy. Now they want to add a second levy. It’s blasphemy to say Sinclair is anything other than our regal crown prince of Montgomery County. It’s a heinous crime to suggest that this organization has grown out of control- taking over teaching high-schoolers, and expanding into other counties. We’ve paid and paid since 1966 to build a resource for Montgomery County residents- and now we are being asked again. Consider these facts:

  • Montgomery County has the 2nd highest tax burden in the state (after Cuyahoga).
  • Sinclair is totally debt free and has a large cash nest egg. They refuse to float bonds like every other school- even when interest rates are the best ever.
  • Sinclair is no longer finding needs and serving them in the community, but instead chasing things like UAV pilot training- and hyping the hell out of it. They don’t teach truck driving- where there is a great need for instance.
  • The school has changed under the direction of President Steve Johnson- with a swelling administration, and an increasing reliance on part-time faculty. Program quality in many areas has declined.
But the main issue is that Sinclair now operates a campus in Warren and courses in Preble and Greene- to which they say “No Montgomery County money is spent”- which is pure hogwash. If it were true that the measly $50 more per credit hour was enough to fund all of that- can Montgomery County drop both levies and let students just pay 50% more in tuition (it would still be a great deal)?
I’m the treasurer of Keep Sinclair Fair, where you can read a lot more reasons why Sinclair should either be forced to pull out of other counties, or charge them all a nominal property tax to continue services before Montgomery County taxpayers add another dime in burden. Vote NO on Issue 13.
City of Dayton
First, the disclosures: my firm, The Next Wave, an advertising agency- does work for political candidates. With my political biases, this usually means I don’t get asked to work for the Democratic party candidates- even though I’m on the party central committee and a ward leader. I will disclose in each race.
Dayton City Commission:
I’ve run for commission more times than I can count (really- I have no idea, how many times I’ve turned in over 500 signatures at this point). I feel very qualified to offer advice on this position, even if the voters don’t think I should be elected to it.
There are four candidates, you get to vote for two. You can vote for just one if you like. It is a vote that guarantees you don’t somehow cancel your own vote.
There is one incumbent, Matt Joseph, seeking a ridiculous fourth term. By manipulating the petition process, he has never faced solid opposition. He is a very nice guy. He contributes nothing but a yes vote to his puppet-master, Nan Whaley.
Chris Shaw is the party-anointed candidate. Despite having 2 black men already on the commission, the Democratic party reneged on a promise made to Darryl Fairchild to back him, if he didn’t run against Jeff Mims, 2 year ago. Shaw is who the party wants on the commission. He’s also a nice guy. But, almost as non-threatening as Matt Joseph.
Darryl Fairchild is a Democrat, running without the party endorsement. Surprisingly, he’s picked up some endorsements from unions- which is a breaking of the ranks. He feels this was supposed to be his seat, which is kind of screwed up- but, I’ll leave it at that.
Scott Sliver is the second half of the preacher posse (Fairchild is also a preacher) and running as an independent. Full disclosure: I’ve known Scott for 25 years- we both started ad agencies about the same time and were friendly competitors, until he gave up advertising for being a touchy feeley singing pastor. I consider him a friend- and he hired my firm to do his campaign materials (except his website). A total political newcomer, he has picked up one labor endorsement.
My first advice- do not vote for Matt Joseph. He’s a placeholder and dead weight on the commission. If he’s ever voted in the minority, or even asked a question in 12 years- I’d be hard pressed to remember it. Our city will never get a penny’s worth of value from his years in office.
So, that leaves Shaw, Sliver and Fairchild.
Shaw hasn’t distinguished himself in any candidate forum. He’s not demonstrated that he can do much except what the party tells him to do. He brings no new ideas to the table.
Sliver is great at listening. He is very empathetic. He has been involved in feeding the poor with his Hope Foundation for 5 years. He’s an advertising guy at heart (and he was very good at it) and will bring new skills to the commission- however, he’ll be like Gary Leitzell- a sole vote in a sea of puppet strings. He may be naive, but, he’ll work for you and ask the right questions. Vote for Scott Sliver
The question is should Fairchild get his “promised seat.” My gut reaction is – “not with my help.” Anyone who thinks they can wheel and deal in back rooms to get elected, and that that’s an OK thing- should get automatic disqualification. However, since he got burned, maybe he learned a little bit- and it’s our first chance to put two people without puppet strings on the commission? Sliver along with Joseph or Shaw is a lost cause. Sliver with Fairchild, means the people are one race away from breaking the stranglehold on our city of the monarchy of Montgomery County. However, voting for Fairchild could put him ahead of Sliver (unlikely based on the primary performance where Sliver came in a solid third). Vote for Darryl Fairchild, grudgingly, because it’s better than the party line.
Dayton Municipal Court Judge
In a rare case of unintended democracy, you have a choice for Judge. Full disclosure- politics makes strange bedfellows- and my firm did all the design work and website for Mia Wortham Spells- and I worked closely with Idotha Bootsie Neal who is helping Ms. Spells run.
The Dems had three choices- and went with Collette Mooreman who has worked as a magistrate for a long time. Mia Wortham Spells is a criminal defense lawyer who has worked in the city a long time. Judicial races are strange- the candidates can’t have opinions- because once elected, their job is to follow the law- especially at the Muni Court level.
My feeling on electing judgeships is that voters have no clue who to vote for. We can’t easily read or research their legal writing skills. We can’t see them in action. We don’t know how they will manage case loads- or how fast or correctly they will make decisions. In the past- the party has backed people who were horrible managers and had tons of cases overturned on appeal- the only real stats you can judge a judge on.
The reality is- our system of local municipal courts instead of a countywide system is a miscarriage of justice. Franklin County has one municipal court- we have a ton in Montgomery County.
I’m going to be diplomatic in this one- and defer to someone whom I trust in this matter to endorse- and that’s A.J. Wagner- who was a judge- he has a Mia Spells sign in his yard- and he’s been a strong Dem for a long time. But, in reality this is more a vote about patronage jobs and a popularity contest.
Dayton School Board
Full disclosure- my company printed signs for John McManus and I offered him technical advice on how to campaign.
This was supposed to be a very contested race. Instead, we have 4 candidates running for 3 seats. Not exactly democracy in action.
Whom we elect won’t really matter- since before this term is over, the State will step in to take over the poorly performing Dayton School System. It’s not the system’s fault- poverty does this to standardized test scores 100% of the time.
That the three incumbents even chose to run is testament to their optimistic belief that they can avert the inevitable. Two of them are guaranteed to win. I can’t think of a reason to vote for any of them over the new guy- McManus, and while I could say that I’ve supported Robert Walker in the past- I think he’s still naive about what needs to happen.
Nancy Nearny almost didn’t make it on the ballot last time- until they found 3 signatures for her. Sheila Taylor is still labor’s favorite candidate- although McManus did pick up a labor endorsement.
The only compelling vote for me is for McManus– who would be the youngest member of the school board. It’s time for some new, fresh thinking. The other three- in reality, you’d be doing the one you leave off a favor- knowing what’s coming up when the state steps in. If I had to pick one to skip on, it would be Nancy Nearny, who cares but seems out of touch with the situation to this observer.
Local Options:
Dayton 13-A- Love’s Travel Stop.
1-A University Shell
9-A Paterson Pub & Patio
If you think voting a precinct dry is a good idea- or singling out a business on the ballot- just wait until we have legal pot. Regulation through piecemeal ballot initiatives is almost always guaranteed to have unforeseen consequences. I’m a big fan of mediation, other enforcement options, but anything other than a new law to regulate a single business. If you live in the precinct- do your research first.
Sorry this is so long.
short rundown.
Issue 1- Yes
Issue 2-NO
Issue 3-NO
Issue 13-NO
Sliver for Dayton City Commission
Fairchild-maybe for Dayton City Commission
Spells for Judge
McManus for Dayton School Board.

An outsider’s prescription for Dayton


The ignored secret behind successful organizations (and nations) is infrastructure. Not the content of what’s happening, but the things that allow that content to turn into something productive.

Here are some elements worth considering:

  • Transportation: Ideas and stuff have to move around. The more quickly, efficiently and safely, the better. This is not just roads, but wifi, community centers and even trade shows. Getting things, people and ideas from one place to another, safely and on time is essential to what we seek to build.
  • Expectation: When people wake up in the morning expecting good things to happen, believing that things are possible, open to new ideas–those beliefs become self-fulfilling. We expect that it’s possible to travel somewhere safely, and we expect that speaking up about a new idea won’t lead us to get fired. People in trauma can’t learn or leap or produce very much.
  • Education: When we are surrounded by people who are skilled, smart and confident, far more gets done. When we learn something new, our productivity goes up.
  • Civility: Not just table manners, but an environment without bullying, without bribery, without coercion. Clean air, not just to breathe, but to speak in.

Infrastructure and culture overlap in a thousand ways.

At the organizational level, then, it’s possible to invest in a workplace where things work, where the tools are at hand, where meetings don’t paralyze progress, where decisions get made when they need to get made (and where they don’t get undone).

It’s possible to build a workplace where people expect good things, from their leaders and their peers and the market. Where we expect to be heard when we have something to say, and expect that with hard work, we can make a difference.

It’s possible to invest in hiring people who are educated (not merely good grades, but good intent) and to keep those people trained and up to speed.

And it’s essential for that workplace to be one where the rule of law prevails, where people are treated with dignity and respect and where short term urgency is never used as a chance to declare martial law and abandon the principles that built the organization in the first place.

Yes, I believe the same is true for nation states. It’s not sexy to talk about building or maintaining an infrastructure, but just try to change the world without one.

Here’s something that’s unavoidably true: Investing in infrastructure always pays off. Always. Not just most of the time, but every single time. Sometimes the payoff takes longer than we’d like, sometimes there may be more efficient ways to get the same result, but every time we spend time and money on the four things, we’re surprised at how much of a difference it makes.It’s also worth noting that for organizations and countries, infrastructure investments are most effective when they are centralized and consistent. Bootstrapping is a great concept, but it works best when we’re in an environment that encourages it.

The biggest difference between 2015 and 1915 aren’t the ideas we have or the humans around us. It’s the technology, the civilization and the expectations in our infrastructure. Where you’re born has more to do with your future than just about anything else, and that’s because of infrastructure.

When we invest (and it’s expensive) in all four of these elements, things get better. It’s easy to take them for granted, which is why visiting an organization or nation that doesn’t have them is such a powerful wake up call.

Source: Seth’s Blog: Infrastructure

As I sat stuck in a traffic jam yesterday reaching from Downtown to Moraine, on I-75 N at 4:30 pm, I thought about who was the idiot who has I75, Main St, Warren Street- all covered with orange barrels at the same time? Who wasn’t working proactively, right then- to not just clear the blockage- but, trying to re-route as much traffic onto alternative roadways, and also- how did we allow the I-75 downtown reconstruction to shut down all the exits to downtown for so long…

But, then I realized the answer is nobody, because we don’t have leadership with the vision to see the implications of our pettiness, because it’s all we know. We have, and have had, leadership for so long that’s arrogant, unresponsive, and hell bent on their political future more than our regions. And then this piece comes out from Seth Godin this morning.

What started me on my political highway of failure at the hands of an uninformed and underinformed voter base, is summed up in Seth’s fourth point- Civility.

After crossing the gods of garage door appropriateness,  I went for help from my elected leaders with the asinine notion that they would listen and help.

Seth: “but an environment without bullying, without bribery, without coercion.”

When I went to the City Commission out of frustration about garbage collectors working 30 hours, getting paid for 56- and got shut down- and then the Commission had a secret, illegal meeting to discuss ways to block citizens from speaking at City Commission meetings- I expected a groundswell of support as I brought this issue to the forefront. Instead, I was arrested, mocked, and locked into a prolonged legal battle when all the resources were stacked in their corner.

Seth: “we expect that speaking up about a new idea won’t lead us to get fired.”

Our City (Dayton – the location on the map, not the one divvied by political fiefdoms that battle constantly) would do well to look at Seth’s list of four simple elements of “infrastructure” to learn how to put things back into order.

It’s not about highways and civil engineering – it’s about civility.

It’s not about big ideas- it’s about being free to express them, without fear.

It’s not about education- it’s about the values we place on it.

And lastly, it’s not really about infrastructure as much as it is about values we hold sacred.

For the benefit of all of us, not just the inner cabal of the  Monarchy of Montgomery County.

Thank you Seth Godin.



This Thursday- The Zen of the Solo Ride prezo at Brixx

David Esrati, 6800 mile solo motorcycle rideThose of you who read this site regularly know I’ve cut down my posting frequency. Part of it was because I was gearing up for, then taking, then returning from an epic 6,837 mile solo motorcycle trip out west.

I’ll be presenting at the October Meeting of the Gem City Rollers Scooter Club this Thursday, Oct. 15, at Brixx, 500 E 1st St., Dayton, OH 45402, at 7 p.m.

The prezo is loosely called “The Zen of the Solo Ride”- or what to pack, what not to do, and what you learn about yourself on a 6,800-mile solo ride in 20 days across the American West- down the Pacific Coast Highway, and back.

For those of you who’ve never met me- good chance to come out and meet me in a non-political setting. For those of you who have- come get some food and beer- and enjoy.

For those of you contemplating a long ride sometime- come and learn from my mistakes.


The Wiz is the shiz

No, don’t vote yes on the tax hike for Sinclair Community College- vote no on 13. They can tax Warren County before they come back to us. But, to get a great return on being the second highest taxed county in Ohio- I highly recommend beat feeting over to Blair hall, building 2 for one of the remaining performances of “The Wiz.”

Great show- great cast- and very entertaining. I went last night.

Sure you can spend a lot more for the Schuster professional performances- but, oh wait- you have been paying for Sinclair for 49 years- so go- laugh, and have a great time.

Sunday, Oct. 11 – 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 14 – 10 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 15 – 7 p.m. Throwback Thursday All Tickets $10

Friday, Oct. 16 – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 17 – 8 p.m.

Reserved seating $18/$15 at

Source: Sinclair Theatre Presents The Wiz

And, btw- I’m no theater critic, nor am I a lover of musicals- but, my housemate is a serious thespian and lover of musicals and he gave it two thumbs up.

Also- there are quite a few Stivers students in the performance- hat tip to DPS for doing amazing things with our local youth.

Ohio BMV is anti-veteran

There are times when you understand why Americans think their government is run by incompetent imbeciles. Today, I witnessed proof.

A friend, who is a veteran, who has been living off the grid- so to speak, is coming back into society. I’ve been helping him get things in order.

Today, he got a car. The Title bureau asked for ID- he presented his VA ID- and the transfer was made.

Head over to the license bureau, present same ID. Nope. A federal, photo ID with anti-copying technology, not acceptable.

His Social Security card? Sure that’d be fine- except she called his a “Stub”- not the ID. It had his number, his signature, and his name.

He has a micro copy of his DD-214- but, we couldn’t find the SSN.  And, remember- the promise that your SSN was “never to be used for identification purposes”- yeah right.

So, here is the form she handed him for a “valid and acceptable ID”- it includes an “Employer ID Card with photo” a W2 (hey, I’m an employer- I can make these things up all day long)- and wait- a “Motor Vehicle Title”- which we handed her.

A CCW license is acceptable- as is a credit card- but a VA ID is not.

It’s time for a congressional investigation, threaten to shut down the government, c’mon Mike Turner- you’re pro-veteran, get to work.

Maybe if the BMV offices weren’t run by political party cronies, we wouldn’t have these problems.

Here’s the official BMV form 2424. Read it and weep.

Grandstanding congressmen and CEO pay

Chafetz vs Planned Parenthood

Obviously, bombs are a cost no object endeavor- while birth control. needs tight oversight.

Reading an editorial about the Planned Parenthood inquisition, I saw a mention that a member of Congress had questioned the pay of Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards- a whopping $520,000.

I thought to myself of the companies that have federal contracts, GSA schedules- who promise to do work for the people of the United States at the lowest cost possible. Companies like General Dynamics- who are so far over budget on the F35 program– and yet, keep getting funded. The CEO of General Dynamics, Phebe N. Novakovic, who also happens to be a woman- made $19 million last year. No inquisition there.

From the only news source that carried this in depth- Al Jazeera, read the exchange:

“Your compensation in 2009 was $353,000. Is that correct?” House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, began. “Congratulations, it was,” Chaffetz continued when Richards said she didn’t have the exact figures. He went on to note that Richards’ salary had risen to $520,000 since then…

“I would like to register my opposition and objection to the chairman beating up on a woman, on our witness today for making a good salary,” said Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. “In the entire time I’ve been in Congress, I’ve never seen a witness beaten up and questioned about their salary… I find it discriminatory and inappropriate.”…

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking member of the committee, said in a fiery rebuttal that it was particularly hypocritical for Republicans to place Planned Parenthood under a microscope and take Richards to task over her salary when they had never taken an interest in the hefty compensations of executives at big banks, drug companies and defense contractors, who had all engaged in law-breaking.

“Last month, Lockheed Martin was fined millions of dollars for using taxpayer funds to lobby Congress to maintain its hold on a multi-billion dollar Pentagon contract. Lockheed’s CEO received a stunning $33 million last year,” Cummings railed.  “Ms. Richards, do you know if there has been any investigation or any effort  — any — to eliminate Lockheed’s federal funding?”

“It sounds like there hasn’t been,” Richards answered.

“You got it, of course there wasn’t!” Cummings said. “These are huge companies that are actually guilty of breaking the law and their CEOs make millions of dollars — Republicans never criticize the salaries of their CEOs or they never try to strip their federal funding, their government subsidies or their tax breaks.”

Source: House GOP ‘beats up’ on Planned Parenthood president — and her salary

The Wall Street bankers made millions, while being bailed out. The program to save the homes of Americans from foreclosure- actually put more money in the hands of bankers than in the hands of the people being bailed out.

If Congress really cared about reeling in government spending- why not put a simple cap on executive salary for any company that receives significant income from the government. Any medical organization accepting funding for medicare/medicaid, a cap. Any defense contractor- a cap. Any bank that is guaranteed by the federal reserve- and has the ability to create money- a cap. Any company where employees depend on federal programs to make ends meet- a cap.

What the cap should be isn’t something random- set by the boards of directors- but based on a ratio of the total payroll of U.S. employees. You want to make more- don’t do business with the people of the United States- or accept our assistance.

Obviously, if the pay of the CEO of Planned Parenthood is relevant to the cost to our country of a government shutdown- this is important stuff.

Whaley and the Syrian refugees

The vitriol in the comments on Facebook, and even the South Park NextDoor site, was incendiary. “You can have them live at your house” and “why don’t you take care of homeless veterans first” were recurring themes. Recall was mentioned too.

What did Queen Nan do?

Whaley and 17 other U.S. mayors sent a letter Thursday asking the president to increase the number of asylum-seekers America will take in.

Source: Dayton mayor would welcome Syrian refugees

And, I actually agree with her and the 17 other mayors. We should do more for refugees- and we should also ground the Syrian Air Force- like yesterday, but, that’s the question you should be asking Congressman Mike Turner- who takes yet another swipe at Whaley for overstepping her authority.

The parallels between Turner and Whaley are becoming more apparent over time- both lust for complete control and a strong mayor form of government, both love media attention, and both can’t stand it when they hire a city manager who actually tries to do the job.

Whaley is predictable in her actions- she always wants to put herself on a higher pedestal- to feel more important, to pry her way kicking and screaming to the Na(n)tional stage. Her ego knows no bounds.

And, she wants to please people with money- so she can keep her campaign coffers full- and show her prowess at fundraising- the new prima facia scorecard for politicians. Her connections with Miller Valentine, with the Fairgrounds project, the no-bid Arcade fix, etc. are suspect.

The other essential in Queen Nan’s court- is loyalty. There may not be a ceremony involving drops of blood to seal the oath, but, the passing over of Terry Slaybaugh for the interim manager’s job for Shelley Dickstein was most likely due to Slaybaugh’s short jaunt to Milwaukee which was seen as a slight to her royal highness.

There is zero interest for Nan to work to improve service delivery to current Daytonians unless there is a donation to be had or a tent pole accomplishment for her to add to her resume. She just doesn’t operate at that level. It’s the megalomania factor at work.

Dayton is in desperate need of more citizens- as is Ohio. We’ve lost 2 seats in Congress due to population stagnation, and now we’ve lost the speaker of the house. Nan looks at Syrian refugees as additional taxpayers- knowing full well that they also come with federal assistance dollars to help them get started. The idiots commenting on the article in the Dayton Daily news don’t understand that there is a huge difference between documented refugees and undocumented illegal aliens.

The United States was founded and built by “refugees” – and we seem to have done OK. The idea that those fleeing the war zone are ISIS jihadists trying to infiltrate the U.S. is laughable- but, reading comments you’d think they are coming over wielding Kalashnikovs.

The mess in the Middle East is a much bigger problem than just refugees, it’s human rights, it’s religious freedoms, it’s economic, it’s a complete lack of peace and prosperity- and much of it can be attributed to the lack of statesmanship by the political hacks we elect. Europe has an even bigger problem with assimilating refugees than we do, and yet, we’re not working together to stem the flow. Probably because we allow our defense industrial complex to sell way too many weapons to the wrong people- and they in turn buy too many political offices in our country- including Mike Turner’s seat.

If you need to see what refugees can mean to Dayton, all you have to do is look to the Ahiska Turks in Old North Dayton- what was falling down, is now standing tall. And while they didn’t come here originally because of anything any politician did – Mayor Gary Leitzell reached out and made the connections and the “Welcome Dayton” program was born- Nan has had no problem stealing credit and trying to give it to Matt Joseph to prop up her most loyal puppet on the commission.

The likelihood of any Syrians actually showing up in Dayton is small. But, the reality of Nan putting herself on a stage with her heroes Rahm Emanuel and Bill DiBlasio has already happened. Her goal has been reached- and most Daytonians are none the wiser.