Only in Montgomery County- steal and buy your way out of a felony

It was only a crime if you didn’t get caught. Because if you got caught stealing from the taxpayers in Montgomery County- you could just resign and pay the money back. Do bank robbers get the same option? How about…

Two sides to a public lynching of a small business owner: Sidebar

My very first clients for The Next Wave were restaurants. The Video Deli, The Third and Linden Market, Sodexo Marriott’s in house catering for Hobart in Troy, Pacchia. Since 1990, I’ve worked with many small businesses, but, of all of…

Accountability: What’s missing in America

Where did the money go? Enron, AIG, MCSi, IMF Global. All massive failures, where the shareholders, pensioners, and even government operations who hold investment portfolios with our tax dollars were left holding the bag. While a few may have gone…

The “risk takers/job creators” myth

The “American dream” is that this is a land of opportunity. America is supposed to be the magical place where anyone can work their way up from poverty to the presidency, or at least that’s what we’ve believed. Recent studies…

Another reason to end local “economic development” efforts by government

In the continuing saga of incompetence in crony capitalism in Dayton, we now can thank the Dayton Daily News for finally uncovering a failure by the powers that be in handing out cash to private businesses. Note, that this was…

Miscarriage of justice: lying thieving CEO gets 7 days in prison, grocery clerk gets hammered

If you need further illustration of what is fueling  the #occupy movement, compare and contrast two local court cases. The first is a white-collar swindler, Michael Peppel, who robbed 271 investors of huge sums of money, caused at least 1,300…

Austin Road Addendum: Dayton/Montgomery County Port Authority involvement

One thing I forgot to mention from the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s presentation on Austin Road yesterday- there are four quadrants of land around the interchange. The two on the East side are both owned by RG Properties. The West side…