mentioned in Dayton City Paper- as a source!

The June 28- July 4 issue of Dayton City Paper- with “CSI Downtown Dayton- where’s the crime” story on the cover- mentions and in the cover story- as a place to “keep a good score on… (Oregon District debates) as well as other local issues, and are sources of some creative and refreshing perspectives on Dayton”

Read the whole article by picking up a copy- or following this link. 

Our mention is in the third to last paragraph.

Slowly, big ideas will be heard.

What do you think?

Real American Hero’s have nothing to do with Bud light

I have an intern who is in love with the “Real American Hero’s” campaign for Bud Light. We had a discussion in my veterans group today about who is a war hero and who isn’t- after being invited to yet another seemingly pointless networking event for veteran owned businesses to “connect with government buyers” which is sponsored by Rep. Jean Schmidt (famous for making an idiot of herself right after she got John Boehner’s old seat).

As we approach yet another 4th of July, where our country is supposed to celebrate our independence and our freedom, in a country that is increasingly less of both, I thought I would point you to a post by another Daytonian about a true American Hero- a guy I’ve never met- named Steve Miller- who was born in my hometown, Celina, and went through hell to put an end to an evil dictator.

I have to admit, right now, while we have soliders dying in Iraq and Afghanistan, I’m aghast at our so called leaders who are arguing about things like flag burning, gay marriage and abortion. With interest rates climbing again today, a middle class being squeezed out of existance and CEO’s making millions while they send jobs overseas- and government spending totally out of control, I’m not sure that this country still cares about the ideals that Steve Miller fought for- where all men are created equal.

Go read it:

Note to author Bob Higgins, I can’t comment on your site from a Mac.

What do you think?

Dayton wasn’t Dayton last night.

I went over to the Cannery for “The Sideshow”- a very cool collection of art, music, artists- doing one night of installations, music, performance art- and a little bit of drinking and dancing.

We have one person to thank for getting this all together- Laurrana Wong- who singlehadedly pulled off transforming Dayton into the center of coolness just for one night.
My only regret is that I hadn’t brought a camera- but there were many others documenting the show.

Here are a few links to visit:

Dayton City Paper on The Sideshow

If anyone has any photo galleries to share- please comment and leave a link.

Kudo’s to Laurrana for making it great in Dayton.

The best politicians money can buy

Dayton Politics » Husted’s money politics

The first 5 times I ran for office, I tried to do it without accepting campaign contributions- and limited it to $1000- which seemed reasonable for a part time job- that paid $30K a year. I was an idiot.

The last time I ran- back in 1997- I accepted campaign money- even had yard signs (note to self- never put anything that would date your sign on a sign- like “please vote Nov. 2nd” so you can use them again).

The results were scary. I raised $6000 without an organization, or a party. Bootsie Neal raised $10,000, Dean Lovelace raised $12,000. It was a three way race for 2 seats- me against two incumbents. The results came in- I had 6000 votes, Bootsie had 10,000 votes, and Dean had 12,000. That was the wake up call that American politics isn’t about the power of ideas- but the power of money.

Read the link above to “Dayton Politics”- and then the link to the Columbus Dispatch. For a candidate to be donating 2.1 million in 3 years- is a terrifying prospect.

Considering Ohio State Representatives only make about $55K a year- you know it’s not his money he’s playing with. Should we still call the “representatives”- or should we just call them what they’ve become- puppets for sale?

What do you think?

Take me to your leader, please.

The other day I attended a meeting of Grassroots Greater Dayton (GGD)- a new(er) organization that is working on regional issues of sprawl and cooperation. I’m a firm believer in their platform, and would love to see the irrationally feared “uni-gov” come to Dayton. It’s sort of funny that to try to eliminate the redundant and numerous organizations targeting “development” that we have to form yet another organization.
Our problem isn’t talking about the issues- our problem is we can’t advance outspoken leaders in our community. It’s just not in our DNA.
Long ago, former City of Dayton Planning director, Paul Woodie told me “You need a herd to be heard” in this City- and that’s still true today. GGD had a room full of bright people, but no vocal front man- to lead the charge. Because its funding comes partly from the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, it’s unlikely that GGD will back a political agenda- or candidates- at least not directly.
How can we move forward as a community without visionary leaders at the front? The answer is unfortunately, we can’t. Continue reading