March 2010

The pipe dream of public pensions

The reality is starting to hit home with State pension fund managers: the fun times are over. Heavily invested in the stock market, most public pension funds looked good as long as times were good, when in fact, they were sitting on the same shaky foundations that were holding up the rest of the Wall Read More

How to end the Dominic’s vs. Duke’s lawsuit

Enough of our tax dollars have been wasted on this court battle. Anne Mantia says Duke’s was trampling on her “Dominic’s” trademark. Apparently, she’s the only one who can make Italian food in Dayton. Granted, Reese Powers was an idiot about how he started the whole thing, using her trade name. Now Judge Rose has Read More

Sprawl. It’s a gas.

If you have a 900-square-foot house, it’s less costly to heat, cool, maintain and easier to clean, secure and furnish than a 4000-sq.-ft. McMansion- especially if you are only one person. It also takes a lot less time from end to end, or top to bottom. Same goes for a city. If you are on Read More

Dedicated to the teachers I know and have known.

Seth Godin had this on his blog. I’d never heard of Taylor Mali- or his poem “What teachers make” Could you ever see a politician making the same kind of argument for what they do? For me, I need to thank  Susan Forde, Herb Curtis, Larry Geiger, Steven Young, Betty Levy, Mike Cleary, Art Blazer, Read More

The frustration of a Dayton small business owner

Jason Liff is someone I’ve known for a long time. He’s been in real estate as long as I’ve known him, and has done some decent sized deals. He was the one who introduced me to the owner of the Salem Mall- which I tried to save. He also was one of the investors on Read More

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