Coronavirus Crisis

Whaley having it both ways

To be clear, even though Mayor Nan Whaley thinks and acts like she runs the city, she is but one vote on a commission of five, that is supposed to provide oversight on the City Manager. The City Manager is supposed to run this city. Unfortunately, that’s not how things work in real life. City Read More

When America knew humble pride

Just after WWII, America, victorious in war yet battled by its aftermath, had to face an uncertain future just like what we are facing during the Coronavirus pandemic. Granted, the coronavirus death toll, while still climbing, hasn’t reached the 405,000 that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country and world peace during WWII, but, there Read More

Now, can we solve the digital divide?

In 2012, my campaign platform included the proposal that we have a citywide wifi system and that every Dayton Public Schools student be equipped with an iPad. I wanted to end the “digital divide.” I’d also have thrown in, that every time we run new gas lines, we include fiber optic lines as part of Read More

Pivot: cut cities, not services.

The Coronavirus Crisis is going to cause havoc with municipal budgets that run off income tax. With huge swaths of newly unemployed not kicking in to the local government coffers, most cities are tightening their belts and reassessing where they allocate funds. Some early projections show cities may lose 10% to 20% of 2020 projected Read More