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Commentary Forum: 1/10

The 2016 blooper reel What is the worst thing that happened in 2016? By Sarah Sidlow Late November, Merriam-Webster sent out a distress signal on Twitter: “‘Fascism’ is still our #1 lookup. # of lookups = how we choose our Word of the Year. There’s still time to look something else up.” Yes, that emphasis is theirs. […]

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Debate Forum: 10/18

Easy come, easy go Should Dayton increase its income tax? By Sarah Sidlow Fun fact: The city of Dayton maintains 5,700 vacant lots and mows them two to three times per year. Another fun fact: The city of Dayton has proposed a 0.25 percent earnings tax increase, so that they could, among other things, mow […]

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M.O. with Mayor Leitzell

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A final word and a look back  By Gary D. Leitzell Photo: Volunteers Norm, Joseph and David and recent Rwandan immigrant Theopene work on renovations at La Casa on Holt Street; Photo: David Leach Editor’s Note: Over the past four years, Mayor Gary Leitzell penned a bi-monthly column for the Dayton City Paper, addressing various issues […]

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The little things that make a big difference By Gary D. Leitzell   Soon after being elected in 2009, I was asked by several people what big thing I was going to do to “save” Dayton. I had just inherited a nightmare. Businesses were leaving. The mortgage foreclosure crisis was hitting hard and we were […]

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M.O. with Mayor Leitzell

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Why risk Dayton?  By Gary Leitzell   Photo: “Media outlets like the Dayton City Paper took the lead and promoted the positive aspects of the area …” -Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell; photo: Bill Franz One of the greatest misconceptions in the region is that downtown Dayton is not a safe place to visit. There are still some […]

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Be careful what you wish for By Gary Leitzell Photo: Mayor Gary Leitzell talking with supporters during his victorious 2009 campaign for Dayton mayor  “Be careful what you wish for,” I was told just four years ago when I ran for mayor of Dayton. It was an interesting statement, because my mission at the time was […]

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The function of Dayton’s government By Gary Leitzell Photo: Dayton City Hall: “A commission that is not swayed by a national agenda or distracted by what the other side is doing will always work in the best interests of the citizens.” – Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell This is an election year for three members of the […]

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M.O. with Mayor Leitzell

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The Dayton Renaissance By  Gary D. Leitzell Last October, I wrote an article in the Dayton City Paper about 63 things that have happened since the start of 2010. That list has already grown by another 15 items, but I want to take a moment to list some other facts that are not well known. It […]

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M.O. with Mayor Leitzell

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Dayton: Still safer than you’re led to believe  by Mayor Gary D. Leitzell Last year I wrote an article about how safe downtown Dayton really is. As we close 2012, I want to reiterate the fact that crime is down in Dayton as a whole. When I ran for office in 2009, one of the […]

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63 Things To Be Happy About In Dayton by Mayor Gary D. Leitzell A while back, a citizen came to me with a complaint: “There’s too much to do in Dayton.” I reassured the man this was a good problem to have. There is so much activity going on in Dayton these days – culturally, […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 5/23

By Michelle Strauss Wii the people A woman decided to go outside to take her evening smoke. Inside her residence, […]

The Docket: 5/16

Short relationships, long fights A woman and her ex-boyfriend decided they needed to meet and discuss their breakup. The woman […]

Law and Disorder: The Docket 5/9

40 oz. fight A woman was hanging out with friends when they all decided to buy some beer. She knew […]

The Docket: 5/2

Cupcake capers A man walked into a store and headed to the cupcake section. The owner suspected there would be […]

Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]