Farewell, friend

Re: “OTB, so long, but not goodbye” by Jim Bucher; January 2, 2018; Vol. 15, No. 1

I can’t believe Jim Bucher is leaving! I saved Erma Bombeck’s articles about parenting to give to my kids someday, to show them how much I love them. I saved Buch’s columns to show my kids why I love this city. When I moved here from Western Massachusetts, I didn’t have any friends. Buch was the buddy I couldn’t find on the street. He told me, a stranger, what was cool about this city and who was worth knowing. I sort of read his, “Where are they now?” columns backwards, figuring out who I would’ve liked if I vhad grown up here and looking up that person’s old work. Buch tells me which companies are worth giving money to now that I’ve got plenty of that. I visited some of the best events in Dayton because Buch said they were cool. He even introduced me to some new Christmas movies. (I had honestly never seen, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” before Buch. Now I cuddle with my kids and watch it every Christmas. I guess you know if I wonder what I’ll do instead of reading his column every week it’s because nothing can replace him. My kids will know that too, when I share an old shoebox full of columns with them.

Audrey Levene via ContactUs@DaytonCityPaper.com

Bye, Buch

Re: “OTB, so long, but not goodbye” by Jim Bucher; January 2, 2018; Vol. 15, No. 1

As a life-long Daytonian, I was sad to read of Jim Bucher’s departure from the Dayton City Paper. I enjoyed his ‘all round nice guy’ demeanor present in each of his stories. Not only that, his vast knowledge of Dayton and the surrounding Miami Valley is an important key to his local personality reporting. It seemed such a perfect fit for the Dayton City Paper with his love for the city and the people of Dayton. Thank you for including his work in your publication through the years. His service to the community is immeasurable. He is definitely one of the gems of the “Gem City” and his contributions will be greatly missed.

Sarah Schmidt via ContactUs@DaytonCityPaper.com

USA! USA! USA!

Re: “The sport for all” by Megan Garrison; January 2, 2018; Vol. 15, No. 1

I am so happy you all covered curling! I love this sport and think it doesn’t get the attention it deserves. You had great timing too with the Olympics coming up and everything, too. My brother and I have always wanted to try it so now we can!

Tina Shirley via ContactUs@DaytonCityPaper.com

Well done

Re: “The worst of 2017” by various writers; December 26, 2017; Vol. 14, No. 52

I must applaud the current DCP team. This was the BEST “worst of” issue I’ve seen the City Paper do. I loved the cover story even though it was gross as hell.

B. Petersen via ContactUs@DaytonCityPaper.com

Farewell

Re: “OTB, so long, but not goodbye” by Jim Bucher; January 2, 2018; Vol. 15, No. 1

I have “known” you since moving to the Dayton area 30 years ago.  I watched you on Channel 2.  Then read you in the Dayton City Paper.  Now you are off to new adventures. I wish you well.

Margie Perenic via ContactUs@DaytonCityPaper.com

Late night struggles

Re: “Can’t sleep?” by Sarah Conard; January 9, 2018; Vol. 15, No. 2

As much as I applaud your team for finding things to do in this town (a huge search it probably was) I am struggling to understand why something so dangerous would be your cover story. It is far too dangerous to be out this late and in these areas. Why would you be influencing our children like this? You are now encouraging them to sneak out and try all this, and that’s just not safe! Maybe you can cover how to be safe in the city next.

Suzie Smith via ContactUs@DaytonCityPaper.com

Really, dude?

Re: “It’s freezing again” by Mark Leudtke; January 9, 2018; Vol. 15, No. 9

Hey, news flash, not everything is concocted by the government. Sometimes things just happen. And guess what – maybe global warning is real. Did you ever think of that? Maybe this freezing is a consequence of that? As much as I trust and believe in NASA, I trust hearing them say something directly and not you. And what is this “Polar Bear International”? Did you make this up too? Come on dude. Let’s do some real research next time.

Steve Burnett via ContactUs@DaytonCityPaper.com

Trains

Re: “In good hands” by Missy Mae Walters; January 9, 2018; Vol. 15, No.2

I don’t know how Missy Mae Walters sleeps at night. She seems worried about all technical improvements. Her argument against autonomous trains: Technology is changing more quickly for me than it did for my grandma, who lived through the Great Depression. I’m scared. She says driverless trains are safer because humans are watching from somewhere. Then she says autonomous trains are dangerous because humans (especially really smart really young humans) could hack them. Are humans keeping us safe or not? What master hacker would bother hacking a train? There’s no money in that. Walters wants me to be scared of everything, just because she is. I don’t see the point in arguing with her, because I don’t see the point in her argument.

Reed Atkinson via ContactUs@DaytonCityPaper.com

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