Free Speech letters 4/26/11

W is for West Side
I have been trying to formulate a strategy for solving the urban problem that exists in West Dayton. The problem I am referring to is how blighted this side of Dayton has become over time as a result of the legacy of being a poorer side of town, which has been exploited by corporations, and city and county governments. Multiple corporations (GM, Delco, Delphi, McCall Magazine, etc.) have abandoned their operations and facilities on the West side — in some cases after years of polluting the air, water and soil. The government agencies allowed and enabled this exploitation of their less empowered citizens.
These government agencies provided tax breaks for the various corporate entities — which promised more jobs for West-side residents. In reality, most of those hired came from outside of the West-side areas. Their legacy of pollution and buildings excessed in place remain as blights, and is a reflection of city and county governments that do not have the best interest of the citizen at heart. The zoning practices favoring corporations and interstate routes running through the West side — along with aforementioned dysfunctional governance — have resulted in drastic reductions in needed tax revenues.
On top of this, most waste disposal facilities, radio and TV towers are on the West side. Add to this the aftermath of the Republican-led housing, banking and general economic recession, and the West side sees higher levels of unemployment, growing crime rates and many houses sitting empty and abandoned. There are too many people whose full-time jobs have become stripping abandoned houses inside and out. Also, their most prominent job opportunities are in the areas of illegal drugs and stolen goods trafficking.
These urban crises, as generated by the misguided Republican and Democratic leadership, are replicated around the country. This is the plight of our poor urban areas and their citizens. Environmental degradation and tax revenue shortfalls are the end product of successful grassroots, corporate and institutional racial disrespect for African Americans and the West side of Dayton.
Also, these are the long-term effects of trickle-down savage capitalism, and Reagan’s, Clinton’s and Bush’s irresponsible national economic leadership. Their leadership provided the climate and incentives for corruption, fraud, greed, erosion of the rule of law and American under-achievement nationally and globally. The rule of law dwindles and is inversely proportional to a civil or criminal defendant’s ability to pay attorneys. Attorneys will defend a defendant even when the attorney knows their client is guilty, particularly if these clients are wealthy.
Joshua P. Foxx
Middletown, Ohio

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Your paper is great. I enjoy picking it up every Tuesday here at UD. Your stories and reviews are great too. So just keep up all of your great work that you all do.
Your good reader,
John Beach
Dayton, Ohio

Sad, but wasting our money

You’d be hard-pressed to find a many NASA fans more enthusiastic than I about the notion of bringing a shuttle to Dayton. I’ve been walking around with my fingers crossed over the prospect for over a year. But, yes, Sherrod Brown is wasting our tax money by calling for an investigation. The orbiters are soon to become artifacts; their purpose becomes to educate and inspire. They can do the most good where the most people can see them, and that justifies the selections on the coasts in major tourism centers. There are a lot of ways to crunch the numbers about location and site visitation to boost Dayton’s argument, but no matter how much we love the Air Force Museum, it’s not in New York, D.C., L.A. or Orlando. More people will see the shuttles in those locations.
(And there’s no such thing as no admission cost to a museum. The admission price to a “free museum” is the total daily operational cost of the place divided by the number of visitors that day. I don’t know the stats, but I doubt the Air Force Museum Foundation covers the costs without taxpayers footing at least part of the bill.)
Dayton, Ohio
Brown: A women’s advocate
KV Pharmaceuticals, a major drug company, was recently given exclusive rights by the FDA for a medication to prevent pre-term labor in expectant mothers. That drug company then increased the cost of this medicine, Makena, from $20 to $1,500, an increase that would render the medication virtually unattainable to working and disadvantaged mothers-to-be with no medical coverage.
Congressman Sherrod Brown was outraged and took action. He prevented the drug company from making a drug funded by public money financially prohibitive to the majority of the women of the public. What Sherrod Brown has done for women’s health care should be applauded. Because of his efforts, high-risk prenatal care will be available to all expectant mothers and their unborn babies, not just the ones with good jobs and good insurance.
Tracey Deaton
Dayton, Ohio

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