On The Beat 12/8/15

Buch’s 12 gifts of Christmas

By Jim Bucher

I just thought of what I would do with a Power Ball Jackpot. You know, for when it reaches hundreds of millions of dollars? I mean, somebody has to win it—why not me? Well, surely I’d keep a little to survive on and to put towards college for the kids, but the rest would all be put to good use. 
It would be awesome to hit the jackpot around holiday time. I’d have my own version of the “The 12 Days of Christmas.” You know, a partridge in a pear tree, lords a leaping, ladies dancing and so on and so forth. So, in the spirit of the season I present “Buch’s 12 Gifts of Christmas.”
This is my wish list for what we need here in Dayton and the Miami Valley. It’s not a full list because we can always do with more, simply some observations of things we could sure use around these here parts.
1. A gift of new companies that will call Dayton and the Miami Valley Home. We know that National Cash Register (NCR), Mead Corporation, etc. won’t return, but we can cultivate new and exciting businesses and welcome them here. Maybe I would throw in a little seed money to get the ball rolling.
2. New funding for our arts organizations so that they’ll thrive. I would provide enough to sustain them for quite a long while. Your community is only as good as its arts. 
3. I would make it so that the traffic pattern on Main Street at I-75 will finally be fixed. Am I the only driver perplexed at the timing of lights? You can’t make any of them no matter what time of day, north or south, left turn lanes etc. If you have traveled that route before, you feel my pain. Wouldn’t that be an awesome gift? I’d fund the study.
4. I would fund a big downtown festival, maybe three days of arts, crafts, big music headliners, food trucks and more. It would be during the summer months with people coming from all over to partake. 
5. I would arrange for the owner of the Rike’s reindeer (which adorned the outside of the Second and Main department store) to come forth and donate Dasher, Dancer and the rest to the Schuster Center. Wouldn’t it be cool during the holidays to have them climbing the outside of performing arts center? I’ll pay top dollar.
6. This is a tough one to fund, but I would arrange for those of us in Dayton to be the standard-bearer for inclusivity as a city. No matter your race, gender or sexual preference everyone is accepted. We all bleed red last time I checked. 
7. More of my winnings would be allocated as a little public money to fix up our blighted Dayton neighborhoods. Wouldn’t that be wonderful now that many inner city areas are approaching 100 years old or more? Let us save the housing stock before it’s too late. Let’s be proactive instead of the other way around. 
8. This gift is another dream that all high school graduates receive scholarship money for college. At least enough for a two-year degree. Take my wallet please! 
9. How about this for gift nine: I’d donate cold hard cash to our animal shelters here. The Society for the Improvement and Conditions of Animals (SICSA), the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center and the Humane Society all receive funds for their spay and neutering programs so all of our four legged friends can get fixed to control the explosion of unwanted animals. If I ever hit the lottery you can count on me to contribute. 
10. For this one, another big chunk of my winnings would resurrect Dayton’s historic Arcade. I would like to turn the neglected apartments back into wonderful downtown housing. The dome would be fixed up with a first class affordable restaurant where you can dine under the stars. Ahh, a guy can dream, can’t he? 
11. My friends at the Dayton Foundation would get the final big chunk to start funds for projects as needed. It’s a wonderful organization and where I have my Wahid Abdullah Memorial Scholarship Fund, which every year awards $1,000 to a high school senior for college tuition. Take as much as you like, guys!
Jeez have I run out of cash yet? If not, my 12th and final gift would be for all of you to achieve your dreams of a blessed life with lots of love and the pursuit of happiness this holiday season and beyond. Actually, if I only get to finance one Christmas gift, then this one is it. Value: priceless. 
God Bless, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com

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Jim Bucher
For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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