On The Beat: 8/16

Politics and potpourri

By Jim Bucher

My late, great dad offered lots of advice throughout his 77 years, some of which still resonates in the old noodle today. A little alarm bell goes off anytime I even think of my father’s solid advice commandments.

“If you want to destroy a friendship fast, never, ever loan that buddy money, discuss religion or politics,” he’d say. And no truer words have been spoken.

So, with those sage words, I must proclaim any discussion of the upcoming election, and you are no longer my friend.

Let me explain. I’m not affiliated with any political party – even though I’ve experienced both sides of the aisle asking if I ever thought about running for office. I’m a candidate kind of guy.

Now, back to the friend deal.

Social media is a wonderful thing, but is at the same time a place for venom, vitriol, and hatred toward folks running for office.

With that said, if you post or tag me regarding hurtful comments toward said candidates, I will unfriend or block you. Just until after the election. This includes any candidate on both sides. Sort of my personal version of censorship. So far, the count is up to around two dozen.

I’m not apologizing either. Nope, my social media pages are all mine. I will control the content, like The Outer Limits taking control of my television. Hey kids, look that up on YouTube.

So for you political pundits out there in social media land, if there’s a hint of negativity toward any politician in my feeds, see ya Wednesday, Nov. 9. Then we can be friends again.

Potpourri

I’m sure you’ve heard the news regarding the Montgomery County Fair.

The latest is a letter of intent signed with the city of Huber Heights for the possibility of moving there.

Nothing is set in stone, but the fair will go on as planned, at its current location on South Main across from Miami Valley Hospital, Aug. 31 through Labor Day. And in 2017, dates change to July 10-15. After that, who knows, but in the meantime, this year and next is a great time to come, reminisce, and make new memories on the historical grounds, the one of a kind roundhouse. Original bleachers. Daytonians packed to the rafters during the Wright brother’s homecoming parade. Walk the very ground where generations before sought refuge during the devastating 1913 flood.

And to think, 150 plus years ago, that part of Dayton was countryside.

Hope to see you there for the final couple of times.

Potpourri, part 2

Many of you know I’m a born and raised Dayton dude, still in my grandfather’s home in the Five Oaks section of the city. I’ve seen lots in my 50 plus years: the heyday of big industry like NCR, Dayton Press, GM, Delco, etc. and the loss of those great companies and decline of downtown.

But I’m a glass-half-full kind of guy, looking on the bright side. So, I was amazed on a recent bicycle jaunt through town how the city center is bustling.

Nowhere near the days of old when downtown was truly the business center of the region, but pretty damn impressive.

The loft housing which was but a far-flung dream a decade or two ago is bursting at the seams.

New library, pop-up shops, microbreweries, and, most importantly, people milling about.

Very, very impressive. It took much sweat equity from lots of folks to pull it off. Great team effort.

A friendly reminder, though, city leaders…don’t forget the neighborhoods in this big investment for the future. Many of the beautiful homes are still neglected. We can do better.

Yes, “can do” is happening downtown, but lets share a little love with the “hoods.”

Just sayin’.

A big thanks to all of you who’ve come up to say they read me each week in Dayton City Paper.

Really makes my day and quite possibly my week. But do me a favor: let us know your thoughts and comments here at the paper. We’d love to hear from you, plus job security for me. Ha! Use the contact info below. Also, if you have any story ideas for me, send them this way, too.

Well, that’s it for this week. Hope to see you on Facebook either currently or in November. Comprende?

Cheers,

Buch

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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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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