Tag Archives: On the Beat

On The Beat 11/24

Light(s) up your holidays There’s nothing better to get my Christmas spirit burning bright than a couple of annual “Happy Holidays” lighting events. First, it’s the annual downtown tradition celebrated by generations, the Dayton Holiday Festival, kicking off with the Grande Illumination. For those living under a rock this Friday, it all kicks off with […]

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On The Beat 11/17


Yes, Jimmy. There is a Santa Claus. By Jim Bucher Photo: Doc Claus has played Santa in the Dayton area for 50 years   OK, we all know Santa is real, and for you naysayers out there, well, bah humbug. But I’ve always wondered how he can be in so many places at the same […]

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On the Beat: 10/13


Walking dead comes to Dayton By Jim Bucher Tell me if you’ve heard of this one before. There’s a little TV show about the zombie apocalypse called The Walking Dead. The weekly ratings are pretty scary for traditional broadcast networks, tearing up the competition like machine guns to zombies. So, it’s a no-brainer for a […]

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On the Beat: 10/06

The state of health care: a state of shock By Jim Bucher People ask me all the all the time where I get my story ideas for columns in Dayton City Paper. Well, some come from my bizarre mind, others from readers, but most write themselves. Case in point: last week I came down with […]

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On the Beat 09/15

Buch gets a tip By Jim Bucher Boy, did I get an earful, or rather an inbox full of responses from my column on tipping in the Aug. 18 edition of Dayton City Paper. It seems I touched a nerve or two. Most people were in agreement that service industry workers survive on tips, but […]

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On The Beat: 09/08

FLOC Anti-bullying rally kicks off By Jim Bucher I remember being a scrawny kid; in grade school, I was pushed around by guys bigger than me, which in most cases was just about everybody. Bullying was a part of school life. Now, it wasn’t all the time, but occasionally it was worrisome. That part of […]

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On the Beat: 09/01

Can’t live with it, can’t live without it: the Internet By Jim Bucher This just in from the OHMYGAWD department… I was going through some old papers and came across a printed email from a segment I did while working on local television called, “Hey Buch, What’s Up With That?” I took questions from viewers […]

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On the Beat: 08/25

Montgomery County Fair time again By Jim Bucher What is it about the aroma of a certain food or a particular smell that conjures up so many wonderful, vivid memories? That’s what happens to me every year, a few days before Labor Day weekend, at the Montgomery County Fair. Corn dogs, funnel cakes, sausages, hamburgers, […]

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On the beat: 08/18

Please tip your waitstaff By Jim Bucher   This is a subject I’ve wanted to write about for quite some time: Tipping. Many tip generously, some tip little; others leave absolute zilch. I was always taught to leave a tip based on great service from a waiter or waitress. But why do some tip and others […]

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On the beat: 08/11

Socializing in a social media world By Jim Bucher   PUT THE PHONE AWAY! How many times have you uttered that phrase? Whether it’s your kids, grandkids or maybe even your spouse, we are addicted to electronic devices. I always joke that our future leaders of tomorrow will text across the table to hash out […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23


For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16


For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]