Getting citizens and police together, one talk at a time

Getting citizens and police together, one talk at a time

Since 1987, the Dayton Mediation Center has been settling disputes and conflicts by getting people together to constructively work through their problems. More recently, as headlines across the nation have highlighted troubles between police and people in minority communities, the center has worked with the Dayton Police Department to help people and officers find common ground — a program that is soon expanding across the city. Michelle Zaremba has been with the Mediation Center, 371 W. Second St. downtown, for 16 years and has run it as coordinator since 2009. We talked with her this week about her vision of starting broader community conversations about how police and citizens can work together.


Watching the races

Things just keep getting more interesting in the presidential race.

Just in the last few days, the Republican side has seen Jeb Bush getting criticized for his comments after the mass shooting in Oregon, while Donald Trump — who, last we checked, was still leading the polls — insists he’s not dropping out of the race. Meanwhile, Ohio’s own John Kasich has taken a tumble in polling but is staying on the trail.




Welcome to Rev. Trump’s Church of Emotional Economics

Donald Trump would not tell reporters whose advice he received in creating his recently unveiled tax plan, but I hear a familiar voice in its three-and-a-half pages. It sounds like Jeb Bush.

Bush released his own tax reform plan a couple of weeks earlier in September than his fellow Republican presidential candidate Trump. I’m not saying Trump plagiarized.


Putin cutting Obama down to size

If the humiliation of the Obama administration continues at this rate, by this time next week you should expect to see Secretary of State John Kerry on all fours at the United Nations, getting paddled by the Russian foreign minister and shouting, “Thank you, comrade! May I have another?”

Last week, President Obama and Vladimir Putin had a meeting at the United Nations.


Affordable care plus personal responsibility equals wellness

Access to affordable healthcare along with the personal responsibility to take care of your own health is often called “wellness.”

Wellness is more than being free from illness. It is the determination, persistence and knowledge to take care of your own health through diet, exercise and lifestyle choices.

According to the CDC, chronic diseases consume up to 75 percent of total healthcare costs.


Doctor: GOP statements about vaccines wrong

Concerns about children’s lives

Statements about immunizations made during the Republican Presidential debate are inaccurate and dangerous for Ohio families. According to the 2014 National Immunization Survey, a little more than two-thirds of Ohio’s children are fully protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. While those rates rose slightly from the year before, they are still well below what is needed to protect our children from preventable and potentially deadly diseases.


The loss of memory

From The American Scholar, on dementia: “When someone loses an arm or a leg, we know exactly what’s missing; but with the loss of memory, something greater is at stake. Memory isn’t just about remembering, and memory loss isn’t just about forgetting. Memory is responsible for creating continuity, meaning, and coherence both for ourselves and for those around us.


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