A conversation with Michael Roediger

A conversation with Michael Roediger

Michael Roediger is going on three years at the helm of one of the largest arts and cultural organizations in the Miami Valley — the Dayton Art Institute, which is looking forward in a few years to its 100th anniversary. We caught up with its director and CEO recently to talk about the ideas and thoughts he brings to the job, and to look at how the museum is changing, growing and planning for the future. To learn more about its programs, events and collections, visit — Ron Rollins

Q: What’s a typical day for the director of a big art museum?

A: My day starts here about 8:15 and usually wraps up around 7:30 or 8 in the evening.


Veteran’s thoughts on Bergdahl

We sought readers’ opinions about U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who now faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy:

Here’s what Dennis Singleton, one of our local veterans, has to say:

“The visual of this president arm and arm with the parents of Bowe Bergdahl in the Rose Garden while the father is speaking phrases in Arabic that terrorists use when killing innocents will always remind me of what poor judgment this president routinely uses.




Good intentions on race trip up on our ignorance

Updated 6:00 a.m. — 

Am I the only person in America not making fun of Howard Schultz?

The Starbucks CEO bought himself a ton of ridicule recently when he attempted to jumpstart a national dialogue on race by having baristas write the words “Race Together” on customers’ cups of Cinnamon Dolce Light Frappuccino Grande or Caffe Misto Venti with extra coconut.

On Twitter, the campaign was dubbed “patronizing” and “absurd.


Charen: Death to America

Maybe I’m too sensitive, but when a foreign autocrat leads his people in chants of “Death to America,” I take it personally.

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry apparently don’t. The chant, which became a staple of the Islamic Republic during the 1979 revolution, is not a relic of the past. Eralier this month, at a rally in the northern part of the country, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei was interrupted by the chant as he was denouncing American “lies” and “arrogance.


Ohio’s shifting population

This much Ohioans know: New Census estimates suggest that while Franklin County (Columbus) is growing, Cuyahoga (Cleveland) and Montgomery (Dayton) counties are losing people.

At first glance, that suggests a couple Democratic fortresses are disarming, while Central Ohio, much of it Republican, is, politically speaking, building an empire.


A look at the Republican party’s challenges

Reader: Why voters won’t elect a GOP president

In his piece “Like Yogi said, It’s ‘deja vu, all over again’,” March 25, Tony Corvo asked, “What would it take to legislatively eliminate or make real changes to the IRS, EPA, DOD, Department of Education, and other omnipresent and self-serving federal agencies?” For one thing, it would take a majority of voting Americans who see those agencies the same way you do, but such a thing does not exist.


Luxury brands as status symbols

From New Republic: “While lower-income shoppers may not be buying luxury items in droves, ever-lower clothing prices and fast fashion have made it possible to look of-the-moment on nearly any budget. So it’s no surprise that trendiness is now stigmatized …. While some of this comes from a genuine (and necessary) horror at the appalling labor conditions under which much cheap clothing is produced, the fact that high-end clothing isn’t necessarily produced more ethically suggests the horror of cheapo brands has an additional source.


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