A different take on center-city population woes

A different take on center-city population woes

One of our most-checked websites is Rustwire, which examines issues in older Midwest cities. This essay, by an urban planner from Akron named Jason Segedy, appeared on the site recently and struck us as a thoughtful reappraisal of some of the challenges faced by Dayton and other, similar communities across the region.

The fact that many American cities are experiencing significant population decline is old news. This has been occurring since 1950, particularly in the older cities that were once part of the “Great American Manufacturing Belt” that stretched across the northern tier of the country from New England to just west of the Mississippi River.


Top story of 2014?

In your opinion, what has been the most impactful news story of 2014?

Did it make national headlines, such as midterm elections, Ferguson, the death of John Crawford III at the Beavercreek Walmart, the Affordable Care Act or the domestic violence charges against several high-profile NFL players? Or was it immigration or the United States’ changing relationship with Cuba?




Krugman: Conquest is for losers

More than a century has passed since Norman Angell, a British journalist and politician, published “The Great Illusion,” a treatise arguing that the age of conquest was or at least should be over. He didn’t predict an end to warfare, but he did argue that aggressive wars no longer made sense — that modern warfare impoverishes the victors as well as the vanquished.


Brooks: The subtle sensations of faith

When you watch people exercise faith, the first thing you see is how surprising it is. You’d think faith would be a simple holding of belief, or a confidence in things unseen, but, in real life, faith is unpredictable and ever-changing.

It begins, for many people, with an elusive experience of wonder and mystery. The best modern book on belief is “My Bright Abyss” by my Yale colleague, Christian Wiman.


Monuments honors William M. McCulloch

Unveiled, a week before Christmas, in an Ohio Statehouse picky about whom and what it physically commemorates, was a truly worthy monument — to the late William M. McCulloch, a Republican from Piqua, just north of Dayton, who served in Congress from 1947 through 1972.

McCulloch (1901-1980) was conservative, as perhaps only a western Ohio Republican can be, a small-town lawyer and among the directors of a local bank.


More concerns about torture report

Looking at the numbers

Congressional hearings exposing the fraud, deceit and lies needed to implement Obamacare (“Report on torture faults CIA,” Dec. 10), and then the braggadocio about the stupidity of over 300 million American citizens. This was followed immediately by the “confessional” staged by Sen. Dianne Feinstein concerning “torture.


Our attractiion to Mars

From Pacific Standard: “ A trip to Mars is a priority for many scientific reasons — some believe it’s the planet that most resembles our own, and one that could answer the age-old question of whether we’re alone in the universe — but there’s also been a long popular fascination with the planet, (NASA’s Chief Scientist Ellen) Stofan observed. Ever since Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli first observed the canali on Mars in the 1800s … the planet has loomed large in the public’s imagination.


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