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TODAY’S MODERATOR: CCW and confrontations

9:36 PM Friday, Jun. 02, 2017

Another reader responded to comments from a concealed-carry gunowner this week. “The gentleman is obviously a very calm and sober person,” he writes. “But that’s the problem with CCW and stand-your-ground. The comments we hear are all about ‘I’m sober and responsible and calm, and may be confronted by someone...
TODAY’S MODERATOR: More gun changes coming?

8:51 PM Tuesday, May. 30, 2017

Ohio legislators are messing around with gun laws again. Writes our reporter Laura A. Bischoff, “Gun-rights supporters are pushing for the right to carry concealed weapons in more places in Ohio, eliminate the requirement that people tell cops who stop them that they have a firearm and no longer require someone to retreat from a threat...
Sports vs. education — who wins?

4:00 AM Monday, May. 29, 2017

What should a university’s mission be? Reader and frequent correspondent Mary Collier asked that in a recent letter in which she wonders about some recent University of Dayton news. “‘Record UD Arena redo takes flight,’ May 12: So the leadership of UD, like most of higher education, has decided to abuse its non-profit...
TODAY’S MODERATOR: New fireworks law in Ohio?

9:28 PM Tuesday, May. 23, 2017

Ready for some fireworks? Our Statehouse reporter, Laura A. Bischoff, writes that a new bill could radically change the state’s now-restrictive fireworks laws. She writes: “Fireworks could be going off in your neighborhood 24 hours a day, seven days a week, if pending legislation becomes law. State representatives are backing...
But what about squirrels?

8:13 PM Tuesday, May. 23, 2017

Reader Thelma Lewis sent in what may very well be the final word on our recent columns and emails about outdoor and feral cats, and whether they’re a danger to bird populations. She writes: “I’m reading much about the ‘cat problem’ in the community, however nothing about the serious squirrel problems. &ldquo...
TODAY’S MODERATOR: Cats vs. birds: who wins?

8:33 PM Tuesday, May. 16, 2017

A piece at Smithsonian.com asks: are cats endangering migratory bird populations? Not all cats, of course — just outdoor felines, who eat lots and lots of birds. The article focused on Peter Marra, head of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and author of the recent book “Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer...
TODAY’S MODERATOR: An officer’s accidental OD

8:08 PM Monday, May. 15, 2017

This story about the opioid epidemic was scary — an Ohio police officer overdosed just from brushing up against evidence. Our staff writer Chris Stewart reported: “An eastern Ohio officer was revived with four doses of Narcan after he accidentally came into contact with suspected fentanyl during a traffic stop and overdosed Friday...
TODAY’S MODERATOR: Raising babies behind bars

4:00 AM Friday, May. 12, 2017

You don’t tend to think of babies when you think of prison, but staff writer Lynn Hulsey covered a program at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville that allows some inmates to take care of their small children while they’re behind bars. She interviewed a young mother in her 20s who had her 22-month-old son in the prison...
TODAY’S MODERATOR: Working with returning ex-felons

7:06 PM Tuesday, May. 09, 2017

Sharing more today from the recent Think Regional! 2017 Summit, where regional leaders discussed workforce development. Several panelists talked about ex-felons who want to return to the workforce as an important population. “We have a number of employers who work directly with prisons, saying ‘If you train them, we’ll hire...
TODAY’S MODERATOR: Do companies do enough?

4:00 AM Friday, May. 05, 2017

The last few days, we’ve been sharing observations from the recent Think Regional! summit on workforce development held in West Chester Twp. with academics and officials from the Cincinnati-Dayton area. Panelists talked a lot about how schools can teach students the “soft skills” needed to be successful in the workplace...
TODAY’S MODERATOR: Schools can partner with business

4:00 AM Thursday, May. 04, 2017

We wrote the other day about smart comments Dan Schroer, superintendent of Springboro’s schools, made at the recent Think Regional! summit in West Chester Twp. about how to help students learn the “soft skills” employers want them to have. Here’s more from the summit. Schroer also talked about his district’s...
TODAY’S MODERATOR: Learning leadership after class

7:24 PM Tuesday, May. 02, 2017

A lot is said about how to create a stronger workforce, in order to boost our area’s economic prospects. Last week in West Chester Twp., the Think Regional! coalition of planners, teachers, development and government officials from Dayton, Cincinnati and the CinDay region in between met to talk about how to make it happen. It was a...
What about speed cameras?

8:17 PM Monday, May. 01, 2017

More views on red-light cameras, sharing from our readers. This from C. Benson: “I agree with Doris Stoner’s view on red light cameras. I wouldn’t care if there was one at every intersection. Everyone knows what color the light is when they start through the intersection and you get a picture to show you. “What I don&rsquo...
TODAY’S MODERATOR: Cameras made him a better driver?

8:33 PM Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017

More red-light and traffic camera thoughts from readers, responding to news that Dayton may bring back the controversial devices by placing officers at them in keeping with new state rules. This from Joseph Pizza: “Traffic cameras do reduce traffic accidents and help keep our roads safer. No one likes receiving a notification from the...
TODAY’S MODERATOR: Cameras are just Big Brother?

8:28 PM Monday, Apr. 24, 2017

Sharing more reader reactions to news that Dayton may bring back red-light and traffic cameras. From Elaine Laino: “I am totally against the cameras. They seem to target the poor. I see them on Salem Avenue but not in Oakwood. Soon, there will be cameras everywhere, monitoring our every move. Walking across a street between corners?...
TODAY’S MODERATOR: Red-light cameras may come back

5:55 PM Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017

Watch your driving, folks — Dayton is bringing back those controversial red-light cameras . Our staff writer Cornelius Frolik reports: “Dayton police propose to have 10 fixed systems, six handheld devices and two trailer, portable units. The photo enforcement program began in 2003 and ended in July...
TODAY’S MODERATOR: Airlines and ‘calculated misery’

7:24 PM Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017

Airlines and the general state of the flight industry have been much in the news lately. We spotted this bit on Vox.com: “The smartest move the commercial airline industry ever made was to convince consumers to pay extra for what used to be the minimum. It’s even got a name: ‘calculated misery.’ That sounds like a...
TODAY’S MODERATOR: Fearless Girl vs. the haters

9:20 PM Monday, Apr. 17, 2017

Have you heard yet about “Fearless Girl”? She’s the small bronze sculpture of a young girl standing defiantly, hands on hips, just a few steps from the famous statue of Wall Street’s charging bull. The temporary sculpture installed for International Women’s Day appears to be facing down the iconic bull, a la...
TODAY’S MODERATOR: Should pilots be drug-tested?

4:00 AM Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017

All kinds of jobs do drug and alcohol testing these days, and people have strong feelings about it — both pro and con. After a Centerville airline pilot and his wife died of a drug overdose in their home a few weeks ago, this newspaper looked into how often pilots are tested. Staff writer Will Garbe reported that “pilots responsible...
TODAY’S MODERATOR: Changes coming to school testing?

4:00 AM Friday, Apr. 14, 2017

Is the end in sight for Ohio school testing? Our education reporter, Jeremy P. Kelley, reported this week: “The state school board on Tuesday threw its support behind pathways to graduation for Class of 2018 students who don’t pass state tests. The board backed the recommendations of the state workgroup – to allow those...
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