Ron Rollins

Ideas & Voices editor.

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Some changes you’ll see in our Dayton Daily News pages
 As loyal readers know, we’re several years into the “Ideas & Voices” format for our opinion pages that focuses on community voices and balanced views. We’ve been listening to your comments and suggestions for the page, and we’ve kicked off some changes to make these pages more valuable to our readers. The most...

Posted: a day ago

As loyal readers know, we’re several years into the “Ideas & Voices” format for our opinion pages that focuses on community voices and balanced views. We’ve been listening to your comments and suggestions for the page, and we’ve kicked off some changes to make these pages more valuable to our readers. The most...
Dayton has fiercely battled the opioid crisis. Now, some worthy national credit has come.
 When this newspaper began our Path Forward project earlier this year, reporter Katie Wedell built upon her long-running coverage of the opioid epidemic to write a story that stepped back from the crisis to ask: How could the city that had been tagged the nation’s “overdose capital” become a model for recovery? Could we become...

Posted: 2 days ago

When this newspaper began our Path Forward project earlier this year, reporter Katie Wedell built upon her long-running coverage of the opioid epidemic to write a story that stepped back from the crisis to ask: How could the city that had been tagged the nation’s “overdose capital” become a model for recovery? Could we become...
THE PATH FORWARD: The people helping us listen and learn

7:43 PM Monday, Nov. 05, 2018

When the Dayton Daily News launched its “Path Forward” project earlier this year to examine some of the toughest issues facing our region, we knew we had to try to do some things differently to get the results we hoped to achieve. We formed a team of reporters and editors who were given the task of focusing for a long-term, sustained...
Dayton not ‘Left Behind,’ ready for a comeback story
 Well, it happened again. A major national news organization parachuted into Dayton and portrayed our community as the poster child for all cities dealing with the urban problems of our time: poverty, drugs, economic inequality, racial differences, blight and all the rest. But we know that’s not Dayton’s full story. It’s...

10:00 AM Sunday, Sep. 16, 2018

Well, it happened again. A major national news organization parachuted into Dayton and portrayed our community as the poster child for all cities dealing with the urban problems of our time: poverty, drugs, economic inequality, racial differences, blight and all the rest. But we know that’s not Dayton’s full story. It’s...
TODAY’S MODERATOR: GM going all electric

3:40 PM Tuesday, Oct. 03, 2017

This was either an “about time,” or a “didn’t see that coming.” On Monday, General Motors announced an all-electric future. Says Wired, “After more than a century peddling vehicles that pollute … GM is ending its relationship with gasoline and diesel. The American automotive giant announced that...
Thoughts on 9/11

4:00 AM Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017

Reader Brian Jarvis, a city council member from Beavercreek, shared his thoughts about 9/11. ” It is important for us to gather on this day each year, as individuals as well as a society, to reflect on those tragic events. We need to remember those whose lives were taken on that day as well as those who willingly gave their lives for...
3 things Garrison Keillor liked about Dayton during his visit this week
 Any time Garrison Keillor comes to town, he makes it very plain that he spent the earlier part of the day before his show wandering about town, checking out cool things to do. Thursday night’s concert at the Fraze Pavilion was no exception, as the popular humorist, singer, writer, radio host and creator of NPR’s “A Prairie...

5:50 PM Thursday, Sep. 07, 2017

Any time Garrison Keillor comes to town, he makes it very plain that he spent the earlier part of the day before his show wandering about town, checking out cool things to do. Thursday night’s concert at the Fraze Pavilion was no exception, as the popular humorist, singer, writer, radio host and creator of NPR’s “A Prairie...
OPINION: The statues debate continues

4:35 PM Tuesday, Sep. 05, 2017

Seems the debate about the propriety, and the future, of Confederate monuments isn’t going to fade soon. This came in from reader Tom Billing. “I find Frank Abernathy’s comment appalling. He does not take into account that the war was fought over slavery. No one ever mentions that when a country is defeated in war, their...
Keeping an eye on AI

4:00 AM Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017

Are you worried about the coming of artificial intelligence? Inventor and futuristic entrepreneur Elon Musk is, and he isn’t being quiet about it. According to The Guardian, “Elon Musk has warned again about the dangers of artificial intelligence, saying that it poses ‘vastly more risk’ than the apparent nuclear capabilities...
TODAY’S MODERATOR: Yup, get ready for flying cars

4:00 AM Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

We’ve been talking a lot lately about distracted driving and self-driving cars — but are we ready yet for flying cars? It will come as no surprise to anybody who remembers the old “Back to the Future” movies that none other than DeLorean Aerospace is working on one. Wired magazine writes about the design being pushed...
TODAY’S MODERATOR: A new kind of 911

4:00 AM Sunday, Jul. 23, 2017

The abuse of 911 services has been much-covered, especially so-called “frequent flyers” who more or less use the calls as their primary health care. In many cities, costs are out of hand. According to The Atlantic, Memphis is trying a new approach. “Since April, the city has been engaged in an experiment to take some pressure...