There has been a lot of news recently about the federal probe within the city of Dayton and its contracts with local businessmen. A “culture of corruption in Dayton-area politics” exists, according to an investigator. It is undoubtedly not what we would have wanted to happen within our own community.
It’s also something we should not take lightly and much is still to be learned about how far this will go. Will there be more arrests? These things tend to bring down more people as testimony unveils more illegal activities. We will talk about assessing our actions and the systems of checks and balances. There will be talk about transparency and, yes, when you have the FBI knocking on your door you might ask if there is a choice in that matter.
I bring this up because I fear we might, in all these discussions, put more weight and time on what the perceptions are for our community to those not living and/or working here. The real challenge sits not with the possible convictions of these alleged crooks but with our local leaders—both young and those more mature in years—and how we can cultivate their passions. If we take our eye off continuing to offer them a sense of their ability to participate in progress much of what has been accomplished in the last decade, especially in the urban core, could quickly dissipate.
This thing will all play out and be on our news stream for some time, yet I would encourage us all to keep those in our own community close and our collective wins front and center.




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