Timeline: Romney’s disaster relief event in Kettering today

Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 8:07 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 8:07 AM

Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for President of the United States, is in Kettering for a disaster relief event at Trent Arena. The following is a timeline of his activity in the area today.

12:29 p.m.: Romney has left Trent Arena. The event is over.

12:03 p.m.: The food and goods collected during Romney’s disaster relief event will reportedly be heading to New Jersey. No official word on collection totals at this point.

11:53 a.m.: Romney’s brief remarks have concluded. Randy Owen, lead singer of the band Alabama, is with the campaign.

11:49 a.m.: Mitt Romney has started speaking. “Your generosity this morning touches my heart,” he told those inside Trent Arena. “It’s the American way.”

11:41 a.m.: As the crowd chants for Romney, organizers estimate at least 2,500 people inside Trent Arena.

11:03 a.m.: Romney — with Sen. Rob Portman — is en route to Trent Arena. Portman was at one time on Romney’s short list as a potential running mate.

10:53 a.m.: Romney is still at his hotel. The event appears to be delayed, per police scanner information.

10:37 a.m.: About a dozen Fairmont students can be seen sorting the food brought in for Sandy relief.

10:15 a.m.: Randy Fox, 49, of Beavercreek, just made it into Trent Arena and told one of our reporters that he attended President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s rally in Triangle Park last week. However, he said “I am definitely not supporting Obama” because Fox identifies himself as a “small government guy.” Still undecided, Fox said he isn’t sure either candidate supports the kind of small government he envisions. “I’d like to hear (Romney) convincingly say he will cut spending. I don’t think he’s done that yet,” Fox said.

10:07 a.m.: Scanner traffic in the newsroom indicates Gov. Romney is expected to leave his hotel at 10:45 a.m. The route to Trent Arena will be Dixie Drive and Dorothy Lane to Far Hills Avenue. Romney is expected to leave the event at noon and exit the same way he came in.

9:59 a.m.: Attendees are streaming into Trent Arena with food for those feeling the brunt of superstorm Sandy.

8:40 a.m.: A national media reporter with the Romney camp reports he is in the gym on a treadmill inside the hotel in Dayton where he stayed overnight.

8:15 a.m.: Update: Doors will open at 10 a.m. at the arena. Statement from Romney camp: “Governor Romney believes this is a time for the nation and its leaders to come together to focus on those Americans who are in harm’s way,” a campaign spokesperson via information released to the media. “The event in Dayton will take place - it will be a disaster relief event where Gov. Romney may make brief remarks,” Catherine Gatewood, Ohio spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, wrote in an email. “We will encourage attendees to bring disaster relief supplies to the event.”

8 a.m.: Republican Presidential candidate is in Dayton and will appear at a rally today at Trent Arena, 3301 Shroyer Road, Kettering. It is slated to begin at 11 a.m.

Note: Early Monday, the Romney campaign issued a news release stating the Trent Arena event had been canceled. But late Monday afternoon, the campaign reversed course and stated that the event would go on but focus instead on disaster relief.

Oxford resident plans to challenge Boehner in 2014

Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

OXFORD — Tom Poetter announced this week he will run for Congress in next year’s midterm election and while he may not meet incumbent John Boehner during the campaign, Poetter does plan to meet with as many residents of Ohio’s 8th Congressional District as he possibly can.

Boehner has swept to re-election with 60 percent or more of the votes every time and last year, was unopposed. Poetter wants to offer a Democratic alternative and a challenge to the status quo.

Poetter, an Oxford resident for 17 years and an education professor at Miami University, said Boehner has a history of not campaigning and not appearing at voter events, while assuming re-election.

“When I talk to people in the district, the issue of presence comes up,” Poetter said. “I’ll be on the ground talking to people about things that are important to them. I’m not a Washington politician. I’m not a local politician. I will serve two years and if people like what I do, they will re-elect me.”

Poetter said Boehner’s past election domination makes any attempt to unseat him look futile, but he does not let that deter him.

“It looks ominous on paper but we’re not afraid of that. It’s a big step and I did not take it lightly,” he said. “Speaker Boehner has a war chest. People across the country are expressing interest. It will take a national and regional effort. This is really a big, big district, gerrymandered to cover rural areas.”

Poetter said the recent government shutdown cost the country $24 billion and left the country’s security compromised. It was something that could have been averted if Boehner had allowed the issue to come to a vote. That has left some 8th District voters disenchanted and Poetter said he wants to represent those people.

“Really, they took the step of shutting down the government of the greatest nation in the world to satisfy the wants of a small number of people,” he said. “What happens when somebody is 24 years on the job and the company melts down? They get severance and told to leave.”

Poetter is a native of St. Mary’s, Ohio and graduated from Heidelberg University in business and English in 1985. He played baseball there, but is a member of the school’s athletic hall of fame with the 1984 basketball team that went to the Sweet 16. He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1988 and was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1989.

That began what he and his wife, Chris, call their three-year series — three years as he taught at Culver School, three years in Bloomington as he earned his doctorate at Indiana University and three years teaching at Trinity in Texas.

That ended when he got the job teaching at Miami University and they moved back to Ohio, closer to both of their families.

“I’ve been at Miami 17 years now,” he said. “This is home.”

He led the Miami Partnership office for 10 years, opening new opportunities for the Talawanda teachers and students, as well as Miami faculty and students. It was those experiences melding the varied interests of those involved into a cooperative effort that he points to as a valuable political tool.

Poetter said he has learned much from the politics of university life and enters this campaign with an eye toward talking to as many district residents as possible and talking about leadership and working together in Washington, which is something he feels is a strength.

“Voters will have a lot of responsibility in November ‘14. They have to decide whether to do business as usual. Speaker Boehner can kick the can down the road and be an embarrassment to the nation and not make decisions on spending priorities, especially as we are making our way out of costly wars,” Poetter said. “We need to grow the economy again and be a strong and peaceful nation again. The percentage of debt is dropping. The economy is showing signs of improving.”

Poetter said he refuses to make a quick answer to questions just to please a questioner. If necessary, he said, he will ask for time to consider a question and get back to the person concerned with an issue.

“Leadership is not just about decision-making. It’s about dialogue and consensus-building. It’s about authenticity and working together. It takes time and involvement. I can make a decision, but an informed decision,” he said. “I’m going to be present. I do not take that lightly.”

Local man missing for 3 weeks found

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 5:28 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 5:28 PM

An older man, missing since the fourth of July, has been found three weeks later.

Around 6:00 p.m. Thursday, July 4th., 79 year-old Donald Cooper left his daughter’s home on Beech Tree Court and hadn’t been heard from since that time.

Cooper is a diabetic and concern from his family grew because he was without his medication.

We have requested information on Cooper’s condition and where-a-bouts during the time he was missing. We will update this story as we receive further details.

Supercomputer unveiled at Wright-Patt

Published: Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 9:12 PM
Updated: Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 9:12 PM

Military leaders cut the ribbon Monday on a $25 million supercomputer that’s fast — really fast.

In fact, Air Force officials said the supercomputer known as “Spirit” is able to complete 15,000 trillion calculations every second, making it 36,000 times more powerful than your average PC.

Spirit is named after the B-2 Stealth bomber and is reported to be the seventh fastest in the United States and the 14th fastest computer in the world, according to the base.

WPAFB officials said the computer will allow scientists to virtually perform complicated and expensive weapons tests.

“Instead of going out there and blowing something up, we can simulate it,” said Lloyd Slonaker, head of the supercomputer project. “We save a lot of money that way and we can take a look at the different options available to us.”

The ceremony held at Area B’s Information Technology Complex was hosted by Maj. Gen. William McCasland, commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

— Staff Writer William Garbe is a senior at the University of Dayton.

Protesters march along Fairfield Road to bring bus stops for workers

Published: Saturday, June 29, 2013 @ 3:48 PM
Updated: Saturday, June 29, 2013 @ 3:48 PM

Well over 100 protesters came out to show their support in favor of RTA busing to the Fairfield Commons Mall area.

At 12:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon, a group formed from the members of Leaders for Equality and Action in Dayton (LEAD) at the corner of North Fairfield Road and Colonel Glenn Highway to start a protest march on North Fairfield Road over the I-675 Overpass toward the Fairfield Commons Mall.

The organization wants to bring attention to what they feel is a need for RTA bus service to three new stops.

LEAD’s Civil Rights complaint with the Federal Department of Transportation found Beavercreek in violation of Title VI.

LEAD members state the new bus stops would bring access to jobs, education and health care.