TOM GROSSMANN: The ex-Mason mayor and current Warren County Republican Party chairman got a little good old-fashioned patronage recently from his pal, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters. Deters hired Grossmann to work for the Prosecutor’s Office, receiving a $108,160 annual salary — at the same time as county offices are facing cuts due to budget shortfalls. It’s not like Grossmann needs the money, as he also works for the posh Taft Stettinius and Hollister law firm. At the very least, Deters could’ve hired one of the many qualified attorneys who live in Hamilton County and contribute to the county’s tax base.
DEB WEISSBUCH: Weissbuch, who was recently selected as the area’s top dog trainer in Cincinnati Magazine’s “Best of the City” issue, has nabbed another honor due to her expertise. The owner of Happy Tails Dog Training won a spot to compete in the prestigious American Kennel Club/Eukanuba National Championship. The dog show, held in Long Beach, Calif., on Dec. 12-13, features the best in purebred canines vying for awards in various categories. We’ve sometimes ragged on the Queen City, saying it’s going to the dogs, but this time it’s in a good way.
KROGER: It’s been a bad week for the Cincinnati-based grocery store chain. First, it was revealed the Kroger Co. was involved in a federal probe involving fraudulent tax shelters. Based on the advice of an investment firm in Virginia, Kroger unfairly claimed $178 million in loss deductions that should’ve resulted in $64 million in tax payments over several years. The grocer wasn’t charged and has settled with the IRS for an undisclosed amount. To make matters worse, Kroger this week reported an $875 million loss for its third quarter, due mostly to competition from discount stores like Costco and Sam’s Club.
LOCAL MEDIA: We’re wondering why The Enquirer and local TV newscasts didn’t publicize a report issued by Neighborhood Scout, a Web site that compiles data for insurance companies, listing the most dangerous cities in the United States. No, Cincinnati didn’t make the list, but it’s the same firm that ranked Over-the- Rhine as the nation’s most dangerous neighborhood last summer. Of course, local media were all over that story, because it fit their preconceived notions. How Over-the-Rhine could rank first on the earlier list and Cincinnati not even make the latter is questionable. Maybe it’s because the Web site uses highly suspect data, like outdated crime statistics.