To those Comet readers who are not full-on news hounds: if you click on one link today, make it this WTAE report by Bob Mayo. It reviews those rare and dramatic occasions on which a sitting Pittsburgh mayor has attended a session of council.
It is not just about Councilman Ravenstahl's outrage toward Mayor Murphy in 2004, for having failed to attend a hearing on the serious matter of a reduction in the parking tax -- nor even for Luke's awkwardly passive suggestion that Tom should have resigned. Although these are fun.
Rather, we were stunned by the spectacle of Mayor Masloff in 1989, facing down a packed council chamber of angry senior citizens, who were booing and jeering at her for having dared to lower the wage tax in favor of higher property taxes.
It was a very tough decision for me to make -- but one I knew I had to make, if the city is going to survive and grow.
We are not sure what was more impressive -- watching the Mayor run the gauntlet with her head held high, coming out seemingly stronger and on higher ground -- or Sophie's policy of progressive taxation, which she defended as vital for growth.