Pittsburgh's planning commission will forge ahead with approvals needed for the proposed Majestic Star Casino, despite objections the Pirates and Steelers voiced at a public hearing yesterday. (Rich Lord, P-G)
As soon as the Majestic Star settled its beef with the Science Center, it got license to run the table.
Which is fine by the Comet; we are not bursting with sympathy for the Steelers and Pirates.
However, as a matter of due process, this is a little troubling:
Commission Chair Wrenna Watson said she spoke with acting city Solicitor George Specter. "We are to move forward, unless we have some sort of order of court," she said. That means an Aug. 7 vote.
PA State Rep Cheslea Wagner (D-Brookline) comes out swinging in a P-G op-ed against Dan Onorato's plan to fund mass transit with drink taxes and car rental taxes -- for Allegheny County.
Some of my colleagues have likened this new tax to one that exists in Philadelphia, proposing that "if Philadelphia has a 10 percent drink tax, why not Pittsburgh?" My response is simple: What's right for Philadelphia is not necessarily right for Pittsburgh. The fact that Philadelphia has a drink tax is no excuse to lay the same burden on our businesses.
That's a fair start, Wagner, but you might as well start thumping Dan-O with geese -- and with gifts.
Trib columnist Eric Heyl releases his own Ravenspeak lexicon. Example:
Yellow journalism (very bad noun) -- Any news report or opinion piece depicting the mayor as possibly less than dashing or dynamic, or implying that he can be evasive, misleading or ethically suspect. (Example: This column).
Editorial Comment: One of us! One of us! One of us!