Thursday, May 1, 2008

Thursday: The Freedom to Speak Prophetically

Good that the vasectomy of City Planning is being reconsidered. (P-G, Rich Lord)


Kevin Evanto, Mr. Onorato's spokesman, yesterday called it "nothing more than an effort to raise property taxes and the county executive is not going to do that." (P-G, Karamaji Rujumba)

Really? Gosh. When you put it like that, we are quite fond of our local restaurant industry lobby all of a sudden.

"(Onorato) is standing by his executive order and we are not going to provide any revenue ... until Port Authority and the union get a competitive agreement," Onorato spokesman Kevin Evanto said. (Trib, Justin Vellucci)

Tough to play "starve the beast" when the beast is sitting down at the Chinese buffet.

ESOTERICALLY RELATED: Jim Ferlo spoke with KDKA radio's Kevin Miller, and comes across sounding more measured and reasonable than he did in the Tribune-Review article. And of course we briefly misidentified him on Election Day as a supporter of Hillary Clinton, when in fact, true to form, he has been on the Obama bandwagon for some time.

The Comet is a relentless advocate for city officials keeping all of the juice to themselves when it comes to vital city interests. Let's just leave it at that.


The Troy Hill Citizens Council, the Brightwood Civic Group and the Brighton Heights Citizens Federation stand to get $5,500 each, which Ms. Harris said is enough to buy four cameras. The groups would choose their vendors, run the systems and provide crime footage to police. (P-G, Team Effort)

"The groups will run the systems". Nothing against these particular groups, but why does that give us a screaming case of the heebie-jeebies? Still, if it keeps the peace...


"I respect the Allegheny County Health Department, and the lung association supports what the health department and U.S. Steel are doing to clean up the place," Mr. Stewart said, "but the importance of the report is to get the word out to the general public about these serious pollution issues." (P-G, Don Hopey)

Green buildings alone can never a good environment make.


This was an interesting and excellent article: Trib, Mike Cronin.

Check out the videos of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, linked through from the Pittsburgh Pist-Gazette. We obviously have different assessments of the impact of Wright's remarks than its editrix, which you will see in the comments. Yet we are both in agreement that Rev. Wright and Sen. Obama are demonstrably two different people.

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