Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday: The Deft and the Inept

The ALCOSAN public meetings are characterized as thus far not exactly rising to the level of a Green Revolution. (P-G, Don Hopey)

City Controller Michael Lamb suggested increasing the Homestead Exemption on property taxes. A smart person once thought this to be a good idea. Hey, look, Ravenstahl's office is also working on increasing the Homestead Exemption! IT BEGINS.

The City is on track to get its first "green bike lane" in the coming months. No, it's not made from broccoli and compost, it's literally colored green. They're all the rage. Bicyclists be voting, when they're not getting run down. (WESA, Emily Farah)

I wish I had more advice for County Council as it explores ways to generate revenue with cell towers and billboards. Be selective. Do some of it, not all of it. Maybe levy a billboard tax while you're at it; regional consistency is important. (P-G, Len Barcousky)

In a School District wherein the majority of students are African-American, it does not look like its school board map will be able to maintain a ratio of one-third "majority-minority" districts. We could hold out hope that some white people will vote for some black people, but for some reason nobody ever seems to mention that outside of Presidential politics. (P-G, Eleanor Chute)

Sugar Top is Schenley Heights, and it has middle-class bones. I learned something today. (P-G, Diana Nelson-Jones)

As I was struggling to understand what the embassy attacks were all about, in this short article it suddenly struck me. In Muslim nations, we (the US) are abortion. We are abortion and gay marriage. That is who we are. Well, that plus the culture is quite a bit more accustomed mob violence as an everyday fact of politics. Pittsburgh should count itself lucky. (Albawaba via Daily Star, David Ignatius)

Image source: Trib, Chaz Palla