Thursday, May 2, 2013
Ka'Sandra Wade is Dead
by Helen Gerhardt
But there are plenty of women, men, and children who are still alive in our city who will face domestic violence. If there is a gun in the house, then the possibility of their murder will increase three-fold.
These still-living Pittsburghers deserve full attention to their concerns and their safety from their elected officials and staff, over and above political battles during election time, no matter how well justified the mudslinging seems to be. Yesterday, the legislation intended to address inconsistent application of "zero tolerance" of domestic violence by City employees was not properly introduced to facilitate fair and aboveboard community engagement and full discussion by Council members. My own position is that full airing of those circumstances would be in the public interest. The reactions on both sides could well help damage progress on well-crafted domestic violence legislation which is far more crucial to potential victims of violence than the political fortunes or future employment of the men and women who have a responsibility to work together on this matter right here, right now.