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Paul

A lot of attention is focused on the material aspects of living (taxes, the properties etc) as a means of attracting residents, and perhaps there's good reason for that, but failure to address the political and social environment in the city is going to keep the trends just as they are for sometime.

City of Pittsburgh residents like to portray themselves as friendly, caring, helpful people, but as one of many people I know who had their home, auto and other property vandalized in 2004 by Kerry/Edwards campaign workers and members of the local Democrat brown shirt squads only to have our calls to police ignored, I'll personally attest to just how hostile and unfriendly an environment the city is if your not willing to surrender your rights and embrace the leftist orthodoxy that has gripped the city for several decades. Is a $2,700 is tax break worth the cost of having to send your kid to the Pittsburgh Public Indoctrination Camp and have your family's values and religious beliefs trashed on a daily basis or be the target of violence for daring to be one of the shrinking numbers of non-Democrats still left in the city? I don't think so.

The saying; you can't shine a turd applies to the city and its current situation. Build, build, build and abate all you want but at the end of the day the re-election of a slack jawed, mouth-breather with no accomplishments what so ever of his own like Luke Ravensthal over someone as eminently qualified as Mark Desantis, the continued election of people as caustic, hateful, anti-American, anti-christian and anti-conservative like Doug Shields and Dan Frankel sends a clear message that people who are unwilling to grovel at James Burn's feet, lick his boots and keep paying tribute to the Costa's and their ilk have no place in the City of Pittsburgh.

If Chris Briem wants write about something meaningful and useful he should consider examining his own role as part of the group that helped further undermine the democratic process in Allegheny County, stifle minority party representation and perpetuate the one party soviet style government that exists here when they gerrymandered several county council districts to favor Democrats and undo the years of work done by home rule proponents.

Chris and his ilk can keep tap dancing around it all they want but the fact remains that the stench emanating from the turd that is 60 years of one party Democrat control of city government and their iron fisted treatment their opponents will drive out more people and deter relocation of others to a far greater degree than they're willing to admit.

I know for a fact that I'm not alone in holding the belief that I would gladly pay ten times the amount I currently do in taxes if it meant I never had to live another day of my life in that ugly, vile, soul-less socialist enclave known as the city of Pittsburgh.

Jonathan Potts

Please give an example of anti-American, anti-Christian behavior by Doug Shields and Dan Frankel. There are plenty of grounds to criticize both of them, don't get me wrong, but your statements strike me as pretty outlandish.

I would agree that the political climate in this city is suffocating, and hobbles any chance at economic rejuvenation, but you greatly exaggerate its impact on migration in and out of the city.

Paul

"Please give an example of anti-American, anti-Christian behavior by Doug Shields and Dan Frankel"

Pick up and read any of the tax-payer funded hate-filled screeds they send out to their constituents. They read like they were written buy one of George Soros' lackey's.

In Shield's case one need only encounter him in person, or at a public meeting and listen to him run off at the mouth about anyone who disagrees with him, how much he hates George Bush, hates Republicans, hates conservatives, if there's a more hateful, caustic person in city politics I'd be afraid to meet him.

Of course the radicals and "progressives" that he answers to in his district don't see him that way, they love him when he's playing to the worst elements in their character.

When it comes to sowing division in a community these two are the best.

Paul

"Please give an example of anti-American, anti-Christian behavior by Doug Shields and Dan Frankel"

Pick up and read any of the tax-payer funded hate-filled screeds they send out to their constituents. They read like they were written buy one of George Soros' lackey's.

In Shield's case one need only encounter him in person, or at a public meeting and listen to him run off at the mouth about anyone who disagrees with him, how much he hates George Bush, hates Republicans, hates conservatives, if there's a more hateful, caustic person in city politics I'd be afraid to meet him.

Of course the radicals and "progressives" that he answers to in his district don't see him that way, they love him when he's playing to the worst elements in their character.

When it comes to sowing division in a community these two are the best.

Jonathan Potts

So not liking Republicans makes one anti-American and anti-Christian?

Paul

No, describing everyone who disagrees with you as evil, tell anyone who will listen how much you hate them, dismissing any critic of yours by calling them a member of the religious right and ignoring any constituents, their needs and concerns who aren't registered Democrats simply because you can get away with it and still expect to get re-elected does.

And really, I don't expect that any of the other council member are any better from what I've heard, but I can't speak to them since it was only Doug Shields I had the misfortune of being "represented" by and had to listen to.

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