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 Opinion    March 25, 2014

Clean up after your pets

Recently I was walking through the business district in Mount Oliver. It was a pleasant enough walk, except for one thing--several unsightly piles of “doggie doo doo” along the way. I was appalled. How difficult is it to stuff a plastic grocery...

 
 Opinion    March 25, 2014

Air quality in Pittsburgh

As a student at the University of Pittsburgh, I am concerned about the air quality in Pittsburgh and what it will mean for my generation and those to come if something isn’t done to address the problem. We, as residents, students, or visitors to...

 
 Opinion    March 4, 2014

South Side is a joke

It is such a shame that our so called decision makers have made South Side a laughing stock of the city. The drinking, trash, garbage, fights are all jokes that go around the city about South Side. You have the spoiled rich kids from uppity...

 
 Opinion    February 25, 2014

So. Side a mayhem zone

I dined at a South Side restaurant Saturday evening, February 22, the first time I have done so in years. I am not anxious to return any time soon and do not expect to. I have long been well aware of the extent to which the neighborhood is...

 
 Opinion    January 14, 2014

A world turned upside down

“Even the heavens cried,” an observer said of the rain at a memorial for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. I almost cried, when I learned Nelson Mandala had died because I remembered a place far away and long ago - South Africa. Memories never die,...

 
 Opinion    December 17, 2013

Good news does make news

You have surely deleted that old news adage about “Good news doesn’t make news.” Your Dec. 10 issue had two outstanding “good news” stories on Page 1, and both very likely brought smiles to the faces of your readers. They surely did for...

 
 Opinion    December 3, 2013

Thanks Jean

I would like to offer a very sincere and heartfelt thank you to Jean Fink for over three decades of dedication to the Pittsburgh Public Schools. As School Board Director for District 7, Jean worked tirelessly and shared her knowledge of the city at...

 
 Opinion    November 26, 2013

Charlie Samaha Park?

Many thanks to Roberta Smith for reviving memories of visionary Charlie Samaha and highlighting his many accomplishments. Charlie saw the potential of what South Side could be with its unique Victorian architecture and strategic location. He was...

 
 Opinion    November 5, 2013

No more parking cones

Enough is enough, I cannot take it anymore. For the past 13 years I have waged a solo war against the detritus that people leave out to save "their" parking spots. It is selfish behavior, immoral, and...

 
 Opinion    October 8, 2013

Permit parking clarity

I would like to provide some clarity to the comments attributed to me (Permit parking not looked on as being business friendly in S.S., SPR Oct. 1, 2013) on permit parking. I have worked on the gathering of signatures for and against permit parking...

 
 Opinion    July 30, 2013

Trash initiative a good one

I am writing in support of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association on their recent trash initiative on the Slopes. Their campaign to alert the neighborhood to the rules of the city regarding keeping trash out of sight and stored in cans...

 
 Opinion    July 16, 2013

South Siders not opposed

I attended the permit parking meeting held at the Brashear Association on Tuesday, June 18 and was rather surprised to see “South Side crowd opposes additional permit parking areas” as the title for the article that provided details of the...

 
 Opinion    May 7, 2013

Get the streets cleaned

What a crying shame, for months there’s no street cleaning on my street. There were all kinds of excuses: “Construction” or “two trucks broke down.” I heard that one more than once. Get the trucks fixed or rent on. We have to pay someone...

 
 Opinion    April 23, 2013

An alternative candidate

I was one of 70 or so people in attendance on Wednesday April 17, for a mayoral candidates’ question-and-answer forum held at the Brashear Association at 2005 Sarah Street. Candidates Bill Peduto and Jack Wagner fielded prepared questions from...

 
 Opinion    April 2, 2013

Sgt. Williams firing wrong

I would like to comment on how the firing of Mount Oliver Sgt. Keith Williams was conducted. Here are some questions this Mount Oliver Council will have to answer eventually: How was Sgt. Williams insubordinate? If so, was he counseled or...

 
 Opinion    March 26, 2013

Forgotten Purple Zone

I have lived and worked in the South Side for 25 years. I am proud to be here I love my neighborhood. My problem is that I live in the “Purple Zone,” the area of South Side below 10th St. We do not get Christmas lights, we do not get street...

 
 Opinion    March 19, 2013

Why can't the Post Office leave a message?

I had another package stolen from my ront door. My daughter and her family sent me a package for my birthday, Priority Mail from the U.S. Post Office in Oklahoma. It was delivered February 19 from the Mount Oliver Post Office. The driver left it on...

 
 Opinion    February 12, 2013

I have sympathy for all those South Side people

As one who worked in the heart of South Side for seven years and loved the area, its convenience, stores and restaurants, it saddens me to note its destruction at the hands of hordes of drunken revelers (some would say drunken bums), who have made...

 
 Opinion    January 29, 2013

I know the ‘railroad kids’

I am responding to a letter written by a South Side resident Joseph Forbes (Let the kids alone, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013). Clearly, he does not understand what these “railroad kids” are really about. They are not just resting their feet as they...

 
 Opinion    January 22, 2013

Let the kids alone

I agree with the Letter to the editor several weeks ago (My First Amendment rights, Oct. 9, 2012). Freedom of expression is sweeping in its meaning and application, including the right to “panhandle” under reasonable circumstances and to sit...

 
 Opinion    January 15, 2013

Keep calling about snow

Thanks for your article about snow removal within 24 hours. Yes, South Side is filled with the young or with money that don’t know what a broom or shovel is for. But they have landlord who should see to it they do. Put it in their lease or come...

 
 Opinion    December 18, 2012

We deserve better

In December, the Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) will be reporting back to Mayor Ravenstahl recommendations for a “Pittsburgh Sociable City Plan.” The RHI engagement has been administered by the Mayor’s Planning Department and paid for...

 
 Opinion    December 4, 2012

I commend the efforts

I want to commend the efforts of my friend and colleague Councilman Bruce Kraus and the many residents and stakeholders who make up the South Side Planning Forum. Their focused, concerted efforts to put in place a long-term comprehensive plan to...

 

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