1. Email from reader Curt O:
Just hoping you could help get the word out about a county meeting to repeal the 10% drink tax. It’s tomorrow the 15th at 5pm at the County Courthouse. Details here.
You’re welcome, dude.
Although I should warn you that Danny O is already on the offensive:
He sent automated voicemail messages to thousands of residents represented by those council members saying they wanted to raise their property taxes, naming Matt Drozd, Vince Gastgeb and Jan Rea.
“There’s a few individuals that are trying to get cheap PR hits and these are individuals I actually thought were legitimate individuals that wanted to talk seriously about the budget,” Onorato said at a press conference. “Now if they want to come in here and get serious and say, ‘Hey Dan listen, we don’t need the police department, we don’t need public works, we don’t – let’s get rid of all them, or we don’t need transit, shut it down,’ then say it!”
Wow, who knew Drozd, Gastgeb, and Rea were not legitimate individuals?
I strongly encourage you to watch the video because Danny is pissed and gets all Tony Soprano at one point. I laughed.
2. Email from Dan (NOT ONORATO, HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU?!!?)
Good morning PG-
Just wondered if you were going to put an opinion on the Arena Deal with the people from the Hill District. I’d be interested on seeing some feedback.
Just for the record, I’m not Dan Onarato. ;)
I’m just confused about it.
Talk to you soon and keep up the good work
Dan (Not Onorato)
Good morning, Dan (Not Onorato):
What’s up with that drink tax, man? You about ready to admit it was a bad move for your future run for gov’nah?
Just kidding with you, Dan.
Okay, the Arena Deal. Man, Bram has this thing owned and the reason I haven’t written an opinion on it is because I can’t seem to pick a side, if you can believe that from this awesome side-picker.
On one hand, the Hill has seen a huge decline in its vitality over the last 40-50 years. But can you blame that decline entirely on the building of the Civic Arena? Perhaps, considering there were streets and streets bulldozed to make room for the Arena, displacing many residents. But I don’t believe the arena is wholly responsible for the Hill’s current state, and therefore I can’t say I think the residents of the Hill should expect a development agreement to be a cure for all that ails them.
One on hand, I do think they’re right to fight for every single thing they can get, including a supermarket. But on the other hand, demanding direct funds seems a bit much.
On one hand, I can’t believe that Lukey is on the right side of this fight because he’s an immature kid, but on the other hand, setting fire to a draft agreement because you don’t like what it says doesn’t do much to bolster any reputation you might be trying to earn as a respected group of people that can be reasoned with.
There are admirable, strong, persuasive, respectable Burghers on both sides of this issue, some that I know personally, so I’ve just decided to park my ass on the fence until my mind is made up … or until someone sets the fence on fire.
3. Displaced Burgher wrote:
I think that, now that the Steelers are gone for the next 8 months, that we need something to fill our What They’re Really Thinking fix. I propose the occasional Pens game recap.
I will consider it. I’ll have lots of time to think about it, sitting here on this fence and all.