I don’t live in the city limits, I don’t get to vote for the mayor, but for many in the same situation, his (and city council’s) actions affect me. I work in the city, I love this city, if I could spend more time in it (current road/sidewalk conditions notwithstanding) I would. And I have generally supported the Mayor, probably from my empowerment of youth philosophy, he may be 30, but that’s still young, if not a youth per se.
I can look past some of this flaws, attribute them to his youth, as well as (from an outsider who doesn’t pay as much attention as I should) the inability for City Council to work with the Mayor on just about anything (hello, microcosm!).
However, recent shenanigans anger me. And there are many, and many obvious ones, although I am more prone to look at the two broken promises, that sadly, should not have had to be promised.
- That the snow removal that was promised to be overhauled, in 2008 (h/t to PG+). Full disclosure, I really haven’t had any problems on my short commute/walk, but I gather I’m pretty much the exception.
- An overhaul of the 911 system, which from what we can gather, Luke was working on today, even though it failed the city once again.
But even more than any of that, the lack of transparency is what bugs me. Yes, Luke is oftentimes immature, and yes, City Council will sometimes egg him on, and not help the situation. But honest communication and transparency would do a world of good. For everybody.
So in the meantime, I’ll direct you to the actual required reading (I have no affront to think that I am in any way required, respected or regularly read as a writer about Pittsburgh, let alone a writer about Pittsburgh politics), over at That’s Church. Check out the comments as well, where I felt some were spookily like my own sentiments. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find:
You had that power. The power was in YOUR hands this entire time to put a stop to the questions of your whereabouts. It is because of YOUR actions that it got as bad as it did. It was your decisions. Your silence. You. All you.