KQV AM 1410

KQV Editorial

Another G-20 Summit Update!

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     As the September 24th-25th G-20 Summit draws nearer, Pittsburgh is like the man who has one foot caught in the quicksand.  As time moves on, the city is beginning to realize it might have gotten in deeper than it bargained for.


     Although other cities turned down the honor of hosting the G-20 Summit, our illustrious leaders – Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and County Executive Dan Onorato – apparently embarked on an ego trip – campaigning to bring the two day event to Pittsburgh.


     No we’re beginning to learn the consequences.  Downtown Pittsburgh will be sealed off – security perimeters have been set up – vehicular and bus traffic will be severely restricted.  River travel will be limited…air traffic will be restricted…pedestrians who try to make it downtown will be subjected to metal detectors…many businesses downtown will be closed…and special security precautions are being set for the Warhol Museum, Phipps Conservatory, and other attractions where the delegates will visit.


     There will be more than 3,000 law enforcement officers imported from around the district and the country…to deal with the anticipated 35,000 protestors and demonstrators.


     Next we have the escalating costs that Pittsburgh has inherited with the G-20 Summit.  It all began with an estimated budget in the $15 million range…and now, according to the afore mentioned County Executive Onorato, the current gestimate is, it’s in a likely $25 million money pit!


     Some of this money will come from the federal and state, but the city and the county will have to pick up part of that tab.

Next comes the crucial question – what possible benefits will be derived from this two-day event – other than soothing or further inflating the egos of our local so-called public servants – Luke and Dan – who have unquestioned political ambitions?


     Councilman Patrick Dowd is introducing legislation to form a fact-finding committee to determine how city officials agreed – let’s say campaigned – to host the summit and all we have inherited as a consequence.  Amen to that!


     Is it the thought that the G-20 delegates and their staffs will be so impressed with Pittsburgh during their two-day visit that the city will accrue marvelous economic and public relations benefits?  We’ll believe that when it happens!


     In the meantime, let’s hope that the G-20 Summit goes off peacefully and that there will be no major regrets for what sacrifices and citizens of Pittsburgh and the city itself will be called upon to make.


Robert W. Dickey


KQV Newsradio
September 11, 12, 13, 2009                                   

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For Dan Onorato and Luke Ravenstahl this is just another photo opportunity. Collectively, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh City Council and these two homegrown political hacks would not be able to manage a profitable fast food establishment. In the end they will have their 8 x 10 glossy framed pictures to hang on the wall and we will continue to experience a crumbling infrastructure and higher taxes.
-Bob , Pittsburgh -Southside

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