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KQV Editorial

The G-20 Summit Meeting…Good…or Bad News for Pittsburgh?

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     The Closer we get to the G-20 Summit meeting coming to Pittsburgh next month, the more worrisome it becomes.  High level representatives of the world’s largest economies will arrive in Pittsburgh for the September 24th/25th  meetings to be held at the convention center.  Unfortunately, they will be accompanied by large blocs of local and international demonstrators with the avowed purpose of protesting the meetings and causing trouble.


     Having the G-20 meetings here is considered to be quite an honor, as city and county officials, hungry for attention, are wont to tell us.  County Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl point with pride to the decision by President Barack Obama to choose Pittsburgh as the September summit site.


     Apparently, they’ve campaigned long and hard to bring the summit meeting to the city.  But as you know, if you keep in touch with preparations for the G-20 Summit, bringing the meetings to Pittsburgh is unquestionably a mixed blessing.  It should be noted that a number of other cities, in their wisdom, declined to host the whole affair!


     While some local political types have boasted that bringing the summit here is an honor and is prestigious, they are being reminded increasingly that it also is bring along a lot of unwanted, undesirable, troublesome baggage.


     The rumblings are being felt already.  Downtown Pittsburgh will be in a virtual lockdown…many local schools, public and parochial will be closed…as will some streets, roads and pedestrian rights-of way… and the whole transit system will be affected as well.


     As we learn more and more of the summit plans, for a growing number of Pittsburghers, it likely will be more a nightmare than the pleasant dream envisioned by our local guys, Luke and Dan!


     We’ll talk more about the G-20 Summit…its pluses and minuses…in our next editorial.  Meanwhile, stay tuned as more of its plans are dribbled out…bit by bit…in the days ahead.


Robert W. Dickey


KQV Newsradio
August 21, 22, 23, 2009                                   


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