Trees for votes

I cannot help but agree with the first letter-writer in Saturday’s PG. Luke Ravenstahl may not have been my first choice for Mayor, but he’s doing a lot of things right in between the PR slip-ups, and overall, I’m still considering letting him have another two years. Or at least, I would be if his friends at the State Democratic Committee would leave me the [beep] alone. There were quite literally three straight days of pro-Ravenstahl/anti-DeSantis postcards yesterday. One card I can tolerate. Three in three days is an annoyance and a sign that someone in Harrisburg doesn’t particularly care about my time or about the number of trees killed in the name of Democratic victory.

Mr. Mayor: the people who Mark DeSantis is trying to peel away are generally the more progressive Democrats/Independents. Most of us are also at least vaguely environmentalist, and we dislike junk mail in all forms. Your State Committee colleagues are hurting your cause, not helping, and it’d be in your best interests to call them off.

7 Comments so far

  1. anon (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 8:40 am

    the mail is from Luke. He is using the non-profit state committee bulk mail number to save money on postage. if you got a beef, blame him. the same person who voted against tree planting, tried to eliminate the shade tree commission and put advertising in our parks. yeah, that great “green” mayor. Luke is no friend of the environment.


  2. Bram R (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 10:28 pm

    Straight out of the Matt H school for demonstrating your independence!

    I’d categorize a few of those as more than PR slip-ups, but that’s not important. I’m wondering what are the things he’s doing right? Two straight structurally balanced budgets? Doubling the budget for demolishing vacant houses? Taking on garbage duty and other low-hanging fruit in Wilkinsburg?


  3. Alik Widge (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 6:51 pm

    Sarcasm aside, I really do think the Wilkinsburg thing is a good idea, mainly because it’s a step towards regionalism. Anything resembling merged services gets points in my book. Same for this whole “comission of young professionals” thing, assuming it starts producing ideas over the next 6 months. And, as we’ve debated before, I think he’s right about the residency requirement for city employees. There’s also a list of wrongs, the whole domestic violence thing being the first one that comes to mind right now…

    But you’re right, “PR slip-ups” is not the best term. But “ethical violation” isn’t right either — that borrowing of the SUV isn’t a full-on ethics violation, it’s just really poor form. So what term falls in between?


  4. Bram R (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 8:29 pm

    “Ethics blunders” works for me.

    In the brief bit of the debate I watched tonight, when asked by Jon Delano to say something negative about his opponent, Mark responded something like, “His lack of taking responsibility.” He didn’t punch it in the best way, but that’s what really grates on me also. Luke had just been undressed for saying he would never, ever discipline whistleblowers again, then had to acknowledge that he did in fact discipline a whistleblower (and attempted to discipline another one recently), but he did not express any remorse or even acknowledge the disconnect. Come on. I don’t care if it’s a political environment, you don’t get to be flawless.


  5. Bram R (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 8:33 pm

    “Ethical blunders” works for me.

    In the brief bit of the debate I watched tonight, when asked by Jon Delano to say something negative about his opponent, Mark responded something like, “His lack of taking responsibility.” He didn’t punch it in the best way, but that’s what really grates on me also.

    Luke had just pledged to never, ever discipline whistleblowers in the future, then had to acknowledge that he did in fact discipline a whistleblower (to say nothing of his more recent attempt to do so again), yet he just stood there with that blank stare and did not express any remorse or even acknowledge the disconnect with his previous actions. Come on. I don’t care if it’s a political environment, you don’t get to do that.


  6. Alik Widge (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 7:05 am

    So, perhaps I’ve missed something from the recent news, but what’s the most recent whistleblower problem? I’m only familiar with the McNeilly case.


  7. Bram R (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 6:36 pm

    There’s also Yukongate, I forget the name of the female officer they *attempted* to have disciplined before Public Safety Director Huss stepped in. Something with an M.



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