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Re: “Incumbent Keith Rothfus and challenger Erin McClelland in stark contrast in 12th District race

Voters in the 12th district can view his 0% effectiveness rating by Inside Gov at:

Note that this site has his net worth quoted to be at $7,954,526. People might wonder how he accumulated such wealth?

Posted by pm2n62 on 10/24/2016 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Incumbent Keith Rothfus and challenger Erin McClelland in stark contrast in 12th District race

Voters in the 12th district can see his rating of 0 effectiveness at the Inside Gov web site where members of Congress are rated. Go to:

While there, note that his net worth is quoted to be at $7,954,526. Not sure how he accumulated such wealth.

Posted by pm2n62 on 10/24/2016 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Incumbent Keith Rothfus and challenger Erin McClelland in stark contrast in 12th District race

I simply cannot vote for Keith Rothfus!
He repeatedly votes to shut down the government. He voted against the Violence Against Women Bill. He voted against curing both the Ebola and the Zita virus, and now Zita has invaded the United States.
The Alliance for Retired Americans has raised his rating from 0% to 10% on seniors positions. He has a 0% from the Human Rights Campaign. He gets 5% by the League of Conservation Voters. A 0% by Environment America. A 20% by the Federally Employed Women, 29% by University Women and 0% by the YWCA.
I vested 15 years in the Army, and I object to Rothfus vote against the Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017.
He voted to detain people in Guantanamo who have never been charged or indicted for any crime.
He has introduced 12 Bills in Congress, none of which have even gotten out of committee. His effectiveness score is zero. Of the 435 members of Congress, hes rated number 415. Hes in the bottom 20! Thats 4% effectiveness!
Rothfus does not represent the people of Pennsylvania. He represents his own personal agenda. He was elected because of gerrymandering and undisclosed funding sources. I just cannot support him.

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Posted by Roger Thomas on 10/24/2016 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Best of Culture + Nightlife

Strive. Next year, Pittsburgh's Best Local Poet.
#allisfairinloveandwords on google.

Posted by Beantown4 on 10/20/2016 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Is Uber's search for driverless-car testers just a wild-goose chase for Pittsburgh job-hunters?

This is all so ironic I just went through something similar to this in Phoenix Arizona. Someone reached out to me from a recruiting company offering me this awesome opportunity. I go through an interview "process", few days pass and I give a verbal yes to accept their offer and that they will send me a written offer letter via email in a few days. I was also given the option of a October 24th or October 31st class start date in Pittsburgh. No written offer letter had come yet, and I already have given a 2 week notice to my employer. Just to find out two days ago that they recanted their offers. The short Explanation was they were no longer interested in the Phoenix Market. This is very wrong for them to mess with people's lives this way. Looks like I have a week to find a new career, thanks a lot

Posted by jhovein13 on 10/20/2016 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Best of Culture + Nightlife

Tekko, presented by the Pittsburgh Japanese Society, is the one of the largest local, annual conventions and brought over 8,000 unique guests to the City in 2016. Next year in April will be the 15th anniversary of Tekko, a regional anime, gaming, music, fashion and Japanese Pop Culture Convention.

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Posted by PittJCS on 10/20/2016 at 5:39 PM
Posted by Human Roomba on 10/20/2016 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Incumbent Keith Rothfus and challenger Erin McClelland in stark contrast in 12th District race

Thanks Brian for pointing the U.S. Rep snafu, there was some confusion in the editing process. It has been corrected. Also, we clarified the section about the Rothfus serving the 12th district since it was redrawn. Thanks for reading.

Posted by Ryan Deto on 10/20/2016 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Incumbent Keith Rothfus and challenger Erin McClelland in stark contrast in 12th District race

The reporter on this story has made some errors. First off, it starts out by calling Rothfus a state representative. No. He's a U.S. House Rep.. Further down it states he's held District 12 since 2010. Untrue. Jason Altmire beat Rothfus in 2010. Rothfus then ran a second time in 2012 and beat Mark Critz and has held it since then beating Erin in 2014. Who's ever doing the reporting here better get their facts straight. It's embarrassing for your paper.

Posted by Brian Civic on 10/20/2016 at 3:42 AM

Re: “Best of Pittsburgh 2016

Thank you for voting Marta On The Move in 2nd for best podcast! So excited! Congrats to everyone, we have such an amazing city of folks. Shout out to my brothers for winning 1st! @icantfindmarta

Posted by Marta Anyse Napoleone on 10/19/2016 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Adult child-abuse victims and allies are fighting to eliminate the statute of limitations

An Open Letter to William and Kimberly Gaines proud parents of Billy Gaines,
a former University of Pittsburgh student and football player
who fell to his death due to the corruption of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese.

Sadly, Mr. & Mrs. Gaines I have to be the one to tell
you that Billys untimely death could have and should have been prevented. For
over 25 years Ive been trying to expose the dysfunctional and deviant behavior
of a former Catholic priest from the Pittsburgh Diocese. His name is Father
John Wellinger.
Billy was not the only University of Pittsburgh student to
be victimized by a Catholic priest, nor the only young man to lose his life
because of a Catholic priest from the Pittsburgh Diocese.
I can assure you that I have tried everything imaginable to
expose the criminal behavior of Catholic priests in the Pittsburgh Diocese,
especially Father John Wellinger. Had I successfully exposed Wellinger, theres
no doubt in my mind, your son, Billy would still be alive.
Whats worse, there were so many others who could easily
have exposed Wellinger but deliberately covered-up his crimes; again had any
one of these dozens and dozens of people done the right thing, your son Billy
would be alive today.
I take no pleasure in writing this letter even though I know
it may finally force people to confront the truth. And, I know it wont bring
Billy back, but it might save others. I have a feeling Billy would want to help
Heres what I know for sure and why Billy could still be
alive today if only those people in charge would have done the right thing.
From 1981 to 1985 Father John Wellinger abused a young boy
at St. James Parish in Wilkinsburg where Wellinger served as the assistant
pastor. The young boy's name was Jeffrey Wennersten who passed away at the age
of 42, leaving a young son. Just weeks before Jeffrey died he shared details of
the abuse he suffered at the hands of Pittsburgh Catholic priest Father John
Sometime in early 1987, possibly February or March, Father
John Wellinger and a University of Pittsburgh student, Greg Witkowski were
sharing beers in an Oakland apartment that Greg rented with his brother, who
was also a Pitt student.
Greg admitted to me that Wellinger often provided alcohol
for Greg and his brother. On this occasion Wellinger also drugged Greg with a
substance that knocked him out for hours. When Greg regained consciousness he
intuitively called 911. Scared, Greg said he raced down the flights of stairs
to meet the EMS crew and ambulance that transported the still dazed student to
Presbyterian University Hospital, now known as University of Pittsburgh Medical
Center (UPMC).
For whatever reason, the emergency room doctors refused to
treat Greg even though he ingested an unfamiliar substance, administered by a
lay person, with malicious intentions and alcohol was part of the mix.
This was years before the Boston scandal exploded, so the
Catholic Church still maintained its grip on plenty of institutions, it appears
that the University of Pittsburgh was one of them and its affiliate,
Presbyterian University Hospital.
Father Wellinger trailed the ambulance to the emergency room
and took Witkowski by surprise. Staying calm, Witkowski asked Wellinger to
fetch his nurse. When the nurse arrived, Witkowski explained that Wellinger was
the person who had drugged him. No police were called, not even hospital
Witkowskis parents Robert and Ann were summoned to the
hospital and asked to take their son home. I do not know who or if anyone ever
paid the hospital bill. According to former Clairton Public Safety Director
William Scully, he explained to me in 1990 that a hospital worker advised
Robert and Ann Witkowski not to press charges and further cautioned the parents
that the Catholic Church was too powerful to challenge.
Several days later Robert Witkowski would confront Father
John Wellinger at Holy Spirit Church in West Mifflin, PA. Father Wellinger was
the parish priest and the Witkowski family were members. At the time Robert
Witkowski came banging on the front door of the rectory, a parish council
meeting was going on with several eyewitnesses to the event. I interviewed one
of the eyewitnesses who was also Father Wellingers secretary. Her name is
Marta Placek.
According to Placek the council members were concerned that
Robert Witkowski was drunk and may have had a gun, so West Mifflin Police were
called. No charges or arrests were made. My guess is if any questions were
asked by West Mifflin police, they quickly forgot the answers.
Over the years I spoke with Robert Witkowski on several
occasions. He never volunteered very much information. He did admit that he
received a letter from the legal department of the Pittsburgh Diocese or one of
their law firms commanding Robert Witkowski to stay off the property at Holy
Spirit Church and to stay away from Father Wellinger.
If any of this had been exposed, like it should have been,
college students throughout the Pittsburgh area would have been warned about
Catholic priests such as Father John Wellinger. Freshman orientation would have
been the appropriate time to issue the proper alerts. Sadly, too many people
failed to take their jobs seriously. Worse yet, folks in charge succumbed to
the wishes of evil men in black robes; most likely because they are scared to
death of Catholic Church hierarchy.
Your son Billy wasnt the only boy victimized by Father John
Wellinger. There were many; too many. Here are some of them, all before your
son even thought about playing football at the University of Pittsburgh.
One boy was Chris Mathews an 11-year-old altar boy who
served under Father John Wellinger at Holy Spirit Church in West Mifflin, PA.
Although, I do not know the details of the sexual abuse, I know Chris Mathews
very well and his father, as well. His abuse took place in 1989.
Also in 1989, a young boy from Holy Spirit Church in West
Mifflin took his own life. He killed himself with a shotgun blast. Was this
young man another victim of Father John Wellinger. I do not know. As a civilian
investigator, I have very few resources to conduct an investigation. Without a
badge or even a press pass, most people would shy away from talking to me; all
fearful of the Catholic Church.
1989 was not a good year for former altar boys of John
Wellinger. Robert Butler served under Father John Wellimger at St. Clare of
Assisi Parish in Clairton, PA. Butler also attended the parochial school, it
was known as Clairton Central Catholic. Butler and his circle of friends were
often invited to the rectory for fun and games with Father Wellinger. The game
room had a pool table and pinball machines, I was told.
Butler would kill himself with what I believe was a
32-caliber pistol on his way to Serra Catholic High School in McKeesport, PA.
One shot to his right temple, he probably died instantly. Before killing
himself, Butler tried to murder my son, Adam with a bullet discharged inches
away from the back of my sons skull.
Miraculously, my son survived and thrived. Its the main
reason why after 25 years, Im still fighting to expose Father John Wellinger
and all the harm he did to others. Theres no doubt in my mind that Wellinger
sexually abused Robert Butler.
I spoke to many people about Wellinger. I would state with absolute
certainty that Wellingers sexual activity with young boys, young men and older
women was common knowledge in every parish where the preying priest served.
The women who worked in the cafeteria and volunteered to
watch the children on the playground at Clairton Central Catholic knew to keep
their children away from Wellinger. According to Mrs. Ann Weeks, the cafeteria
manager at the time, Wellinger liked to parade around the playground covering
the younger children faces with his long black rope and smothering their heads
into his genitals; separated only by a thin layer of clothing.
One of the things I learned through my 25 years
investigating the Catholic Church is that Catholic parents dont give a damn
about other children. As long as their childrens heads werent being squeezed
in Wellingers private parts; thats all that mattered.
Wellinger was at St. Clare of Assisi in Clairton in 1985 and
86 or so. I was told by a Catholic priest that a man with the last name, Volmer
went to talk to Father Charles Bober and complained about Father Wellingers
predatory behavior and nothing was done.
Father Bober is a big time operator in the Pittsburgh
Diocese raising millions of dollars for the Cardinal Donald Wuerl Catholic High
School. Hes got a plum position in a financially well-off parish church in the
north hills section of Pittsburgh. Possibly a reward for keeping his nose clean
and his mouth shut.
Again, if this is true, your son Billy should have and could
have been alive today.
Back in 1987 or 1988, Marta Placek, Wellingers secretary at
Holy Spirit Church in West Mifflin, PA went to the Pittsburgh Diocese to
protest Wellingers behavior at Holy Spirit Church. Her complaint included
Wellinger providing living arrangements for a young man, possibly from St.
James Parish in Wilkinsburg, PA, yet another parish that witnessed at least one
young man who suffered as a result of Wellingers demons.
Instead of Placeks concerns being taken seriously, she was
labeled a gossip hound by Pittsburgh Diocesan spokesman, Father Ron Lengwin.
Certainly, by the time Placek lodged her complaints, Wellingers dossier was
simply too depraved to reveal. One could easily make the argument that
Wellingers file was so wicked and dreadful, he may have been able to blackmail
church hierarchy.
In any event, if any of Wellingers alleged crimes would
have been and should have been reported your son, Billy and his friends would
have known better than to trust a Catholic priest overly eager to offer alcohol
to underage young men.
After all these years something made me reach out to you,
William and Kimberly Gaines. I hope it makes a difference. I hope I did the
right thing. I know your son, Billy was a good boy and a very tough football
I tried and tried to expose the truth. I wish I could have
done more. I really believe Billy could be alive today.
Maybe, just maybe, it was Billy who spurred me on to write
this letter. Maybe someday, well find out.
God Bless you William and Kimberly Gaines and God Bless
Warm regards,
Mike Ference

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Posted by Mike Ference on 10/19/2016 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Adult child-abuse victims and allies are fighting to eliminate the statute of limitations

The civil statute of limitations for child sex abuse needs to be lifted for new and old crimes. Those who enable and cover up these sex crimes need to be held accountable too, otherwise children will never be safe from being dealt this life sentence of trauma and pain.
Most victims of child sex abuse are unable to even speak of it until they are much older. By filing a suit, this gives victims the opportunity to enter into the discovery phase, which allows them to subpoena secret archive documents and to subpoena high ranking officials to testify under oath. This is the main reason that Catholic bishops pay big bucks to lobby against lifting the civil statute of limitations.They want their secrets and crimes of cover up to stay hidden. They could land themselves in jail.

It helps to expose the child predators, but it also helps to expose those high ranking officials who continue to cover up these sex crimes.
Victims wish for the full truth to be exposed so that no other child is sexually abused.
Silence is not an option any more. It only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511,
SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,

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Posted by Judy Block-Jones on 10/19/2016 at 12:12 PM
Posted by James Proctor on 10/19/2016 at 12:01 PM

Re: “PWSA addresses water-quality and billing problems

I just received a bill for over $1,000. The person at the call center told me there is a monthly cost of $68 from the street to your house a month. Is this true?? The last bill received was January and the online balance was always $0. This just doesn't make sense!!!! Only two people live in this home!!

Posted by bettym on 10/18/2016 at 7:04 PM

Re: “The Vandal in Lawrenceville offers an assortment of fusion cuisine in a casual setting

these hipsters overcharge for everything and absolutely CANNOT cook or brew a decent cup of coffee. $12 for a biscuit and coffee?!? once again the city paper like the post gazette are a bunch of empty white rich kids with zero credibility

Posted by vandal sux on 10/18/2016 at 5:16 PM

Re: “New initiative to increase walker safety is drawing ire of pedestrian advocates

Drivers very commonly ignore "No Turn on Red" signs. And often the signals are set so both pedestrians and cars get a green light, putting pedestrians at risk from turning cars. Where there's a "Barnes dance" (walk sign for both streets in an intersection), the diagonals could be marked with broad white crosswalk bands, as a signal to cars not to turn.

Posted by Arlene Weiner on 10/17/2016 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Donald Trump's last two buildings used Chinese steel; Pennsylvania AFL-CIO cry foul

Wow, what a biased article. Is he supposed to pay more for steel and taxes than he has to? He's in business to make money not give it away. The government has set these conditions and the conditions aren't good. This is Trump's whole argument.

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Posted by on 10/15/2016 at 9:02 AM

Re: “New initiative to increase walker safety is drawing ire of pedestrian advocates

Have you ever seen a car yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk in pgh? Did that driver get rear-ended or just honked and yelled at?

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Posted by Jack Godell on 10/14/2016 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Rant: After more than 15 years, city apparently still can't tell cops apart

In narcotics, most of the officers working it have long disciplinary records because they go under cover and put their lives on the line. These drug dealers cry the blues when an end is put them dealing drugs and making money from it. These arent ordinary citizens 99% of the time but harden criminals looking to hurt the lives of others for profit. This ex officer is a veteran and a good man. He should be reinstated and allowed to finish his career. Most of them should because we all learn from our mistakes in time and change over time. This is the perfect example. This man needs to be reinstated as an officer, he is needed right now and could really make an impact on the herion epidemic in our city...

Posted by cityblackopsdiv on 10/14/2016 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Rant: After more than 15 years, city apparently still can't tell cops apart

Brad Walker is a good man. He loved his job as an officer. He put his life on the line each day to take careless criminals and drug dealers off the streets. He worked the roughest neighborhoods and went after the worst of the worst criminals and drug dealers.
Every police officer has a long list of conduct issues because ppl think the cuffs might be too tight or simply want to justify themselves getting caught and taken off the streets. This man was one of Pittsburgh's best officers and if you would spent 2 hours sitting with the man, allowing him to tell his side of the story you would realize your sitting next to a true good heart police officer that did what he had to, to take the bad guys off the streets. Instead of bashing him, you would truly be touched if you would get to hear his side of every allegation against him. Shame how we speculate and assume without knowing nothing of the person himself.
He was one of the good guys who had a ton of stress on his shoulders at the time. The city shouldnt put so much stress on the backs of officers and expect so much outta them. Its really ashame that this man isnt still an officer, if he where i bet the herion epidemic were facing wouldnt be killing family members all over the city.

Posted by cityblackopsdiv on 10/14/2016 at 5:35 PM

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