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Re: “Wylie Holdings has cashed in on Lawrenceville’s revitalization, but is it being a good neighbor?

The problem with this article is that Ryan obviously intended it to be read as an investigative report, when the article is really an opinion piece with an agenda. My 100% guess.... with no prior knowledge of Ryan, is that he's in his 20s and voted for Bernie Sanders..... and he's probably pro Apple and Anti Microsoft (even though Steve Jobs was probably one of the most ruthless capitalists ever). What Ryan should have stated at the top of the article is that it is an OPINION piece. Ryan obviously has no concept of capitalism and the wide ranging advancements for the human condition solely credited to capitalism. Free market capitalism is responsible for providing just about every necessity and convenience that Ryan enjoys. Those necessities and conveniences were invented or discovered for one reason....Profit. The profit motive is responsible for the greatest of human achievements.
Businesses aren't in business to provide 22 year old girls with cozy apartments. Businesses must either make a profit or cease to exist. Those are the only two possibilities. It's not Wiley's job to take care of the people in Lawrencville. But funny enough, Lawrenceville has thrived and prospered because of "Speculators." Listen, ever single business decision made by every business owner is a Damn Speculation. Business owners make and lose money based on their bets. If they bet big and bet correct, they win big. If not, they go bankrupt. When a business like Wiley becomes successful and wealthy, they create hundreds of jobs in their community. The ripple effect is what causes economic growth and success for a NATION. I'd love to have an apartment in Time Square, Ryan. But guess what???? IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE. That's the problem with the Bernie Sanders 20 something year old person. They BELIEVE that they are ENTITLED to any number of things. They subscribe to GROUP THINK. You can boil it all down to the concept known as COLLECTIVISM, AKA SOCIALISM. I'm glad that the owners of Wiley are smart enough to take a worthless piece of property and make that property valuable. The owners of Wiley are 2 people that I don't have to worry about paying more tax to support. Next time Ryan does a slanted, one-sided piece designed to make a successful business look bad, he should at least label it as an opinion piece and state his point of view. In Closing, he should've also included an alternative point of view

Posted by Pittsburgh Nick on 04/21/2017 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Despite the number of Americans living with ME/CFS, little is known about the debilitating illness

I don't have this condition, but suffer from another"invisible illness". Fibromyalgia is treated exactly the same way. It is estimated that there may be up to ten million people with fibro. Yet, there is very little funding or massive research.
This condition cost me almost everything. I lost the career I loved and depended on. I lost the secure future I had planned for my family. I lost my dignity and self worth. I lost myself within my own pain.
I have had Drs pill pop me to the point of being a zombie, call me a liar, try and force unsafe procedures on me, dismiss me as crazy.
I was lucky to find a phenomenal Dr that believed me. She saw the pain I was in. She worked diligently to help me. If not for her, I would have been dead. Sadly by my own hand.
I wanted to end it all but couldn't put my child through that. So I hung on. Then year after year, I began to think if i was doing her more harm than good.
Yes, I was one of the ones who was caught between the fine line of being lucky to be alive, and being unlucky to be alive.
With the help of a few incredible Drs, I am doing better. The life I had and planned on is gone. Now I am rebuilding. But everytime I am introduced to a new Dr, I feel like I am having a panic attack. "They won't believe me", "they will think Im making this up" etc runs through my head.
I have often thought of moving to somewhere warm to feel better. But too afraid to end up somewhere where I will lose my Dr that believes me, and end up with some Dr that thinks I'm just a complaining middle aged woman.
MY hope is that one day we will find the cure, and going to the Dr won't be the stressful and shameful event it currently is. Not because I'm sick, but because they will become educated.

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Posted by Carla Teegarden on 04/19/2017 at 3:27 AM

Re: “An eviction in Polish Hill shows affordable-housing issues go beyond Pittsburgh neighborhoods like East Liberty and Lawrenceville

These people are early gentrifiers who are just mad that their neighborhood is finally trendy enough that it out priced them. Pittsburgh needs to maintain affordable housing for low income families, but this couple with their trendy nursery decor and complaints about student loans is really not who the affordable housing discussion needs to be about.

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Posted by Pbghgirl on 04/17/2017 at 8:33 AM

Re: “An eviction in Polish Hill shows affordable-housing issues go beyond Pittsburgh neighborhoods like East Liberty and Lawrenceville

I work for Uber ATG and I don't like sky-high rent either. I can afford it but I'd rather save my money for retirement than give it to some land speculator to rent a 1 bedroom apartment for more than the mortgage payment on an $250k house. People need to simply refuse to pay the crazy money. Move to a cheaper neighborhood if you have to, that's what I did.

Posted by Bob Dobbs on 04/13/2017 at 10:58 PM

Re: “An eviction in Polish Hill shows affordable-housing issues go beyond Pittsburgh neighborhoods like East Liberty and Lawrenceville

$550 / month in Polish Hill - of course you should expect your rent to go up, that's dirt cheap. Plenty of places that are still affordable though. Good luck with the baby.

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Posted by Gary S on 04/13/2017 at 3:51 PM

Re: “An eviction in Polish Hill shows affordable-housing issues go beyond Pittsburgh neighborhoods like East Liberty and Lawrenceville

Leases have to be honored to the end of the term even if the building is sold. The should have been informed the lease wouldn't be renewed. This is not really an eviction for nonpayment of rent. Even that takes 3 months of magistrate hearings before the constable comes to change the locks and physically remove persons if necessary.

Posted by Sean King on 04/13/2017 at 9:53 AM

Re: “An eviction in Polish Hill shows affordable-housing issues go beyond Pittsburgh neighborhoods like East Liberty and Lawrenceville

Pittsburgh was once the second-most expensive city to live in after New York. Then, in 1913, it introduced land value tax, which kept land speculators out of the market. It gradually became the most affordable of the 100 largest cities.

In 2000 it lost land value tax due to sabotaged county land assessments, and it is now experiencing its first housing bubble in over a century.

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Posted by Dan Sullivan on 04/12/2017 at 9:08 PM

Re: “An eviction in Polish Hill shows affordable-housing issues go beyond Pittsburgh neighborhoods like East Liberty and Lawrenceville

We also live in Polish Hill. I moved to Brereton Street in 2010 and fell in love with the charm of the neighborhood. I have regular anxiety each time the lease is up for renewal that this year will be the year our landlord announces she's evicting us to do $2,000 in improvements and then double the rent to lure in an UBER or Apple employee so they can walk to their offices nearby. It's a very stressful time to be a renter in our neighborhood.

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Posted by Paul J. Laure on 04/12/2017 at 2:10 PM

Re: “An eviction in Polish Hill shows affordable-housing issues go beyond Pittsburgh neighborhoods like East Liberty and Lawrenceville

"Until we figure that out." Deb Gross has been on City Council for how long now? And yet nothing but lip service from her and that other great talker, her overlord, Bill Peduto. The two of them sure can diagnose a problem and then shake their heads as if someone else was in charge. No, politicians, YOU figure it out. Or get out of the way.

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Posted by Austin on 04/12/2017 at 2:01 PM

Re: “What’s being done to help Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority tackle immediate lead threat and address high debt?

Restructuring PWSA is re-arranging chairs on the deck of the Titanic. Just goes to show how craven Peduto is, and how people continue to fall for his all-talk, no results progressive-r than thou baloney. Lead is in the water. Act now.

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Posted by Austin on 04/12/2017 at 12:58 PM

Re: “The Neverending Story: It's been 13 years since the state took over the failing Duquesne school system. So why haven't things gotten better?

Its 2017 and Da'Duke is still going.... Praying it hangs in there.
C/O 88

Posted by Judi Dixon on 04/11/2017 at 2:29 PM
Posted by Judi Dixon on 04/11/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “A guide for navigating “good news” and “bad news” in the fake-news era

Use somebody else, the big search engines sell you information. Privacy is every Americans right. Freedom of speech and freedom of the internet,. When they passed net neutral, that was a way for the government to get there greedy hands on the internet. Stop the Government from spying on everybody. Use the search engine that does not change its results for political reasons and respects your privacy, just good old fashion results that are not tracked. Lookseek.com Have a great day

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Posted by Steve Carr on 04/06/2017 at 4:57 PM

Re: “How Journalists Can Mislead Readers: An Annotation

2016 was warmer by .04 degrees. The margin of error is .1 degrees. And why did you wait five months to address an article that at the time was correct. There was a La Nina. Temperatures did drop. And the 97 percent consensus has been debunked so many times and by so many publications, including the WSJ, it's a wonder only alarmist outlets are still using it. It's akin to saying Politifact isn't a left-wing outlet. Has the Earth warmed since 1890? Yes, about one degree. And after the Little Ice Age ended in 1850. Does man have an influence on the climate? Yes. Those were the two questions the survey asked. Even I would be in the consensus, except I'm not. From the Urban Heat Island affect to razing forests to grow corn for biofuels, man has and always will affect the climate, especially when there are billions of us spreading out and multiplying. Global warming has become a religion being pushed by plutocrats like Al Gore. And if not for the internet, it would be a dead issue like the ice age scare in the 70s. But too many climate scientists have put their reputations on the line so they refuse to look at other non-atmospherically causes like geological disturbances and naturally occurring events. The only spot in Antarctica that's even slightly melting is in West Antarctica, which sits on an active, geologically active fault line that's constantly emitting vast amounts of heat. There are at least three active volcanoes in areas where the most melting is occurring. Geologists know this and find climatologists amusing as they try to pin everything on climate change. NASA used to have a VENTS program to study these phenomena but much of its budget has been diverted to the atmospheric sciences under Obama's eight years. Eight long years of making the most outlandish, scientifically unsupportable accusations driven by science advisor John Holdren, whose history as an activist is well documented. Finally, science has returned to agencies once run by environmental activists using agendas provided by environmental groups. Is it just a coincidence that environmental lawsuits dramatically fell under Obama's tenure?

Posted by justinboston on 04/05/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Mental-health advocates question U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy’s support for now-scrapped AHCA

Cures Act doesn't add parity requirements -- it seeks clarity and enforcement of existing rules. See more: htps://www.healthcaretownhall.com/?p=8340#sthash.9I4tCd7U.dpbs

Posted by Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson on 04/02/2017 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Mental-health advocates question U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy’s support for now-scrapped AHCA

As a constituent of Mr. Murphy's (I cannot call him Representative Murphy because he does not represent me in any sense of the word) I do not understand why other constituents are confused about his stance on this bill? Do they not read his newsletter or write to him and read his responses. They are all spin.

The Affordable Care Act is a monstrosity, but it still is better than nothing for those who are otherwise unable to obtain health care. Trying to spin the Republican proposed alternative is beyond the ethical pale for anyone who purports to represent his constituents rather than the big money interests that are his true constituency.

"Representative" Murphy is a misnomer as far as his constituents are concerned.

Posted by Herb from Upper Saint Clair on 04/01/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Judge Lester Nauhaus has a history of making questionable comments in the courtroom, but has he gone too far?

Judge Nauhaus taught Criminal Procedure at the Pittsburgh Police Academy where he affectionately referred to us as his "little piggies." Ah, memories.

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Posted by Dadoorunrun on 03/30/2017 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Judge Lester Nauhaus has a history of making questionable comments in the courtroom, but has he gone too far?

Privately, Judge Nauhaus is one of the most compassionate, reasonable, and hysterical men in the courthouse.

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Posted by CashMeOutside on 03/30/2017 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh history lives on, online

Remember the plane that crashed into the Mon by the Homestead High-level Bridge and was never recovered?

Posted by Fast Eddie on 03/25/2017 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Despite changing infrastructure needs in the Mon Valley, the Mon-Fayette Expressway refuses to die

Those against the road are just participating in the big liberal Democratic lie that makes this a dying region. Sad.

Posted by Victor Edwards on 03/23/2017 at 5:25 PM

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