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Re: “Local author Andy Moore writes the first book about the fruit called the pawpaw

I grew Paw Paw trees from seed on my balcony -- they did just FINE for YEARS until the brutal winter of 2013 and ditto 2014.

Posted by Azar Attura on 08/19/2015 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Local author Andy Moore writes the first book about the fruit called the pawpaw

Pawpaw: America’s Forgotten Fruit (Chelsea Green Publishing, $26), he combines natural history with an investigation into pawpaw’s prospects as a commercial crop.

Posted by Gigi83 on 08/16/2015 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Local author Andy Moore writes the first book about the fruit called the pawpaw

so what is the name of the book?

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Posted by Chris Jankot on 08/15/2015 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Less is More: Eve Picker is going to fill the city's vacant lots — one tiny house at a time

She is a great forward thinking person who will achieve any and everything she puts her mind to do!!!Thanks for having a vision,goal and plan to transform communities and help change hearts and minds.

Posted by Lee Feets Davis on 08/08/2015 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Liven up the Republican primary debate with this set of six unique bingo cards

where can we watch the debate if we don't have cable??!

Posted by Gregory D. Manley on 08/06/2015 at 8:05 PM

Re: “A new documentary tells how in 1941, a young woman founded Pittsburgh's first gallery of modern art

It seems during that time artists hung together and that was a really good thing. Friends are everything with all the support they bring

Posted by Kathy Mitro on 07/17/2015 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Let Us Now Praise Famous Jagoffs

So, perhaps our regional word "jagoff" has sub-regional usage. Growing up in Nor-side in the 70s we used it as kids as an insult, but it never had any sexual implication. It wasn't a dirty word or taboo. A jagoff was usually a jerk. You're jagging me is you're kidding me. I never heard that jack-off = jagoff until well into my teens in the 80s. I just assumed it evolved to a broader meaning.

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Posted by jnine99 on 07/07/2015 at 10:58 AM
Posted by Robert Joseph Biller on 06/27/2015 at 3:01 PM

Re: “The Fight for $15

We have done all these experiments "in real time." While the track record for minimum wage increases has been mixed, the track record for shifting taxes onto land values has been an unabashed blessing. Every place that has done it has had a construction boom and more stable, affordable housing, not just for a little while, but for as long as the tax was in place.

What have minimum-wage increases given us? Some relief and some unemployment, but mostly higher residential rents (especially in poor areas) and lower commercial rents. This is a windfall, not for the working poor, but for their landlords.

"Some years ago in London there was a toll bar on a bridge across the Thames, and all the working people who lived on the south side of the river had to pay a daily toll of one penny for going and returning from their work. The spectacle of these poor people thus mulcted of so large a proportion of their earnings offended the public con-science, and agitation was set on foot, municipal authorities were roused, and at the cost of the taxpayers, the bridge was freed and the toll removed. All those people who used the bridge were saved sixpence a week, but within a very short time rents on the south side of the river were found to have risen about sixpence a week, or the amount of the toll which had been remitted!

"And a friend of mine was telling me the other day that, in the parish of Southwark, about 350 pounds a year was given away in doles of bread by charitable people in connection with one of the churches. As a consequence of this charity, the competition for small houses and single-room tenements is so great that rents are considerably higher in the parish!

"All goes back to the land, and the land owner is able to absorb to himself a share of almost every public and every private benefit, however important or however pitiful those benefits may be."

- Winston Churchill

"What those people valued was high wages; it didn’t seem to be a matter of any consequence to them whether the high wages would buy anything or not. They stood for 'protection,' and swore by it, which was reasonable enough, because interested parties had gulled them into the notion that it was protection which had created their high wages. I proved to them that in a quarter of a century their wages had advanced but 30 per cent., while the cost of living had gone up 100; and that with us, in a shorter time, wages had advanced 40 per cent. while the cost of living had gone steadily down. But it didn’t do any good. Nothing could unseat their strange beliefs."

- Mark Twain, "Sixth Century Political Economy," *A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur*

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root."

- Henry David Thoreau

Posted by Dan Sullivan on 06/25/2015 at 7:40 AM

Re: “The Fight for $15

We have tried paying slave wages now since the beginning of time to those we have had power over.
How has it worked out for us up until now?
As Albert Einstein once said “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” .
Lets put a whole new whitewash on it and pay people what they need to actually survive and then stand back and assess the results, instead of pontificating and extrapolating senseless data by projected "expected" results.
Let's do instead of talk and analyze things in real time

Posted by Kathy Mitro on 06/25/2015 at 6:53 AM

Re: “The Fight for $15

Kathy, while I respect what you're saying, I think you're missing Dan's point. I'll try to summarize: (1) Minimum wage is increased. (2) All real wage gains taken in by the worker are absorbed by his landlord, who simply INCREASES rents to absorb the real wealth his tenant is newly able to put out. The worker has gained nothing; the landlord has eaten it all.

Inequality can be addressed only by removing contrived privileges to land / natural resources. Otherwise, the people who control them can charge whatever they want for access to them.

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Posted by Frank Howell on 06/25/2015 at 6:36 AM
Posted by Joe Wos on 06/24/2015 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Stuart Day Guitars is making a play for the big time

Thanks Stuart, We have made the clarification,

Charlie Deitch

Posted by Charlie Deitch on 06/03/2015 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Stuart Day Guitars is making a play for the big time

How do I find you and your work? I spend too much on guitars now - so why stop ?

Posted by Jim Carlin on 06/03/2015 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Stuart Day Guitars is making a play for the big time

Its an honor to be represented here in the City Paper. What a nice piece Alex wrote.

I'd just like to make one minor correction. That $2,000 figure. not sure where that came from… I might have been talking about factory made instruments vs handmade and I wasn't clear enough. I'd say, generally speaking, the handmade market bottoms out at around $5,000 and moves up from there to around $60,000.

You can find more information on my career and instruments, including high end repair and restoration work I do at

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Posted by Stuart Day on 06/03/2015 at 10:40 AM

Re: “A new documentary tells how in 1941, a young woman founded Pittsburgh's first gallery of modern art

pAST FRIEND OF MINE , BILLY KLUVER KNEW & WORKED WITH MANY OF THE MENTIONED ARTISTS.+ the Rockwell family was[is] a very powerful , wealthy & influential

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Posted by Fred P Seifried on 05/30/2015 at 3:25 PM

Re: “The Fight for $15

The reason I loved this article was the illustration in it put a real face on the people the minimum wage is affecting.
We see them not as worker drones but as real people.
Much as slaves were seen as subhuman and plantations could not be run without their total submission of self as not equal to the white master.
Today's situation of CEO's earning millions while their own worker slaves run ru their companies for pennies is a not so distant echo from our Civil War which almost destroyed our great nation.
For we hear as in the South the same cries of, we cannot survive without the slaves in the present society this being the worker slaves.
The only difference being our minimum wage worker drones have the appellation (if not the financial fact) of freedom
Unless we start seeing everyone as worthy of having enough to eat and enough to buy shelter, we are a divided nation.
We can pontificate all we want on profit margins, but until we equalize the way the profits are divided, we are in the same slave mentality, where one's worth is deemed to be millions, while another worth is set at pennies.
I have had experience with the human face of the $7 minimum wage.
I had stepped in and provided food for families, yes complete families, with husband and wife both working (at minimum wage of course) because when I did not it was the choice between a roof over their heads or the food on their table,and a roof invariably wins out.
Am I left?
As that is supposed to be a dirty word in the monied world.
No I am just pro person, as in the pot needs to be equally divided so none suffer as the slaves in the South suffered.

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Posted by Kathy Mitro on 05/28/2015 at 7:47 AM

Re: “The Fight for $15

It's time to get *serious * about closing the wealth gap instead of reciting left-wing talking points based on magical thinking. It's not that a minimum-wage hike is an altogether bad thing, but it is a distraction from the real battles, put forward by people looking for easy victories. Neither the wondrous effects predicted by the left nor the dire effects predicted by the right have any basis in fact.

As the increase is phased in, residential rents and prices will increase because landlords take whatever workers can afford to pay, and commercial rents and prices will fall because their landlords can take only what they can afford to pay after doubling their payroll costs.

Today's left tries to pass off these nostrums as radical, which is a shame. They don't go to the root of anything.

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Posted by Dan Sullivan on 05/27/2015 at 2:25 PM

Re: “The Fight for $15

A little temporary relief and no serious benefit to the worker to earn $15 per hour instead of $7. Hmm I doubt any of the workers would agree with you on that one.
One can espouse all sort of rhetoric defending any argument but in the end the facts belay such, however eloquently they are put , assumptions
People with money in their pocket spend it.
Simple fact.
When more people are spending more money , everyone benefits, the restaurants, grocery stores and small business.
When the money instead goes to the the wealthy the money is invested where it usually lay collecting interest but not going into any appreciable pockets.
In other words it stagnates instead of circulates
It's time to close the tremendous wealth gap.

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Posted by Kathy Mitro on 05/27/2015 at 1:26 PM

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