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Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

Snowflake screams at her "PULL OVER!" Yeah right, she's going to pull over to have SJW Capt'N Snowflake assault her.
It was a lil toot not laid on or blaring, precious.

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Posted by Big Billy Gruff on 04/29/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

She didn't lay on the horn. Nor did the horn blare. Bike Nazi was speeding too.

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Posted by Safety Patrol on 04/29/2017 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto takes on Donald Trump instead of primary challengers in new campaign ad

pedo has his legion of obnoxious bike fanatics on the attack against his opponents. in the meantime he's delusional thinking that pittsburgh can become a "bike town". there r 2 reasons why pgh will never be a biking town - we're too HILLY & we have two seasons: winter or rain. so what does peduto do? spends a ton of our tax payer $$$ & gets rid of 2-lane car lanes downtown & in the northside bridges which only gums up the downtown traffic! ... & the kicker is that most of the time those bike lanes are EMPTY! all that was needed were bike signs saying "share the road". peduto is a moron.

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Posted by . on 04/29/2017 at 2:51 AM

Re: “Pennsylvania Senate and House pass 'Sue Our Cities' bills

Avoid being sued by obeying state law, you know, like the rest of us.

Posted by JohnH3 on 04/28/2017 at 10:56 PM

Re: “Pennsylvania Senate and House pass 'Sue Our Cities' bills

Also, see the Section 21, Declaration of Rights, PA Constitution:

21. Right to bear arms.

The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/…

Posted by Dan Sullivan on 04/28/2017 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Pennsylvania Senate and House pass 'Sue Our Cities' bills

Aside from the question of what people think municipal law *should* be, Pennsylvania is a Dillons's Rule state, also known as a "Mother, may I" state. Some states specify what municipalities *may not* do, and they may do anything not explicitly prohibited. Most states, including Pennsylvania, specify what municipalities *may* do, and they may not do anything that is not explicitly permitted.

The bottom line is that municipal gun bans in Pennsylvania were always illegal, but that the state did not want to fight about it. This way the gun rights groups can do the fighting, which they will certainly be inclined to do.

Posted by Dan Sullivan on 04/28/2017 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Pennsylvania Senate and House pass 'Sue Our Cities' bills

The title and article itself are INCREDIBLY misleading. But that appears intentional, so I'll just state the facts as simply as possible. Under PA law (and I'm told the PA Constitution as well), it is ILLEGAL for any county, or municipality (cities, towns, boroughs...) to enact ANY laws related to firearms. That is PA law. Cities CAN NOT make any local firearms laws. Therefore, when a city DOES pass a 'law' regarding firearms, they are violating Commonwealth law, and if they enforce it they are violating the rights of the citizen they enforced it upon. So what this law says is that if a city is breaking the law, and violates your rights, and then you (or the NRA, or the ACLU or NAACP or NAGR or any other group) sues the city for breaking the law and violating your rights, that city has to pay YOUR legal costs when they loose. They have to reimburse you the cost of fighting to defend the rights they violated. The alternative is a city breaking the law and violating your rights, then when you try to defend yourself, they use their ON STAFF lawyers to drag out any hearings and financially DESTROY the person fighting for their rights. Why wouldn't they? If they piss away MILLIONS on defending themselves for breaking the law and violating your rights, what does it cost them? Nothing? They just take more money from the people of their city. So why WOULDN'T they violate your rights? Well, because it will cost them TWICE as much to accomplish nothing, again, if they lose. If they WIN, they don't have to pay your costs... So if they REALLY think their law is valid, and they are not violating your rights, why would they care if they have to pay if they lose? If your 'law' is 'legal' you WON'T have to pay. Feel deceived yet? Personally, I think, rather than pass this law, it is FAR more appropriate to send state troopers to arrest the pittsburgh mayor and anyone else involved in 'conspiring to violate your civil rights' (which is EXACTLY what they did by passing that 'law' and any like it), but that'd never happen, becasue justice rarely finds those with power.

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Posted by Mick on 04/27/2017 at 10:28 PM

Re: “Pennsylvania Senate and House pass 'Sue Our Cities' bills

As a citizen harmed by the efforts of elected officials willing to thumb their noses at the state legislation, as if they have a higher authority, i can confidently tell you, no sir/madams, you are not above the law!! Your push for public safety, has nothing to do with protecting the citizens!! It has everything with pushing your personal, ILLEGAL agenda!! How dare you take taxpayer money to control the LAW ABIDING gun owner by doing ILLEGAL ordinances and making the TAXPAYER pay to push your agenda!! SHAME ON YOU AND YOUR EGOS!! The only person that you hurt is the law abiding citizens while you give criminsls a free pass to do their evil!!

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Posted by Chris Phillips on 04/27/2017 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

where is darlene harris in this video? i hear a voice of a woman "sounding" like her. at what time in the video can her face be seen?

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Posted by . on 04/26/2017 at 11:19 PM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

Darlene Harris has no concrete plans for anything. She's a sign of Old Pittsburgh - the old timers who complain about anything and everything that hasn't been here for 100 years. Complaining about bike lanes and saying you won't be Peduto isn't a platform.

(She also has a face that looks like a cat's puckered asshole, but that's neither here nor there.)

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Posted by Get A New Wig Darlene on 04/24/2017 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

Funny how BikePGH has essentially become a PAC for Peduto.

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Posted by Susan on 04/24/2017 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

Kevin Ryan,

To be fair, most motorists I have encountered are self-important douchebags with no common sense. Yes, you have a right to the same road. Tell me what being right is going to mean to you when some idiot hits you and you're laying there dying.

Also, honking at Amish buggies, pedestrians, other cars, cyclists...its *always* rude. Pittsburgh has a HUGE issue with people honking their horns. Don't be part of the problem, be part of the solution.

Paul Heckbert,

Bikes do kill pedestrians. It happens. Just not nearly at the same rate as motorists kill cyclists/pedestrians. Most pedestrian deaths attributed to cyclists are because cyclists are riding on the sidewalks.

Sidewalks are the most dangerous place for a cyclist to be. For pedestrians, motorists and cyclists alike.

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Posted by Eff Dee on 04/23/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

This woman is a nightmare.
Between ranting about homeless camps and creating an unsafe environment for cyclists she's proven to be nothing more than an entitled geriatric who is unsurprisingly opposed to societal progression and only strives to maintain her personal comfort.
She's yet to provide a single viable solution in regards to improving the city of Pittsburgh.

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Posted by Tanisha Long on 04/23/2017 at 6:38 AM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

I drive through Amish country every day. When I come upon an Amish buggy or one riding a bike I give a quick honk on my horn. This is not to be an asshole; this is to be certain they know a truck is approaching so it doesn't surprise them or spook the horse. It's called 'being safe'

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Posted by Kevin Ryan on 04/23/2017 at 5:54 AM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

To be fair, most bicyclists I have encountered are self-important douchebags with no common sense. Yes, you have a right to the same road. Tell me what being right is going to mean to you when some idiot hits you and you're laying there dying.

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Posted by Kevin Ryan on 04/23/2017 at 5:50 AM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

Darlene Harris behaved here like an impatient hothead: honking at a cyclist who was preventing her from driving at twice the speed limit, then telling him to get in the [nonexistent] bike lane. Why would we elect someone this ignorant and self-centered to be mayor?

About the idea of licensing bicycles: It makes sense to require registration, insurance, and licensing for CARS, since they can kill others. But bicycles don't kill others, so licensing them is unnecessary. Also, bicycling is good for health, environment, and frugality, while driving a car often is not. Some people bike to work occasionally to address obesity and diabetes. As a society, we should promote cycling over driving. We shouldnt be penalizing cyclists. Registration, insurance, and licensing of bicycles would be unwise because it would discourage cycling.

Here's an article Why Bicycle Licensing Almost Never Works, in synopsis:
Toronto tried mandatory bicycle licensing and abandoned it, concluding that it teaches kids to break the law.
Ottawa estimated it would cost $100,000 a year but bring in only $40,000/yr in revenue.
Long Beach tried bicycle licensing but they lost money on it.
Seattle found the maintenance and record-keeping to be a problem.
Medford tried it and found it unenforceable.
San Jose has bike licensing laws, but its fallen into disuse: only 9 licenses were issued one year.
San Diego has earned no revenue from bicycle licensing for the last three years.
Houston has a law, but only 100 bicycles are registered, total.
Los Angeles loses money on their bike licensing, and the law is not enforced.
Honolulu has a bike license law, and it makes money, but that may be because Oahu is an island.
http://www.chicagomag.com/city-life/March-…

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Posted by Paul Heckbert on 04/22/2017 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto releases first polling figures for 2017 mayoral race

since there r no conservatives running, i'd rather see darlene harris as the next mayor. peduto's only "accomplishment" is removing all 2-lane streets downtown pgh & on NS bridges to make way 4 bike lanes which has GUMMED UP local traffic (irony is that the bikes lanes r usually empty !!). i used to live in philadelphia for a few yrs - that's conducive to being a "bike city" b/c of the FLAT terrain & b/c of the milder winters (both due to fact that it's closer to a shore). does peduto realize that pgh will never be a "bike city" because of the HILLS & the NOTORIOUS rainy weather during non-winter seasons & harsh snow during winter? he's delusional to the realities of pgh's weather/terrain. thx a lot bill 4 ruining dwntn traffic!

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Posted by . on 04/22/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

I have no issue with cyclists who respect the traffic laws and ride safely. I will always slow down, and only pass them when i can safely do so with the 4' buffer. We all need to chill and share the roads, they belong to all of us.
That said, if you are among the minority of cyclists who feel that traffic lanes, stop signs, red lights, and other laws and/or traffic control devices do not apply to you, well, i have a problem with that. If you run red lights and stop signs(because you can), and otherwise ignore the laws that motor vehicles must adhere to, then you will hear horns and cursing and have confrontations with drivers.

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Posted by centrist on 04/22/2017 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

What many of you seem to be missing is that Darlene Harris started the escalation. Her honking her horn was the equivalent of "What is your damned problem." The cyclist reponded in kind and it further escalated. The onus of the altercation is on the initial aggressor...Darlene Harris.

Leslie Marie Fenner - If you hit a cyclist, its because of your stupidity, not the cyclists. Watch the road. Watch for others. Share the road. This isn't rocket science. You have to register and insure a car because its worth tens of thousands of dollars. You can't bya motor vehicle at Toys R Us. Its ignorant motorists such as yourself that are ruining it for everyone else...cyclists, motorists and pedestrians alike.

If you don't want to obey the laws, leave. You're not wanted here.

Don Harden - So all I have to do to avoid paying sales and income taxes is own a bike? Its that easy? Do I get the taxes back that I pay for gas in my motor vehicle as well?

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Posted by Eff Dee on 04/22/2017 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

How many of those cars clogging up the highways actually live in Pittsburgh? Yet, the majority of the complaints about bicycle lanes come from them.(commuters). I moved to the North side 30 years ago, so I could use my bicycle as a major form of transportation. I own a car and a house and I work in Pittsburgh, so I pay my share of taxes. I never understood why folks in the 'Burgh are so resistant to change. Steel mills closed along time ago, and people still think the mills and coal mining are coming back. PROGRESSION PEOPLE!

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Posted by Jerae Palmer on 04/22/2017 at 9:33 AM

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