So moral of the story, there are two sides to every story. I am happy to see people who care out there trying to make a difference instead of just spouting comments about how the town has gone to shit while doing nothing to better the situation. I grew up in Ambridge and would love to see it bounce back!
I am sorry, but I disagree that Trump divided the people. Over the last eight years is when the people became more divided than ever.
Hey SW PA native, thanks for the comment. The story actually mentions how Trump gained ground compared to Romney in Beaver County, and how there are clearly signs of significant Trump support in town. However, this story was inspired by the people of Ambridge reaching out to me, (not me going out of my way) wanting to tell a different story to what they are used to reading about in Ambridge.
The article is not about how Democrats are losing ground in Ambridge or how Beaver County is becoming more Republican. It is about a town and the people there that are working hard to try and improve Ambridge, regardless of national politics or the Democratic or Republican party.
As always, thanks for your readership and your input into the story.
Ryan, it seems as though this story is devoted to "debunking" stories by "large out-of-town publications ... about how white working-class, Democratic voters were swayed by Trump and helped secure his victory in Pennsylvania and nationwide." Then, you cite Clinton's win by 12 points as though it's some exclamation point on a faulty narrative. Well, four years ago, Obama beat Romney in Ambridge by 26. (Add up the math from http://www.beavercountypa.gov/Depts/Elections/Documents/20121106ERP.htm) Aren't the data clear that Trump narrowed margins in several communities and flipped others statewide? (See https://billypenn.com/2016/11/09/how-donald-trump-won-pennsylvania-then-the-white-house/ among many examples.)
The article also goes out of its way to quote people who speak highly of Ambridge and its possibilities, but offers no differing opinions -- other than repeating a guy's quote from The New York Times. Aren't you curious how support for the Democratic candidate declined by 14 percentage points in four years? Sure, Ambridge isn't a GOP stronghold, and maybe "outsiders" are wrong to give that impression, but what is the ultimate value of a story that gives superficial treatment to the borough's challenges? Western Pennsylvania is littered with towns like Ambridge, where some locals think a nice coffee shop or antique shop will spur inspiring, turn-back-the-clock downtown redevelopment. In other words, this feels too much like a defense of Ambridge as a reliably Democratic-voting town instead of a clear-eyed consideration and analysis of the region's voting habits. Beaver County has 18,448 more Ds than Rs (http://www.dos.pa.gov/VotingElections/OtherServicesEvents/VotingElectionStatistics/Documents/2016%20Election%20VR%20Stats.pdf), but Trump won by 6 points (http://www.beavercountypa.gov/Depts/Elections/Documents/2016_FINAL_ELECTION_RESULTS_BY_RACE.pdf). Westmoreland County long has had a -- declining -- Democratic registration edge, but Republicans, generally, win there now. If City Paper is going to venture to Beaver County to explain it to us, shouldn't it endeavor to tell a deeper, fuller story?
Long shot, but any insight who made the homemade 'Drumpf' sign in the cover photo? For the last 4 or so years I've seen homemade signs in that style planted all around the steel towns between Tarentum and Leechburg. Interesting to see it in Ambridge too. Dedicated USW member?
So now we are in the new year 2017. No, Sanders did not become president. I feel it was the will of the people to elect him though. I did not see ALL of the corruption of the press and election process.
I am posting a detailed line up of the many predictions that were spot on and the few that were not for this article on my website intuitz.com.
I hope everyone is seeing the light, the process continues.
The day has come where living in The Golden Triangle will be economically challenging to the working class. It has always been a desirable location. Gentrification is needed in order for the city to regain its status within the country. All that is needed now is for The Penguins to develop a world class site where The Civic Arena once stood. Gentrification will bring retail and commercial development to the city.
What this man "deserves" is prison, never to see the light of day again. I'm so sick of these stories where the media (and other liberals) attempt to make this a sob story and to turn the criminal into a victim. Yes... it's unfortunate that he dropped a bunch of anchor babies here. But that's HIS mistake and we should never be held responsible for cleaning up somebody else's mistake. This guy had the option of coming into the U.S. legally - thousands of people do it every year. It is not impossible - it's not even difficult. Now he has two options as far as I'm concerned... stay in Mexico and never see your family again (sad perhaps, but not my fault), or bring your family home to Mexico with you.
In my opinion, you should get one free bus ride home the first time you break in through our borders. The second occurrence should buy you a life-long prison sentence with no possibility of parole and no visitation.
And for those who say "Mexico is just too dangerous for people to stay there", I have to ask... then why the hell are thousands of Americans vacationing there every month?? Sure, SOME parts are dangerous - we have the same situation here in the U.S. If you're going to move, how about you move to a safer part of your own country instead of invade ours? Or here's a thought... how about you work your ass off to better your OWN country the way that we did over the decades here in the U.S.?
I just scrolled in to this article. It's 12/29/16.
I could only make it through Ms. Young's writing before I puked all over my keyboard. THIS is journalism?
Violence is on the rise, racism is on the rise, hate speech is now graffiti on walks and buildings YET, YET the black population is on the RISE.
What could Ms. Young possibly have missed in her deep compelling research?
I like how are mayor of pgh says u won't get your job on who u know.Funny he highers Costa a gym teacher, paulin a clerk.they didn't get there jobs by what they know about the job.lol are mayor is a foney.its time to help all neighborhoods not just east liberty and the mayor new office
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After what has happened to the city's water and sewage situation (the quality, price, service) during his term, that alone makes it hard to vote the mayor back in office. Remember, ultimately it is the mayor's office that should be blamed for putting a profit-first corporation in charge of our water, which has significantly increased in price (while significantly decreasing in quality/treatment and service... soo many billing "errors") over the past few years. PWSA doesn't answer to the PUC like other public utilities do; Pittsburgh Water & Sewage Authority answers, ultimately, to the mayor's office. The city's water situation is now truly disgusting. This politician made a not-so-bad water situation into really terrible problem; probably to the point of no return: the bills will never ever go back down to being reasonable, and the water quality now sucks really bad. Don't vote for him, and make sure politicians realize that water is important. Understand this: if you live in Pittsburgh, your water is now more expensive and contaminated because of him... you're paying a lot more and getting filthier water for it. Our water & sewage system has been commandeered by a crony capitalist system at it's worst. FYIi, "crony capitalism" isn't really capitalism... lol, especially when you consider the water & sewage isn't tied to the free-market and is monopolized by the quasi-government private-public partnerships in place (e.g. "Pennsylvania American Water", a private company, sometimes is the entity that charges/bills you for water, but yet the sewage portion is always controlled by PWSA... who can place a government lien your property if you disagree with their "erroneous bills" or disgraceful 600% annual price increase (which, in truth, is really nothing more than a hidden tax increase). Now they say we also need to raise rates over another 20% over just the next 2 years?!? I bet they'll raise rates at an even high pace/rate than that. This should be made into a prime issue for upcoming elections.
My comments are going to echo several of those from above. Thanks for this report. I agree that it would great to see a follow-up story with recommendations on what can be done to protect both children and adults affected by these service lines. Additionally, it would be valuable to get more information about other lead-related issues, like the contamination occurring in neighborhoods with high rates of home renovation, and the health consequences of specific lead levels on people of various ages. In both cases, it would again be helpful to hear perspectives from people both inside and outside Pittsburgh.
Seems that a couple of morning toilet flushings and/or someone taking a shower prior to drawing water for drinking or cooking would work around the daily service line buildup.
Outstanding hometown favorite... :-)
What is in the mind of someone who knowingly poisons children and impairs their lives? Why did the politicians, regulators and bureaucrats who knew the water in Flintsburgh, was toxic lie about the danger for months? What does it say about a society that is ruled by, and refuses to punish, those who willfully destroy the lives of children?
The crisis in Flintsburgh is far more ominous than lead-contaminated water. It is symptomatic of the collapse of our democracy. Corporate power is not held accountable for its crimes. Everything is up for sale, including children. Our regulatory agencies including the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and PA Department of Environmental Protection have been defunded, emasculated and handed over to corporate-friendly stooges. Our corrupt courts are part of a mirage of justice. The role of these government agencies and courts, and of the legislatures, is to sanction abuse rather than halt it.
The primacy of profit throughout the society takes precedence over life itself, including the life of the most vulnerable. This corporate system of power knows no limits. It has no internal restraints. It will sacrifice all of us, including our children, on the altar of corporate greed.
In a functioning judicial system, PA officials, PWSA leads, and others among the Flintsburgh ruling class, along with all the regulatory officials who lied as a city was being put at risk, and sickened, would be in jail facing trial.
Thank you for this reporting! If possible, a follow-up story on what precautions the outside experts recommend would be helpful for those of us living with lead service lines and small children. I thought I was getting good advice from PWSA, but apparently I'm not. Thank you!
Informing "CFS researchers" that NOT A SINGLE CFS RESEARCHER EVER LOOKED INTO THE INCIDENT THAT STARTED CFS has NOT had the effect of inducing a "CFS researcher interest response"
This can be taken as extremely compelling evidence that NO so-called "CFS researchers" ever had ANY INTENTION of "solving CFS" as they so often claim.
They must be total hypocrites.
So say I, Erik Johnson, member of the original CFS cohort.
Jeri McClure Kurre 2012 CFSAC testimony.
Let me make something perfectly clear. The illness entity known as CFS, based on an outbreak of ME Plus, has never been fully investigated by
anyone. Not one researcher has examined all of the evidence that caused the creation of this syndrome. NOT A SINGLE ONE. After nearly 30
years. This is a disgrace of epic proportions. A disease that has brought brutal,relentless suffering to now millions of people and yet we have
evidence that has been around since the inception of the syndrome that has never been examined.
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