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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Analysis: Rothfus uses golf as a wedge issue (get it?)

Posted By on Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

So it has come to this: Republicans -- who are led by the chameleon-like Mitt Romney -- have made the ultimate flip-flop. They are now against golf.

Or so it would seem, based on the latest TV ad from Congressional candidate Keith Rothfus, which begins, "As President, Barack Obama has played over 100 rounds of golf. Keith Rothfus has played one round -- of miniature golf."

Obviously, this is part of Rothfus' ongoing effort to convince western Pennsylvania voters that he is not a cyborg. Like his first TV ad, this spot asserts that Rothfus is a "regular guy," which in itself raises some questions. How many "regular" guys want to run for Congress -- and are capable of raising nearly $900,000 to do so? And how many times can a person insist he's "just a normal guy" before you start to suspect that there's something deeply, deeply wrong with him?

But the real question here is: What does this alleged "regular guy" have against golfers?

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Community-gardening initiative takes root, arr arr

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Interested in local food? Gardening? Why not combine the two to start a community garden next year?

Grow Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, is assisting communities to start community food gardens.

From GP's web site:

"The garden program lasts for two years, with the goal of garden self-sufficiency by the end of the second growing season. To be eligible, garden groups must have a partnering non-profit, and a suitable site with lead levels below 400 PPM on public or non-profit-owned land in the City of Pittsburgh. "

Applications for City Growers -- gardens within the City – are due by Aug. 24 (Friday); applications for Allegheny Grows — gardens within Allegheny County but outside the city — are due by Sept. 7.

There's also an information session this Sat., Aug. 25, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Grow Pittsburgh,

6587 Hamilton Ave #2W, Pittsburgh 15206. Please RSVP to iris.whitworth@alleghenycounty.us

For more information, visit: http://growpittsburgh.org/growpittsburgh/CityGrowers/Programs

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