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Re: “Politicians and local leaders hold discussion on state anti-labor, anti-immigrant legislation

Also, Socialized medicine does NOT work! There is NO right to health care in the US Constitution!

Posted by Steven Twiss, Sr. on 04/15/2017 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Politicians and local leaders hold discussion on state anti-labor, anti-immigrant legislation

Anti-illegal immigrant: big difference! Also, not anti-union, pro-right to work!

Posted by Steven Twiss, Sr. on 04/15/2017 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Animal rights group PETA calls out Pittsburgh City Councilor Harris for elephant ride

Thank you to the Pittsburgh City Paper for covering this issue of elephant exploitation and cruelty, and for including a portion of my comment on Councilor Harris' Facebook page. A minor correction; my name is Lori, not Lisa. It's disappointing that a city councilor should condone and participate in circus elephant-back riding, and be a poor example to her constituents.

PETA's John Di Leonardo has noted the multiple animal welfare violations involving the elephants that the Shrine Circus leases from Carson & Barnes, and as I further noted on Councilor Harris' page, the states of Rhode Island and California have both banned the use of bullhooks on elephants.

Bullhooks resemble fireplace pokers and are weapons of fear, domination and abuse. Their sharp tips are used to hook elephants in their most tender areas, including behind their ears and legs, and in their mouths and genitals, to force them to submit and obey. Elephants, no matter how "tamed" by breaking their spirit through abusive circus training, remain wild animals and do not willingly accept riders on their backs. Anyone who believes elephants enjoy doing so, or enjoy performing degrading tricks in the circus, is sadly misinformed.

In addition, there are public safety concerns involving circus elephant acts and rides. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that a minimum of 12% of all captive elephants in the US has been exposed to TB (tuberculosis), an airborne bacterium which is transmissible between elephants and humans.

Circuses have also been cited for failing to control elephants at all times, including while giving rides, and elephants are capable of injuring or killing people when they've had enough of circus abuse. Elephants have rampaged (Google Tyke in Honolulu in 1994), escaped, stomped on trainers, and at 6,000-8,000 lbs. they're capable of causing grievous bodily harm and death to people.

We have safety standards for workplaces, automobiles, and amusement park rides; why on earth would anyone risk their safety or that of their children by climbing or placing them onto the back of an 8,000-lb. wild animal?

I hope that Councilor Harris makes the time and effort to learn more about circus elephant abuse and supports City Council President Kraus' proposed ordinance to ban the use of wild and exotic animals for entertainment in Pittsburgh. It's past time for society to recognize that there's nothing amusing about animal cruelty.

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Posted by Lori Sirianni on 04/14/2017 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Animal rights group PETA calls out Pittsburgh City Councilor Harris for elephant ride

I'm with PETA. Elephants aren't amusement park rides and shouldn't be treated as such. They are living beings. Abusing and exploiting them for our own selfish purposes is cruel and dangerous.

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Posted by Heather Moore on 04/14/2017 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Animal rights group PETA calls out Pittsburgh City Councilor Harris for elephant ride

I'm glad PETA answered Councilwoman Harris' request for proof of abuse taking place in the circus. Perhaps the long list of abuses will cause her to have a change of heart!

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Posted by Lucy Post on 04/14/2017 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Animal rights group PETA calls out Pittsburgh City Councilor Harris for elephant ride

I'm with PETA. Have a heart, Councilwoman Harris.

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Posted by Kim Marie on 04/14/2017 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Animal rights group PETA calls out Pittsburgh City Councilor Harris for elephant ride

Councilwoman Harris should apologize. Anyone who truly advocates for animals wouldn't show such an alarming indifference to their exploitation.

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Posted by Craig Shapiro on 04/14/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “These Southwestern Pennsylvania reps questioned Syrian air strikes under Obama, but support them under Trump

Hey Dan, there aren't any Southwestern PA reps. who supported airstrikes under Obama and opposed under Trump. Keith Rothfus (R-Sewickley) questioned airstrikes under Obama, but did not make a statement anywhere publicly about Trump's strike. And Mike Doyle (D-Forest Hills) was skeptical of airstrikes under Obama and also didn't make any public statements about Trump's air strikes. Democratic Senator Bob Casey, was the most consistent. He backed Obama's plan for airstrikes in 2013 and supported Trump's decision, except he said Trump should have reached out to Congress first and that the strikes are another call for Trump to rescind his attempted travel ban.

Thanks for your question and thanks for reading.

Ryan Deto, Staff Writer, Pittsburgh City Paper

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Posted by Ryan Deto on 04/12/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “These Southwestern Pennsylvania reps questioned Syrian air strikes under Obama, but support them under Trump

Are there no SW PA reps who supported Obama's air strikes but opposed Trump's? In the name of objectivity either they should also be named, or the paper should state that there were none.

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Posted by Dan Sullivan on 04/11/2017 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Bon Jovi brings This House is Not for Sale tour to PPG Paints Arena

A sore throat, that's what I got,
Does it really matter if I finish or not?
You paid 10 dollars, that isn't a lot,
Oh well, I gave it a shot.

Ohhhh we're halfway there,
Just kidding, we're done.
Goodnight!

Posted by Ponsonby Britt on 04/06/2017 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh's Black Forge Coffee to continue carrying controversial loyalty punch cards

"There was fetus in my scone" is metal AF

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Posted by Brendan Hykes on 04/03/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh's Black Forge Coffee to continue carrying controversial loyalty punch cards

Is it tasteless? In a way, yes - no one should ever be taking death lightly in this day and age when gun violence is killing kids.

Is it funny? Again, in its own way. If that's what makes you smile, then sure - go pick up a card.

Is it illegal? Hell, no. If you don't like it, don't go there. Don't pick up the punch card and don't redeem it for the reward.

Easy enough to do, right?

:)

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Posted by Annie Charleston on 04/03/2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh's Black Forge Coffee to continue carrying controversial loyalty punch cards

You are disgusting!!! Maybe we should creat punch cards with your heads on it. Nothing personal, it's just funny - right?

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Posted by Susan Allan Block on 04/02/2017 at 11:35 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh's Black Forge Coffee to continue carrying controversial loyalty punch cards

I suggest Black Forge get a hole punch in the shape of a heart. :)

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Posted by Lillith Wolfson on 04/02/2017 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh's Black Forge Coffee to continue carrying controversial loyalty punch cards

This company is toast. We will see to it. They just couldn't keep their lefty politics out of it. You're going DOWN you POS fascist losers!

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Posted by Carmen Katz on 04/02/2017 at 5:44 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh's Black Forge Coffee to continue carrying controversial loyalty punch cards

Advocating for the death of other Human Beings is hardly free speech.

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Posted by EPIX on 04/01/2017 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Bike-advocacy group takes issue with mayoral candidate John Welch's comments on bike lanes

This guy's obsession with bike trails just shows how little he understands about what government does, how it is funded, and what you can and can't accomplish by yourself as mayor. I can already picture honorable mayor Welch's press conference 100 days into his administration: "nobody knew that completely overhauling water authorities could be so complicated." There should be a proficiency test in local government before you can get yourself on the ballot to prevent boneheaded candidates like John Welch.

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Posted by dead cyclist on 03/31/2017 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Solidarity rally and march tomorrow in Pittsburgh's Schenley Plaza

Still drinking that Clinton koolade, stop with this negativity and come up with something positive for a change.

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Posted by Harry Bovine on 03/31/2017 at 10:05 AM
Posted by Harry Bovine on 03/31/2017 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Trump Puppet highlights Pittsburgh's weekly Tuesdays With Toomey protest

This kind of rhetoric is so devisive to our country, this has to stop. This type of action is very anti-American and does not help anyone. The socialist Democratic party lost, get used to it.It's time to move forward, unite and get to work. be positive.

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Posted by Harry Bovine on 03/31/2017 at 9:58 AM

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