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Re: “Why can’t local homeowners include “green” attributes in real-estate listings?

Barbara Kohl is hindering marketing and appraised value of these homes. The MLS is behind the current market and the movement to implement green features has been around for more than a few years. See the Green The MLS website for examples that have been in place for years. When home buyers start using agents outside their MLS, it might send a message. CCI -Get Energy Smarter in Pittsburgh held two events in October. I spoke at both events to agents and a few builders about valuing and marketing green features. It was clear these agents were frustrated about the MLSs lack of proper fields to allow better marketing and appraised value. Before I arrived in Pittsburgh, I searched their MLS public side for a home with energy efficient or green features and none could be found. How is an appraiser supposed to find comparable sales when valuing these homes. Make a difference Pittsburgh and dont give up making your MLS updates. Your customers deserve the best marketing.

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Posted by Sandra Adomatis on 11/23/2017 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Lessons learned from a 12-year-old drag queen

I know this family and this kid, and they are truly an inspiration. In my 33 years gender has always been something I've struggled to grasp. Ignorance and intolerance pushed me almost over the edge and I cannot thank the universe enough for lighting my path to the drag scene where I've been able to build a career, express myself and help my community. Great kid, great family, great story!

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Posted by Georgia Bea Cummings on 11/02/2017 at 12:34 AM

Re: “Lessons learned from a 12-year-old drag queen

Thank you. Thank you so much for featuring my beautiful child in this story. And thank you for trying to help people understand. We do live in a wonderous time of growth, acceptance, and love... whether people open their eyes to it or not. I can't protect my child every moment. So I pray that we're creating a world where all children (of all ages young and adult) like E! feel loved and accepted and safe. Bless you and City Paper

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Posted by Andrea Varela on 11/01/2017 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Lynn Cullen Live - 10/31/17

Lynn Cullen's Mt. Lebanon bashing this morning over a Trick or Treat policy that does not exist was a good example of so-called professional journalists who repeat information without checking the source. Mt. Lebanon's Trick or Treat is from 6-8 p.m. Everyone is welcome. There are no official bags. Maybe next time, do a little homework before positioning any community as an elitist place that does not want to share candy with people who come from beyond their borders.

Susan Morgans
Public Information Officer
Mt. Lebanon

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Posted by Susan Morgans on 10/31/2017 at 1:33 PM

Re: “At the top of the Carson Towers on East Carson Street, there is an old inlaid sign that says "Saint Joseph's Hospital." I've never heard of St. Joseph's. When did it operate?

I was born in St. Joseph's in 1959. Oddly, 1977, the year it closed was the year I graduated from highschool.
I'm always strangely proud of having been born there, across the river from the Jones and Laughlin steel mill.

Posted by Barbara Bayer on 10/29/2017 at 4:24 AM

Re: “In 1974, a group called the Weather Underground bombed the Gulf Building. Can you shed any light on the reason?

Very good piece. The war in Angola (which in the sixties was the only existing slave nation) and the Weather Underground's (albeit it) radical resistance had a great deal to do with the independence of Portugal from a 48 year oppressive dictatorship of Salazar, which happened in 1974 by "the carnation revolution" named so because someone stuck a red carnation in the barrel of the gun and the overwhelming turn out of all the people forced the government to turn itself over to independence without bloodshed.

Posted by economy on 10/06/2017 at 12:30 AM

Re: “Along Allegheny River Boulevard, there are several closed turn-outs along the road. They appear to be used for some kind of loading maybe. What were they used for?

It was known to be a make out spot since the early 70s. I won't tell you how I know. But not just Gay couples. Lots of heterosexual couples too. Ahhh the good old days

Posted by Babycakes on 09/24/2017 at 11:22 PM

Re: “Lynn Cullen Live - 9/11/17

The community of SC Florida had the best weatherman in Denis Philips of ABC 10 Action News. He had the best coverage and the most accurate down to earth analysis of the storm. He and his team did much better on the Weather Chanel! Our little community of Watersedge in New Port Richey rode out the storm hunkered down. Community members contributed with updates on our FB page from one end of the community to another and we are all safe with little damage. What a storm that was!

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Posted by Julianne F Keaney on 09/11/2017 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh Left: There’s a difference between remembering history and honoring it

Deitch argues that no one would erect a statue to "JFK's killer, Lee Harvey Oswald," to commemorate a pivotal "moment in U.S. history[,]" so why do we still display equally-historical Confederate statues?

Assuming Oswald really was the lone-nut assassin (a huge assumption), one difference exists between him and the Confederates: ruling-class support. Oswald (allegedly) held Marxist beliefs; the states and the feds have never, ever supported Marxism or any other nonmainstream leftist political belief. However, our very mainstream rulers have never, ever had a problem with white supremacy or the exploitation of blacks. The Confederate statues embody the mindset held by Andrew Jackson, Richard Nixon, Donald Trump, and countless others who have run this country since its beginning.

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Posted by David Matthews on 08/27/2017 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Alternatives targets for Donald Trump’s hate instead of the LGBTQ community

So you blame everything on Trump because of Pence? that's your argument? You're an idiot.

Posted by ThisPaperisgoingdownhillfast on 08/02/2017 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Was a widely shared article on global warming “too scary”?

Better begin criminal prosecution for human, env, ecological, econ and scientific accounting fraud by the politicians and corporate criminals committing env crimes against humanity acts of ecocide. www.EndEcocide.org

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Posted by Gordon Chamberlain on 07/21/2017 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Was a widely shared article on global warming “too scary”?

40 years of soft messaging has failed. It's time for some brutal truth and the doom comes with clear action - stop voting for governments that won't act, stop supporting companies that don't care.

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Posted by Andrew Farrell on 07/19/2017 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Sally Wiggin: A positive relationship with animals can lead to natural balance

I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Wiggins and one of her Shepherds at a North Hills dog training class several years back. I brought an extremely strong & boisterous lab, while Ms. Wiggins brought her dog for a "refresher on commands.
As it turned out, the shepherd performed flawlessly in front of the instructor (of course, haha) and I found her to be a sweet and very friendly person.
I agree with her comments and wish her the best in her life.

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Posted by DebS on 06/30/2017 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Sally Wiggin: A positive relationship with animals can lead to natural balance

She seemed to think Michael Vick was an okay guy.

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Posted by David Stash on 06/30/2017 at 6:27 PM
Posted by J Linden Rose on 06/23/2017 at 5:38 PM

Re: “The loss of Pittsburgh’s residency requirement for police officers could have a big impact on improved police-community relations

Well ... get your facts correct... only 20% of pittsburgh residents voted. 80% of those in favor, which means only 16% of the population cared enough to go and vote for the measure- which was an illegal measure taken after the arbitration board had ruled and the city and union were in contract negotiations ( an unfair labor practice )... perhaps if in 2014 the mayor had actually sat down and worked something out instead of blaming ACT 47 all the time, you might not see a huge exodus, as it is...expect that as veteran officers retire, younger officers take the job and live outside the city...expect younger officers on the job to move out quickly and expect within 7 years that 80% of you police department will live in the suburbs

Posted by bikelanes on 05/31/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “The loss of Pittsburgh’s residency requirement for police officers could have a big impact on improved police-community relations

80 percent of city voters? How about only about 7 percent of the city population even voted. And complaints were down with mcclay? Check the homicide rates and drug overdose rates! People don't complain if there is no proactive patrolling!!!!!

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Posted by John Smeltnik on 05/24/2017 at 4:32 PM

Re: “We live in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. What's the difference between a commonwealth and a regular ol' state?

Oh its been over a year since then and still president judge. To hell with common wealth states

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Posted by Jo Jo on 05/14/2017 at 12:17 AM

Re: “We live in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. What's the difference between a commonwealth and a regular ol' state?

I Have lived in New jersey, Connecticut,and Washington state before Pennsylvania. The good and welfare is not for all citizens who live there. Each county makes and changes laws every year to benefit not the common folk . Benefits only the corrupt government from highest to lowest positions. So with that i live in a county and watched for 20 years, little by little, corruption got worse the good for citizens became the good of there corrupt asses Tell me how an addict attorney became sober one day got majority votes became district attorney then majority votes to judge . While judge had a thought first time offenders who had alcohol or drug charges need help not jail .. commendable you would think right ? This judge would be founder of a drug court that anyone thinks is for the good and welfare of the community. . Turned into there guidelines that them and there own profited from. OK WAIT FOR IT. He is now president judge who had a horrible tragedy and lost a son relapsed with cocaine had monitoring ankle bracelet on and is still running drug court and presiding over cases ..

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Posted by Jo Jo on 05/14/2017 at 12:14 AM

Re: “The Monongahela River flows from south to north. How many other rivers do?

-The Saint John's River's crystal springs headwaters originate northwest of Melborne Florida, west of the Atlantic Ocean, in south central Florida. From there the St John's River flows due north around the outskirts of Orlando and continues north to Jacksonville, Florida. South of Uptown Jax the St Johns is over 4 miles wide. As it enters Jacksonville city the river changes direction to due east for about 15 miles, where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean at Mayport, Florida.

-Unlike north-flowing dinky rivers in West Virginia (except for the majestic New River, one of the oldest in the world) the St John's River is a massive and joyous body of North Flowing water. Millions of Florida lovers enjoy using the St Johns during all seasons of the year (except maybe when there's a bad storm during Hurricane Season!)

-The St John's is the FIRST major river discovered in America by European explorers (Spaniards; anyone heard of Prince de Leon and St. Augustine, Florida?).

-Anyway, the St John's River is certainly the most historic and likely most enjoyed north-flowing river in America.

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Posted by D.C. Plyler on 04/28/2017 at 9:13 PM

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