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Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

| Thursday, April 25, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Lance: To Bill Peduto. The Democrat Pittsburgh mayoral hopeful has chosen to go negative with his second TV campaign commercial, slapping fellow Democrat and race leader Jack Wagner. Worse, the ad totally misrepresents the content of several Trib stories, either used as a visual that has nothing to do with the commercial's narration or erroneously cited to support several points. That's what “leaders” don't do.

Lance: To the Peduto campaign. It raises the art of campaign weasel-wording to new heights in defending the ad's gross misrepresentations. That's what bush-league campaigns do. And it can only make us wonder if such campaign dishonesty would carry over into a Peduto administration. If such warped liberties are taken in a campaign ad, what warped liberties will be taken in the mayor's office?

Lance: To Veterans Affairs. At the very same time that vets were being sickened and dying at Pittsburgh-area VA hospitals because of a failure to properly test and maintain water systems for Legionella bacteria, the top local VA official and her regional director were given bonuses of nearly $13,000 and more than $15,000, respectively. The VA has no shame.

Lance: To the American Lung Association. It continues to slander Greater Pittsburgh as having some of the nation's worst air pollution. That's because it continues to employ a bogus measuring methodology. It would be comical if the scientific malpractice weren't so egregious. (Perhaps VisitPittsburgh could justify its executives' high salaries by suing the association for defamation.)

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