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Compassion for the deserving

| Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Letter writer Bob Jedrzejewski (“Trayvon, Tim & politics,” Aug. 25) is typical of those whose politics lean left — assassinate someone's character rather than discuss issues.

This man does not personally know me or letter writer Kathleen Bollinger (“Obama squirming,” Aug. 11), whom he also called out in his letter. To accuse either of us of not being compassionate illustrates his shortcomings.

Until he has had a loved one murdered by young punks, as I have — one of my best friends and a member of my singing group was bludgeoned to death in her Arnold home — then he cannot speak to my compassion for those who have experienced this kind of tragedy. I lived it.

My agenda isn't political; its about safety.

And as for Ms. Bollinger and me having what he called “access” to air our views in the VND, I can assure you that Mr. Jedrzejewski's political views published in this paper outnumber ours 100-to-1.

He should think about remaining silent for a change.

Pat Condelli

New Kensington

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