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Government as Grandma

| Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

So, Carlino Giampolo says in his column “A new paradigm for Oakland” that Mayor-elect Bill Peduto's status “will not be determined by the number of jobs created or the amount of revenue raised, but by the quality and quantity of the caring and love he gives to this community in the name of ending injustices.”

How cute: Government as Grandma. How fitting for the baby talk that now takes the place of public discourse and for the nanny state we have become.

Mr. Giampolo needs a civics lesson, and fast. There may very well be a need for more caring and love in this community, but that has absolutely nothing to do with government. Look to family, friends, church, and if you have none of those; look to counseling, but don't saddle the mayor's office with the generation of love and caring when it's lucky it can clear snow. As for ending injustices, that's what laws and the judicial branch are for.

I long for the day when those in any branch of government at any level will look at the mess they have created somewhere (Pittsburgh Public Schools and the August Wilson Center come to mind) and say, “We've really screwed this up; it's not what we do well, so we're getting out of it.” That's the caring I'm looking for.

Bob Simeone

Shadyside

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