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Cede Dimitri to Philly

| Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006

What is one to make of Dimitri Vassilaros' column " Give Philadelphia to New Jersey " (Feb.19 and TribLIVE.com)• He recommends ceding the city to New Jersey because of Philly's liberal voting record.

It may have been only a half-serious suggestion, in which case it amounts to pandering to the anti-Philly bias in Western Pennsylvania.

I am pretty sure Dimitri has taken a stand once or twice against politicians pandering to the masses, so that seems hypocritical.

Or maybe he is sincere in calling for a massive government solution. But wait, that would be anti-libertarian, and that would make Dimitri a LINO, Libertarian In Name Only. That seems hypocritical, too.

I do, however, see a solution. Having spent roughly the first two-thirds of my life in Philadelphia and these past 15 years in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area, I think I have some valid thoughts to share.

First, both populations have locked in Democrats to run their cities, resulting in state-financed bailouts for both. The difference here is that Philadelphia doesn't suffer from the same degree of drastic flight to greener pastures.

Second, both cities tend to be provincial, preferring to support "one of their own" in spite of evidence it may not be in their best interests. See Gov. Ed Rendell or former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy for real-life examples.

And third, both cities are in the stranglehold of liberal print media, with the Trib being a notable exception.

So the solution is clear. We should cede Dimitri to Philadelphia. That would be addition by subtraction for Western Pennsylvania.

Jim Lanzelotti Penn Township

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