The Aug. 22 editorial "Pathetic GOP -- Pittsburgh's Republican Party Needs a Revival" is like wailing at the car mechanic for a frozen engine after failing to add oil when the low-oil light has been beaming brightly for years.
Generalities always have exceptions and speaking in generalities always brings out the exceptions. That being said, in general Republicans are humanitarians who expect results. People looking for results voted with their feet, leaving behind the people who have passion and lots of emotions but are willing to accept lower results.
The people left behind pretend to be asleep and vote over and over again for the same party that delivers a city into bankruptcy. Just in case you don't get it -- one prominent Democrat elected official once said, "We hope more Republicans leave; it makes it easier to elect Democrats."
Yes, this elected official believes in diversity, campaigns for results, but governs to maintain his monopoly of power with lots of passion and emotion but few results. During each campaign, voters are told there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Just beware that if the rest of the state gets tired of subsidizing failure, the light will be discovered to be a freight train. Until then, don't yell at the mechanic because of the misused vehicle. Pittsburghers don't deserve a Republican Party. You can't wake up Pittsburghers pretending to be sleeping until they are hit by a freight train. Ask Detroit!
The writer was the Republican candidate for Allegheny County controller in 2011.