As a young Pittsburgh area Republican, it's difficult for me to grasp the one-party rule in our city. A Post-Gazette editorial last month stated the need for a two-party system, which would provide a "competition of ideas" ("Pathetic GOP: Pittsburgh's Republican Party Needs a Revival," Aug. 22). I agree.
In response to the letter "GOP Lacks Empathy" (Sept. 1), I can agree that some national GOP leaders have lacked empathy, at least in their rhetoric. For example, when speaking on health care, most GOP officials are continually repeating "repeal, repeal, repeal!" I'm not an Obamacare fan. It's been unpopular for quite some time now. But we need a better alternative to a real problem.
Pittsburgh, a city with incredible and exciting potential, is in need of new ideas. Rethinking the Republican brand while sticking to some core principles could be the key for a Pittsburgh Republican revival (of some sort). Taking a closer look at city tax policy, crime (especially in business districts like the South Side), transportation innovation, education policy and more could benefit Pittsburgh and offer fresh ideas to a stale institution.
Hundreds of thousands of residents have left the city of Pittsburgh over the past four decades. We need to bring them (and more) back. Big job creators, such as PNC and UPMC, need a free-market environment, not lawsuits over taxes.
Just graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, I'm confident that I'll someday see Pittsburghers vote for change. I'm not an "evil conservative," just a Republican offering a different route for a better Pittsburgh.