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May the DA step in for justice in the Miles case

As the father of three teen boys I deplore the Pontius Pilate-like hand-washing by the U.S. Department of Justice in the case of Jordan Miles. It is my hope that the district attorney of Allegheny County will show no such timidity.

It is not in dispute that Mr. Miles was severely beaten by officers of the city of Pittsburgh police. Irrespective of the rights and wrongs of his case there is no doubt that Mr. Miles suffered serious injury at the hands of those sworn to uphold our laws, and he deserves the right to see the perpetrators of these acts indicted and brought before the courts so that a jury may adjudicate the merits of his case.

The rules and ways of the majority must be seen to be applied fairly and equally across the spectrum of our society if we are ever to achieve the goal that liberty and justice applies to all.

PETER J. COUNIHAN, M.D.
Fox Chapel


Untrue mailer

On Monday, I received Doug Shields' negative (and false) campaign mailer regarding Hugh McGough, the front-runner for the district judge race in the East End. The mailer's claim that Mr. Shields is the only candidate who intends to serve full time if elected is not merely a disgusting campaign tactic, it is wrong.

Hugh McGough is running for district judge and will serve admirably in that position full time when elected. Mr. Shields has no basis for his claim, and it is disappointing, to say the least, to see him resort to such measures.

Unlike Mr. Shields, Hugh McGough is clearly qualified for the position, having nearly 20 years' experience in the courtroom as a lawyer and judicial clerk. Furthermore, Hugh McGough is the endorsed Democratic candidate for the position of magisterial district judge for District 05-2-35 in the East End and has earned my vote.

DOUGLAS RABUZZI
Point Breeze

The writer is a member of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, 14th Ward.


Negative Shields

I am so disheartened by Doug Shields' move to go negative in his race against Hugh McGough for judge of the magisterial district court of the 14th Ward. What Mr. Shields is claiming is flat out not true. He says Mr. McGough is planning to work part time while taking a full-time salary. This is just wrong. What can Mr. Shields be thinking?

Here's an example of Mr. McGough's character. I was asking him what he thought I should say to my neighbor to persuade her to vote for him. "Should I tell her that Shields is not an attorney?" I asked, and he said, "No, let's focus on the positive qualities I have, not the negatives of Mr. Shields." This was before he saw Mr. Shields' mailing.

BECKY BURGWIN
Squirrel Hill


Best for the job

The Post-Gazette's endorsement of Valerie McDonald Roberts for county controller ("Roberts for the Dems," May 5) is reminiscent of last year's endorsements of Tom Corbett for governor and Tim Murphy for Congress. In each of those cases, the endorsement included admission that the other candidate was right on most of the major issues, but the PG seemed to have arbitrarily and capriciously selected its endorsed candidate.

To be fair, Valerie McDonald Roberts is not an objectionable candidate, as Murphy and Corbett were. I've met Valerie on a few occasions and I don't question her commitment to public service or her experience. She has successfully run for office in the past, and I respect her service.

But endorsements should be about comparing the candidates' attributes and visions for the job, and on that basis, Chelsa Wagner has no real competition in this race. As a business leader, I see the job of controller as a person I count on to contribute to our success; not just to be the bookkeeper-in-chief.

Allegheny County needs Chelsa Wagner's energy and insight to improve the ways we raise and manage money. If our only concern is auditing county spending, as the PG endorsement suggests, Allegheny County should save some money and eliminate the office. We can find an accountant to audit the books.

Chelsa Wagner will be an advocate for the residents of Allegheny County and will bring new energy and innovative thinking to the job. That's what we need.

RITCHIE TABACHNICK
Mount Washington


GOP theatrics

I was at Heinz Hall for the Pittsburgh Speakers' Series debate between Karl Rove and Dr. Howard Dean. Mr. Rove personified for me the intransigence of the Republican Party. Dr. Dean posited the issues, for he was the first to speak. Mr. Rove responded, and the last speaker tends to leave the lasting impression.

After Dr. Dean spoke, Mr. Rove liked to respond pontifically, "Howard Dean is wrong about that!" I wanted to ask Karl Rove, "Are you stating a truth, or are you offering an opinion?"

After Mr. Rove stated forcefully that Dr. Dean was wrong for supporting President Barack Obama's stimulus plan, I wanted to say there are respected economists who agreed with what the Obama administration did. In a recessionary environment, it is the government that can stimulate the economy through infrastructure projects, not private enterprise.

It is interesting to me that Republicans feign concern about the deficit when it is they who created it by spending more than a trillion dollars on two wars that were sold to the American people as a mere walk in the park where we would be greeted with flowers of appreciation!

When I studied Economics 101, I was taught that the root cause of inflation is the government spending more money than it has. Down the road -- not tomorrow, not next month, not next year -- our country is going to experience dramatic inflation as a result of the flawed policies of the Bush-Cheney administration. It is we middle-class people whose modest gains the Republicans are trying to remove assiduously from us who will pay the cost of that inflation.

CONROY D. GUYER
Greensburg


Boorish Trump

I feel Donald Trump owes President Barack Obama a big apology. Unfortunately, Mr. Trump doesn't have the manners to do so. Sad.

DORIS ROBERTSON
West Deer


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