Luke Ravenstahl's tweets aren't helping his image

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I was confused the other morning. I suspected that the PG included a narrative of the comic escapades of Hank Ketcham's long-running comic strip "Dennis the Menace" as the lead front-page story. The plot is a repetitive theme of misdoings followed by ill-attempted apologetic behavior.

Consider the parallels to Pittsburgh's own Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and the reasoning behind my initial reaction becomes crystal clear.

The mayor has taken to Twitter, a medium best used to announce the location of a food truck, to promote the accomplishments of his tenure ("Mayor Tweets of Work From Off-Site," Oct. 23). To be certain that his constituents are fully informed, he'll also rely on Facebook postings, a preferred communication tool for high school students.

As difficult as it is to believe, he is now actually contributing to bolstering his own already tarnished legacy. His behavior continues to be self-serving and immature. The fact that he has collected a paycheck since virtually disappearing in March is shameful.

Luke Ravenstahl will be remembered as the mayor who celebrated his birthday at a resort while the city struggled to recover from the worst snowfall in years, the mayor who crashed a U.S. Open party to meet Tiger Woods, the mayor who used Homeland Security transportation to attend a concert and, more recently, the mayor who tweeted about a budget meeting when he was actually at a country club -- on a Tuesday afternoon during regular business hours.

Pittsburgh deserves better.

TRACEY TAYLOR PERLES
Upper St. Clair


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