City of optimism

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Political corruption hurts. When elected officials betray the faith and trust of the electorate, they not only break the law, they undermine the fabric of democracy.

While attending the inauguration of our city’s newly elected mayor, Bill Peduto, I felt a swell of optimism fill the heart of the crowd. Pittsburgh has been my adopted home for 30 years. It is the city where I chose to build a career, to raise my children, to make a life. Like many Pittsburghers, I was deeply saddened and disillusioned by the heavy-handed politics of the outgoing administration.

But a new day is upon us, a time to seize the opportunity to start anew. I was inspired by the mayor’s reminder “we did not only inherit this city from our forebears. We are also borrowing it from our children.”

Yes, Mayor Peduto, I agree! We owe it to future generations to look forward.

Our city has so very much going for it. It is time to put the past behind us and, in the words of our mayor “live in the present tense with our eyes fixed on tomorrow.”

MARIAN ALLEN
Point Breeze


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