Money vs. health

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“Cabaret” the musical is being revived on Broadway. One of the more memorable tunes that has always stuck in my mind has the line “Money makes the world go around.” Whenever I hear or see our Allegheny County executive, Rich Fitzgerald, I can hear that tune being played over his comments regarding issues that drastically affect people. Whether it’s drilling for gas regionally and now under our parks or not truly enforcing the level of pollution from our local coal producers, the priority is always the money and jobs these entities will produce.

What about our health? What good are jobs if your breathing is compromised? There is no way Mr. Fitzgerald can remain objective when he accepted money from these energy producers to back his campaign. I was very impressed with the research efforts and the “no” vote of Allegheny County Council member Heather Heidelbaugh regarding fracking under Deer Lakes Park.

I worked diligently as a Democrat for numerous politicians before I retired from working in the City-County Building in 2009. I wrote and took photos and sent them to then-County Executive Dan Onorato of the extremely unsanitary, moldy, smelly bathrooms we employees had to contend with on a daily basis. 

Only recently have they finally redone the men’s room for the Department of Records employees. I attended union meetings with these same grievances. We were sent over a janitor with a mop. The mindset of those in control was never for the benefit of the employees. You can bet the bathrooms of those officials had secured doors and no leaking ceilings or mold.

As Pittsburgh tries to grow economically and attract new businesses, remember that we need more than a bucket and mop to sustain a healthy environment! I’m a very disgruntled former Democrat.


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