Beaver County Times Allegheny Times - Moving toward '1984' The latest indication that George Orwell's '1984' has come to fruition occurred at the recent Downtown rally for the Pittsburgh Penguins at which Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato thanked 'King' Mario Lemieux for working to keep the team in Pittsburgh.With his presence, let's see. What would we do. Live with more freedom. Live with more propserity. Live with more people. Live with better neighborhoods. Live with minor league hockey.
What a guy, that Mario. He was 'gracious' enough to be willing to take the $450 million in public money that was showered upon him to support his violence-based sport, the 'regional asset' that trumps arts and culture.
We are not able to get the General Assembly to come together for a plan to provide long-promised property tax reform/relief after decades of exhaustive study and debate, but let a professional sports team's presence in this state become endangered, and state, county and local governments will mobilize to ask the team owner how high they (and we, those who pay the freight) need to jump.
I join Onorato in saying, 'Thank you and bless you, King Mario, for gracing southwestern Pennsylvania with your presence for at least another 30 years and for taking our money.' What would we do without you?
Monday, April 16, 2007
Letter to the editor in Beaver Times from Oren M. Spiegler, Upper Saint Clair: