Citizen lawmaker: Ms. Smith goes to Grant Street: "Theresa Smith has spent years working to improve her city and her Westwood neighborhood, always from outside the government looking in."Well, that isn't true.
Theresa worked for Pittsburgh Public Schools as one of five directors of a PERC, Parent Education Resource Center. The PPS budget is larger than that of the City's budget. So, she wasn't in city government, she was a government employee in a neighborhood.
The experience issue here is that the P-G, as journalist and news reporters, doesn't get it right.
Theresa was also experienced by helping Dan Deasy's campaign in his quest to become a State Rep.
Sure, there has been countless hours as a volunteer. Sure, she has been tireless. But she is no novice.
Sadly, the P-G editorial board folks are just too far out of touch. I don't care about their opinions. But, I do care that they weave them from facts and awareness. I wish they'd work to get out of the bubble in the bottom of the "Main Stream Media" river.
Well wishes are fine. But, just as it is going to take more than Grant Street to solve the problems of the city, it is also going to take 'watchdogs' of the fourth estate to be better clued into the reality of our landscapes. The P-G needs to help too. Too often it has been on the wrong side in the struggles of bettering our city.
My statement on the day after the special election win of Theresa Smith.
(Updated from 9:30 am.)