A struggling region's cheerleaders are hiding bankrupt eyesores and empty storefronts with upbeat banners, slapping paint on anything less active than the Pirates' offense, shackling struggling businesses, and ignoring realistic discussion of the community's problems.
The authorities have stiffarmed protesters attempting to work within the system, which seems counterproductive because it will divert resources better directed toward mayhem-minded dissidents and also will diminish public support for the authorities.
Forget the silly Chamber of Commerce press kits and the anarchists' bombast: For an explanation of this situation, turn to a lyric from a local artist (with a hand from an out-of-towner who is more Pittsburgher than anyone associated with
There's a code of silence that we don't dare speakAs people are turning preparation into positions they will try to defend downtown, Joe Grushecky and Bruce Springsteen contribute a message about the value of demolishing walls with song #8 on Pittsburgh's G20 soundtrack (and Infinonyvision, center column):
There's a wall between and the river's deep
We keep pretending that there's nothing wrong
But there's a code of silence and it can't go on
Code of Silence.
Joe, a local treasure, is to perform at a Clean Energy Jobs rally on Wednesday at Point State Park, beginning at 6 p.m. His original Iron City Houserockers will offer the best $10 show you will see this year at the Altar Bar on December 12.