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  50. Right-to-Know Law Testimony
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  53. Nordenberg Must Resign
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  55. Time for New Leadership Message
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  57. Class-Action Lawsuit?
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  60. Letter to the Editor
  61. Letter to the Editor
  62. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
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  64. A New Paradigm
  65. In Memoriam: Robert "Bob" Casciato
  66. Symbol of Domination
  67. Revised University Impact Aid Proposal
  68. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
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  70. Community Objectives
  71. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  72. City Planning Commission Testimonies
  73. Letter to Chancellor Patrick Gallagher
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  77. End The Shame
  78. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  79. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  80. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  81. Decimation of an Urban Community
  82. Syndicate
  83. 18 Questions
  84. Dishonest Public Position
 
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[HOME]

  1. Introduction
  2. Open Letter to the Board of Trustees
  3. University's Response to Open Letter
  4. Response to University
  5. YouTube Documentary
  6. Preuniversity Settlers
  7. Oakland Bill of Rights
  8. Declaration of Freedom
  9. Problems
  10. Solutions
  11. Actions
  12. UPMC
  13. PITT
    SempleFest
  14. Jul. '09
  15. Aug. '09
  16. Sept. '09
  17. Oct. '09
  18. Origin of SOUL
  19. WPXI - Group talks trash
  20. National Disgrace
  21. Gratitude
  22. Support Letters
  23. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  24. Pittsburgh City Paper
  25. Media - Broken Trust?
  26. Feb. '10
  27. Jun. '10
  28. Done Deal?
  29. Mayor's Reply
  30. Pitt Fireworks
  31. Pitt Fireworks
  32. Pitt Fireworks
  33. Aug. '10
  34. Sep. '10
  35. Letter to Legislators
  36. Letter to Chancellor
  37. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  38. A Call for Compassion
  39. WPXI Coverage
  40. Human Dignity
  41. Letter to the Editor
  42. SempleFest
  43. Request for Apology
  44. The Shame of a University
  45. Firebombs Must End
  46. Call To Action
  47. Fireworks Press Release
  48. Shadow on the Lawn
  49. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article
  50. Right-to-Know Law Testimony
  51. University Impact Aid Law
  52. Proposal University Impact Aid Law
  53. Nordenberg Must Resign
  54. Allegheny County Council Testimony
  55. Time for New Leadership Message
  56. Time for New Leadership Testimony
  57. Class-Action Lawsuit?
  58. Nordenberg Must Resign Paid Message
  59. Time for A New Beginning
  60. Letter to the Editor
  61. Letter to the Editor
  62. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  63. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article
  64. A New Paradigm
  65. In Memoriam: Robert "Bob" Casciato
  66. Symbol of Domination
  67. Revised University Impact Aid Proposal
  68. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  69. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  70. Community Objectives
  71. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  72. City Planning Commission Testimonies
  73. Letter to Chancellor Patrick Gallagher
  74. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  75. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  76. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  77. End The Shame
  78. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  79. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  80. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  81. Decimation of an Urban Community
  82. Syndicate
  83. 18 Questions
  84. Dishonest Public Position

Letter to Legislators

The following letter was sent to Pennsylvania State Legislators on September 13, 2010. They all chose not to respond.

On August 24 I visited your office, which was one of 18 state legislator offices I visited that day, and left a packet of information entitled: A National Disgrace. I hope you had or will have time to peruse it, and that after reading it, will agree that the long-time residents of South Oakland have suffered enough under the leadership of Chancellor Mark Nordenberg. Upon my return to Pittsburgh, I was faced once again with the never-ending and excessive drinking of the university students, which results in the litter and trash problems that plague our community. The attached letter to Councilman Daniel Lavelle discusses that incident and the two solutions of our grassroots movement to ending the problems of litter and trash. Our grassroots movement strongly urges you to support those two solutions.

If action taken again by legislators on our behalf is once more ignored by Chancellor Mark Nordenberg, then our grassroots movement will make the choice to visit the offices of national media organizations.

When I returned from Harrisburg, I was faced with another issue confronting our community - the upcoming Pitt Homecoming Week fireworks display. I will expound on this, but this matter reveals the ever-present insensitivity and lack of caring that the Pitt administration has for our community. Here is my letter to the editor that appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on September 8:

Hold the Fireworks

The University of Pittsburgh's homecoming week revelry will be next month. A fireworks display originating from Mazeroski Field has been a continuing part of past events. How does Pitt get permission to ignite firebombs from that field?

The adjacent city-owned tree-filled hillside and nearby homes could easily catch on fire. Also, there are numerous hospitals in the Oakland neighborhood. Must we wait for a tragic death to occur before university and city officials initiate action to end this misguided activity?
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The experience for my 90+-year-old parents and myself last year was horrifying. Both of my parents were awakened from a deep sleep by the shattering boom of exploding firebombs. The home seemed to shake and the sound of the explosions reverberated through our bodies. If it rattled me, I can only imagine what my parents, who are of advanced age and have weaker constitutions, must have felt. I wrote a letter to Councilman Bruce Kraus expressing concern about the safety and health of the people in our neighborhood, and sent copies of that letter to Chancellor Mark Nordenberg and Chief of Staff G. Reynolds Clark. Chancellor Nordenberg and Chief of Staff Clark chose not to respond.

Only when I wrote a letter to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl about this issue did Mr. Clark respond. Not surprisingly, there was no mention in his letter about the health concerns this event has on my parents and others like them in the community. The attitude of Pitt's top leadership has once again been exposed: their own interests are deemed far more important than the health, safety and well-being of the elderly in our community, as well as others who are negatively impacted by their actions.

We are very grateful that the Pittsburgh City Council is now investigating this issue.

The Pennsylvania State Legislature is far more powerful than the University of Pittsburgh. After you read this attachment, we hope that you will do the right thing, if only because it speaks to general morality and the well-being of good people. Please give your strongest support to our two solutions.

Carlino Giampolo

 

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