Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

CUTTING EDGE [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

CUTTING EDGE [Derived Headline]

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THE STRUGGLING ROMNEYS

Alec MacGillis in The New Republic thinks Ann Romney might not be the asset to her husband's campaign that she's cracked up to be. For instance, Mrs. Romney recalled at the GOP convention last week how she and Mitt "got married and moved into a basement apartment" and "ate a lot of pasta and tuna" to get through college -- just like many struggling students. Mr. MacGillis recalls how she described the situation back in 1994:

Neither one of us had a job, because Mitt had enough of an investment from stock that we could sell off a little at a time. The stock came from Mitt's father. When he took over American Motors, the stock was worth nothing. But he invested Mitt's birthday money year to year -- it wasn't much, a few thousand, but he put it into American Motors because he believed in himself. Five years later, stock that had been $6 a share was $96 and Mitt cashed it in so we could live and pay for education.

Mr. MacGillis explained: "One blogger did the math and figured out that stocks that were worth a 'few thousand' dollars when bought but had gone up by a factor of 16 meant that the young couple was getting by by 'chipping away at' assets of $60,000 (about $377,000 today)."

A HINT OF MITT

In the Atlantic Wire: "Marc Tracy in The New Republic on Chris Christie with a Mitt lens: Political parties remake themselves into their frontrunners, and that happened with Christie's speech ... where a combination of personal ambition and falling-in-line made for a speech that was 'muddled, corked like a bad wine.' Christie stayed on script to follow the Republican talking points, but he also rarely mentioned Romney's name. 'It was as though you had taken an Instagram of the New Jersey governor and then hit the "Mitt" tint,' Tracy writes."

GREEN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE

Pittsburgh councilman Bill Peduto in an emailed newsletter says "greening" infrastructure could significantly reduce the $2 billion- plus price tag for stopping the overflow of sewage into our rivers during heavy rains:

"The rivalries with our neighbors to the north and east -- Cleveland and Philadelphia -- tend to revolve around sports, but I think we need some healthy competition on a new issue: green infrastructure. …

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