Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Shopping in Pittsburgh Won't Be the Same

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Shopping in Pittsburgh Won't Be the Same

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My heart sank as I read that the Downtown Macy's store will be closing ("Macy's Plans Exit from Downtown," July 14). My family has been traveling to Pittsburgh to shop this store (since it was Kaufmann's) for the past 40 years. We have not missed a black Friday at this store in more than 30 years.

The history and the ambiance of a true department store is slipping away from our country, and it is very sad. I personally have always hated the big box stores and the malls. They do not have the special feeling that these grand stores had.

Children will not have the joy any more of seeing Santa there or the unveiling of the magnificent window displays on Light Up Night.

JOE GEPPERT

Erie, Pa.

Health and safety

Pittsburgh Councilman Corey O'Connor is right: Having paid sick days is a public health issue ("O'Connor to Introduce Bill for Paid Sick Leave," July 6). We need people to be able to stay home when they or someone they're caring for is sick.

It's important for employees who work in restaurants, medical facilities, schools and grocery stores - and even the owners of such businesses - to stay home and not spread illness among their co- workers, customers, patients, etc.

I work at a brewery and, aside from the image of me sneezing and coughing around your delicious beer, I work around dangerous chemicals, climb ladders and carry heavy sacks of grain, just to name a few regular duties. Having the wherewithal to be constantly alert to safety, not to mention the massive scale of detail when brewing beer, is not something I can manage when feeling under the weather. This sentiment extends to my co-workers - I would prefer that they not get me sick or be of fuzzy mind when handling corrosive chemicals in my presence.

To me it's common sense that it's smarter to pay an employee to stay home when he or she is ill, rather than to suffer through both that employee's decreased productivity and the loss of worker hours among the rest of the employees due to the employee's contagion.

Way to go, Councilman O'Connor! Thanks for standing up for the residents of this city and doing the right thing.

GARTH DELLINGER

Highland Park

Beyond sick workers

At the introduction of his paid sick days bill, Councilman Corey O'Connor joked that we want fries on our salad, not the flu. …

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