Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mayor Peduto's Criticism of Uber Is Foolish

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mayor Peduto's Criticism of Uber Is Foolish

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto must be out of his mind to criticize Uber's CEO for serving on President Donald Trump's business advisory council ("Peduto Jabs Uber Over Trump Connection, JFK Airport Fare Slashing," Jan. 31).

Uber applied for and was granted, as in many cities, a business operations license. Uber later decided to launch an advanced technology center also in Pittsburgh. For Mr. Peduto to attempt to strong-arm a company toadhere to his political beliefs and nuances is simply ridiculous and very stupid. Uber can easily create its technology center in numerous business-friendly technology-enriched cities.

Mr. Peduto obviously is so blinded by party politics that his ability to provide the necessary leadershipPittsburgh wants and deserves is greatly compromised. I'm confident that future voters will rectify thismistake very soon.

MARTY KAPLAN

Upper St. Clair

A boiling pot

The Trump immigration ban aimed at Muslims from some countries will likely make America more unsafe in the long term. America has been and is described around the world as a melting pot. President Donald Trump issues tweets that communicate divisiveness and hatred in no uncertain terms. Does this provide some short-term "feel good" moments for Mr. Trump and his supporters?

In the long term, with the angry tweets, appointments of people with little or no experience (like Stephen Bannon in the National Security Council), policies that would divide our citizenry in so many ways -race, religion, the color of our skin and national origin -this great nation could become a boiling pot from a melting pot. Xenophobia is not new in the history of our country. It is time to remember the Chinese Exclusion Act, targeting of blacks by the KKK, incarceration of Japanese-Americans and Operation Wetback, aimed at deporting Mexicans, and see if targeting Muslims is the right way to combat terrorism.

It is time for cooler heads to prevail and to think and develop a longer-term strategy to build bridges and strategic partnerships with other nations that will make Americans safe here at home and abroad in the years ahead.

PRADEEP FULAY

Marshall

Homegrown terror

Immigration ban. Really? This will keep us safe? There is a one in 3.6 billion chance of being killed by a refugee each year, according to the Cato Institute, and there are typically 18 to 24 months of screening before Syrian refugees are admitted to the U.S.

As a senior citizen, I am more fearful of "homegrown hate" in the despicable forms of alt-right, domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and Dylann Roof, white supremacist and mass murderer of nine at a historic Charleston. S.C., church in 2015. I will take my chances with a vetted refugee anytime.

Compassion for vulnerable refugees, most of whom are women and children, lifts us all. Open your minds and your hearts as you would if these were your own loved ones seeking safety. …

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