Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Important Voices

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Important Voices

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Regarding a recent commentary by Val DiGiorgio, the chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, about those of us who are protesting the Trump agenda and our local representatives' support of that agenda ("Crybaby Politics," March 21 Perspectives):

I would like to introduce Mr. DiGiorgio to my 81-year-old mother who forgoes the comfort of her recliner to stand in the street every week, often in the cold, to protest the co-opting of our democracy by the current administration and its local advocates, Sen. Pat Toomey and Rep. Tim Murphy.

My mother buried a husband when she was 34 years old, raised three children alone and is a 25-year veteran of the New York City School system.

I dare the chairman to call my mother a crybaby to her face. Or the nurse who worries what will happen to her most vulnerable patients if the American Health Care Act is enacted; or the cancer survivor who worries that low-income women will not have access to cancer screenings if Planned Parenthood is defunded; or my husband, who is worried about whether he will be able to keep his business open if our health care costs go up tens of thousands of dollars (we insure in the individual market for ourselves and one employee and his family) as they are projected to under the GOP plan. …

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