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Election day and a flashback to a campaign from 19 years ago

Facebook statements from Mark Rauterkus

Posted on Facebook

Tuesday, June 2, 2020, was a Pennsylvania Primary Election Day. Nineteen years ago, I was on the ballot -- in Pittsburgh running for MAYOR.

My running mate, the guy who won that primary, used to repeat a line, "Pittsburgh has a dirty little secret." He would then go on and talk about the poor race relations in the city.

When it was my turn to speak, I'd flat out disagree. "Naw. Get out! "Dirty," of course. "Little," -- hell no."

We talked a lot, as much as we could, on our soapboxes about race relations in Pittsburgh and how we'd govern differently. Meanwhile, Tom Murphy was in the mayor's office, and I knew we needed to make serious, systemic changes within our city. Called an idealist and quixotic.

I've not seen James Carmine in a long while. What's up?

On election day, the riot police were on our block on the South Side while hundreds marched in protest. They moved from Market Square to the County Jail to the 10th Street Bridge and up Carson, past where we vote, at the Market House. Then the assembly went back across the bridge.

They were making sure that the story of two different cities -- and more like two different lifestyle situations -- are completely visible. No secrets. Not little.

Be safe.

The event was peaceful on the South Side. I didn't hear of any broken windows. Nothing bad. It was moving.

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Meanwhile, notice that EZ Boy Chair, with upholstery, trash, sitting on the left on the sidewalk? That's funny too. It's "illegal" thanks to the legacy of completely ineffective legislation from the our district's existing City Councilman. Can't put furniture with upholstery on the sidewalk cause the Mountaineers might win big football game, or a riot might seek some kindling.

Oh, and the park, that green patch on the right, without its basketball hoops and swings for the kids, and closed rest rooms too -- is in need of new light stand as the other fell down due to rust a couple of weeks ago when some high winds came. Don't get me started on the parks.

Obit: Margaretmary Zoffel

Margaretmary R. Zoffel

On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, Margaretmary Zoffel of Allison Park (formerly of Penn Hills) passed away peacefully at the Passavant Senior Living Community of Zelienople, Pa., at the age of 85.  Beloved wife of the late George I. Zoffel.  Loving mother of Michael (Lisa) Zoffel, Kathryn Zoffel (Cuong Doan), Donald (Lorianne) Zoffel, Georganne Z. Taylor, Anne Z. (Keith) Kohler, Susan Z. Toth, Joseph (Stephanie) Zoffel and MaryLou Z. (Paul) Nix.  Margaretmary was blessed with 15 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren whom she loved very much.  Sister of Leo (Audrey) Rauterkus and was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Margaret Rauterkus and brothers Joseph and David.  Margaretmary was a Registered Dietician and graduate of Seton Hill College.  At Seton Hill College she met her lifelong friends, celebrating over 60 years of friendship and bridge playing.  She enjoyed reading, being with family, camping and riding bikes.  She was an active member of Club Julian.  She led a life of service to others, volunteering at St. Alexis Parish in Wexford, the Northland Library and various other charities, sharing her talents, happiness and smile with others.  Friends will be received Monday, October 7, 2019 from 2-4 & 6-8pm at the George A. Thoma Funeral Home, Inc. 10418 Perry Hwy., Wexford, Pa 15090.   A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 10am in St. Alexis Parish, Wexford.  Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers please donate a pint of blood or monetary donation to the Red Cross.

Family of four
Margaretmary and Leo
With Grandma too
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