Letter to the editor: Pittsburgh was not welcoming

November 30, 2018

I am disappointed in the way our city treated the president and his family on his recent visit.

First and foremost, let us pray for the repose of the 11 souls that were lost Oct. 27, for the swift recovery of the injured, for the family and friends of the fallen who are now left to grieve and come to terms with the tragic nature of their loved one’s life, for the first responders, for our community in its healing, and for our country.

What happened was horrific and heartwrenching. There are few words impactful enough to describe the heinous act, the pain it has caused and the ripple effects still to come. Yes, there is righteous anger and our right to protest. But for all the signs and talk of “Love not Hate” and “All Are Welcome Here,” the denouncement of vitriol, and references to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood -- the refusal of our city leaders to meet with President Trump and the words on many protestors’ signs signaled the opposite. More hate was spewed. We did not “welcome” our president and his family, display “love not hate” or treat them with basic courtesy. I doubt that Mister Rogers would have done the same.

As difficult as it is, we all need to look in the mirror.

Teresa Barber

Mt. Lebanon

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