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Your call for tough love smacks of partisan shortsightedness (“Don’t reward Murphy,” Editorial, Dec. 11).

Many Pittsburghers, both Republican and Democrat, dislike the current mayor’s policies and past decisions. Nevertheless, Pittsburgh is running out of money, leaving the city with two remedies: reducing spending and raising revenue.

These choices are not mutually exclusive, nor should they be.

Selective reductions in nonessential services coupled with a modest increase in certain taxes (like the occupational privilege tax, which, had it been adjusted for inflation, would now be approximately $49, instead of $10 annually) is the responsible solution to Pittsburgh’s financial woes.

By encouraging the Legislature in its attempt to eliminate one of Pittsburgh’s corrective opportunities to spite Mayor Tom Murphy, you hinder the recovery of your beloved city.

Thomas D. Goslin III
Silver Spring, Md.

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