Come Live Over Here — and dealing with our hang-ups

Being of Pittsburgh, PA, USA does come with some hang-ups.

Cultural differences among us and between us and the rest of the world are important. And, the differences are always adjusting in time. Hang-ups to perceptions, to problem solving, to shared thinking, to communication styles need awareness and attention.

Canada, Seattle, Oakland, Austin, Sydney, and the Lehigh Valley are just a few places that are impressively aggressive in quests for new policies as a reaction to new technologies.

Where are we?

The mentality of living in such a corporate town nestled in a powerful nation has allowed us to shrug and assume that someone else is going to be responsible for figuring out what our new-age policies are going to be and just as importantly, how those policies should be implemented.

Who is to say if this is a Pittsburgh and American mentality of the 90s or just ignorance.

Note: This is an article written in the 1990s.

Let's realize the importance of taking a step back and analyze what has already been defined in the past, and at the same time, prepare for changes based on the new environment. We've got to do some serious thinking with complicated give-and-take sharing, now, because Plan B's ledger-sheet of finances is flush. There is no time like the present.

Let's take important step towards making a difference for establishing a more perfect and a more democratic region.

Let's get into the flow and move to the head of the class in the digital, global economy of ideas.

If Pittsburgh and the South Side can keep its balance, and blossom with diversity, and achieve more democratic ways, then some day, those changes can be filtered through to the rest of the world. We, as citizens of Western Pennsylvania, have a great deal to offer. And make no mistake, the most precious gifts to the world are found within ourselves and our presence of mind, body, heart and soul.

About the author 

Mark Rauterkus

Swim, SKWIM and Water Polo coach and publisher in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Executive Director of SKWIM USA, a nonprofit advocate organization and webmaster to the International Swim Coaches Association. Head varsity and middle-school swim coach for The Ellis School. Former candidate for public office on multiple occasions.

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