Kennywood officials want apology from legislators for disparaging Spanish owners

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2008 9:27 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Kennywood Park officials are demanding that three state legislators apologize or be censured for comments made on the House floor Monday about the new Spanish owners of the. The comments allegedly came during debate for a bill that would eliminate local amusement park specific taxes, which Kennywood feels are unfairly levied by West Mifflin.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008 11:23 AM
eightdotthree's avatar I saw this on the news last night. It sounds like they are trying to tax Kennywood more and using the excuse that they are foreign owned now and they shouldn't receive special treatment. While I am all for no special treatment, I don't believe they should be punished for being the only source of tax revenue in that area.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 12:03 PM
janfrederick's avatar Reminds me of the tax collector in the movie Popeye.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 1:03 PM
Jeff's avatar What a bunch of assholes. Suddenly they change their tone because the owner changed? Either it's an unfair tax or it isn't. And it isn't.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 1:17 PM
Sounds like typical Pittsburgh/western PA talk. Anything from beyond the Allegheny mountains is evil and must be hated. Usually they reserve their most virulent hate for Philadelphia sports teams.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 1:24 PM
kpjb's avatar Huh?? Maybe the Flyers, but that's only because Cleveland doesn't have a team.

I like how the one politician is against this because Spain withdrew troops from Iraq. That's like blaming Burger King for Guantanamo.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 1:37 PM
eightdotthree's avatar lol. Its great how irrational the people running our country are.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 4:35 PM
Jeff's avatar Wow, I wrote that wrong. This is an unfair tax. It should be abolished.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 5:33 PM
As long we are talking politics I want more Guantanamo's.

Seriously really this is stupid, the tax is unfair. I am sure some of the steel mills in town are foreign owned.
*** This post was edited by MagnumsRevenge 6/25/2008 5:55:10 PM ***

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 5:43 PM
eightdotthree's avatar There is only one steel mill left and its US Steel, supposedly the largest domestic manufacturer.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 8:02 PM
There are many steel mills in operation, but the 3 largest are US Steel owned. Some are partnered with overseas companies, but most are still domestic owned.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 9:42 PM
eightdotthree's avatar Where the heck are they cause I only ever see one! Pittsburgh as "steel town" is something the city struggles with.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 10:17 PM
kpjb's avatar Edgar Thompson in Braddock, Clairton Coke Works in Clairton, Mon Valley Works in Dravosburg are all USS facilities.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 10:44 PM
And yet I still wonder why so many foreigners have a bad image of Americans . . . *rolls eyes*

I think it's time to wrap up all this xenophobia in our country. We were the ones who spearheaded free trade, we were the ones who allowed our dollar to devalue until it was on par with lint. Of course foreign-owned corporations are going to try and buy American assets in that kind of situation. That doesn't make them evil, only intelligent. (At least they still seem to think American assets are worth buying.)

Thursday, June 26, 2008 2:58 AM
CoasterDiscern's avatar Someone took a leak in that guys fruit loops in the morning.
Thursday, June 26, 2008 1:04 PM
MidwavePC's avatar As long as a long secure future is what will become of the sale, I don't care who owns Kennywood.

If this means we'll have Kennywood Season Passes, and combo passes, in 2009, I'm all for it!

Thursday, June 26, 2008 2:33 PM
kpjb: true, and you don't have an NBA team-- some would wonder about an NL team too. :) So what does Paul Alexander think of Parques Reunidos buying Kennywood?

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