Well, the G-20 summit 2009 in Pittsburgh is now history. The entire two days were very interesting to say the least. Overall the protesters were generally calm and peaceful with the exception of a few. I read how the large group of fine officers from pretty much everywhere were able to keep the peace. It was relatively calm and uneventful, thanks to them. I even read a thank you to the people of Pittsburgh for their kind understanding, which does not surprise me because, in general, that's what Pittsburghers are all about, respect and kindness.
I did not, however, see any mention of the fine folks who made this whole G-20 summit possible: those men and women of the city Public Works Department who worked extremely hard to prepare our great city for this event and who had the great task of cleaning up the city after the event. Because they went the extra mile to get our city ready for leaders from all over the world, the leaders saw our city at its finest. When you see these fine workers, take a moment and thank them for a job well done.
Also let us not forget our local government, which also made this thing possible and made it go off pretty darn smoothly. Let's thank Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato as well as City Council.
Last but not least we should thank President Obama for picking our home as the home of the 2009 G-20 summit. History was made here in Pittsburgh, a city with a rich history and a city we should all be proud to be living in.
HOWARD (JOE) BROWN