November 1, 2019
Vince Vicites: the reason R&R
Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but an explanation for some newer
readers that this Rants&Raves blog did not start out covering
county government news or writing editorial opinion on
government or local politics.
This whole site, prior to Fayette County Commissioner Vince
Vicites and a second former male commissioner laughing and
making a horribly sexist comment in a public meeting, focused on
We were quite content anchoring a place for published fiction
marketed across the ocean, organizing this editor's series of
Pittsburgh rock music and entertainment articles, a few fluff articles
published at the Trib and some other things.
Yep, prior to Vicites and a second male commissioner making that
horribly shocking sexist comment in a public meeting,
Rants&Raves was content with writing about other things than
politics. Getting the amazing toy exchange program started for non-
verbal toddlers with Autism, assisted by the kindness of by-chance
strangers who became friends, from Canada and 9-11 firemen
from NYC, occupied a lot of space in our hearts and time.
Rants&Raves' attention quickly turned political when Vicites and
another male commissioner shook and giggled like altar boys knee
deep into the communion wine, and laughed their silly immature
asses off in front of television cameras recording the public
Barely able to get out the horrifying words through their pitiful
laughter, they said that they met privately on the wrong side of the
Sunshine Law for business, without notifying a female
commissioner on a key county issue because "we were busy
talking about sports!"
In those days, local cable television stations recorded and
broadcast county commission meetings. A second viewing or
rebroadcast of Vicites' outlandish public display of sexual
discrimination was in order. A second painful viewing confirmed
those nasty words really did come from their mouths.
How any woman could vote for Vicites has since been a complete
mystery around here.
Dave Lohr: big red flag, liability
As for Fayette County Commissioner Dave Lohr seeking re-election
for a second term, Rants&Raves notes that some of Vicites' long-
time Democrat friends are reaching out to their Dem friends to vote
next week for Lohr.
Of the four candidates on next Tuesday's ballot for county
commissioner, Lohr most deserves to lose.
Voters and other candidates should have questioned Lohr's bizarre,
recklessly foolish contact to a major drug company involved in huge
opioid settlement negotiations with top lawyers for different
Was Lohr trying to get Fay money sooner or trying to blow a deal
by offering to settle for less if paid sooner? It's a safe assumption to
make that those top settlement lawyers working on the county's
behalf did not ask an insurance man for legal direction, clarification
on or guidance with the matter.
Lohr actively double-teamed with Vicites to keep an audit from the
public and out of the hands of a third commissioner and, like
Vicites, disregards the Sunshine Law by holding unadvertised
county budget planning meetings to continue to exclude a female
commissioner and the public from participating.
For those convinced that Rants&Raves just doesn't respect or like
Lohr because he, too, kicked a female commissioner to the curb,
we set the record straight.
Rants&Raves' disrespect for Lohr has absolutely nothing to do with
politics. It has everything to do with a retarded man, about 80
This editor's was the voice on the other end of a phone when Lohr
years back called a human service agency to demand that a
retarded man's phone be removed from him to stop him from calling
someone Lohr knew.
Lohr's friend some time earlier had expressed interest in having the
retarded man move into her home, under a "family living" program
similar to foster care for adults. It was perfectly fine if Lohr's friend
changed her mind. The retarded man had other options and
needed to have Lohr's person talk to him respectfully to say she no
longer wished to be a family living provider and share her home
The agitated bully Lohr on the phone calling into the social service
agency that day probably didn't like the answer he got.
Lohr, however, really should have had enough common sense to
have known that the right thing to do was not to call social services
to demand that the rights of a disabled person be violated by
yanking his phone.
The right thing to do was to have treated the retarded man with the
respect and courtesy that he deserved with a brief, honest call to
him to lower the boom and then clearly define any restrictions
Lohr's friend wanted -- i.e., whether the man could ever call his
supposed friend again, and if so, exactly how often and any
restrictions she wanted for times of day, which day(s), etc.
How anyone can vote for Lohr has since been another mystery
around here as well.