ShareThis Page
Greensburg Laurels & Lances |

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

| Friday, November 19, 2010 12:00 a.m

On the “Watch List”: Jeannette Council members. It’s not entirely reassuring that the city’s preliminary 2011 budget toes the line on taxes. Certainly not after this year’s supposed “balanced” budget came up more than $430,000 short. Yes, Jeannette’s leaders are now working with outside consultants to shore up the city’s finances. But fiscal optimism for the distressed city is in short supply.

Lance: To “cash cow” school renovations. At a recently renovated Hempfield elementary school, where the district paid an additional $8,500 for smoke detectors — which should have been included in the original job plans but weren’t — comes a $7,500 bill for new gutters to mitigate water damage. And how did a suitable gutter design fall through the cracks when the project was mapped out• There’s nothing like having a big, fat public purse to tap even after the project is supposedly completed.

Lance: To those who spread hate. Spewing racial epithets in spray-painted graffiti is bad enough. Doing so on the front of the First Antioch Baptist Church in Greensburg is an atrocity. Any community that turns a blind eye to such injurious invectives invites more. That’s resolve enough to catch the paint-happy miscreants.

Two observations:

• Brandon G. Behie, 25, will serve five to 15 years in prison for a car wreck in Ligonier Township that killed a Somerset County teen. But the nightmare that faces Mr. Behie, who authorities said was legally intoxicated behind the wheel, will be a life sentence. “If only the public could learn from this,” remarked Judge Rita Hathaway. Sadly, most people don’t.

• In support of union members of Excela Health Frick Hospital, who have rejected a three-year contract, Mt. Pleasant Mayor Gerald Lucia said the borough would send a letter to hospital management. Among workers’ gripes is that long-term staffers, who now get free medical prescriptions through the hospital, were asked to pay 25 percent of that cost. Horrors! To whom will the mayor write if Excela Health deems that the unions’ demands prohibit the continuation of cost-effective hospital operations?

Categories: News
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.