Greensburg Tuesday takes |

Greensburg Tuesday takes

Substance over party: Even in Westmoreland’s Democrat strongholds, in a county where Dems hold a 2-to-1 registration advantage over Republicans, almost all GOP candidates in state and federal elections last week thumped the majority party. Obviously the old party “lever,” now a tab on computerized voting machines, isn’t working like it used to. Voters clearly are looking beyond party affiliation at what the candidates bring to the public’s table. Here’s hoping the same scrutiny will apply, where it’s certainly warranted, in next year’s county elections.

Oh deer: The deer-in-the-headlights season has been particularly punishing for motorists locally and statewide, according to PennDOT. But sometimes there’s no way to avoid striking what some folks at this time of year refer to as “four-legged devils.” Extra attention behind the wheel is especially warranted at dawn and dusk.

Blowing in the wind: Fayette County Democrat commissioners Vincent Zapotosky and Vincent Vicites have approved a zoning amendment that turns a deaf ear to noise pollution from wind turbines. The amendment increases the allowable noise emission from the turbines. It’s not exactly “green” energy when its generation clearly and adversely diminishes the lives of those who must live with it.

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