Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
Point of order: Pittsburgh City Council is discussing reducing the outrageous 50 percent parking tax to 45 percent in 2007. But Alco Parking Corp. President Merrill Stabile says it would be difficult to cut parking rates because expenses keep rising. But if a tax is cut and the collector of that tax keeps the money, it is not, as Mr. Stabile contends, a “rate freeze”; it is a backdoor parking rate increase. If the parking tax indeed is cut, that should be reflected in Alco’s rates. If Alco concludes it must raise rates, it should attempt to do so through the front door.
Lance: To Kilbuck officials. The more history that is unearthed about the topography of the old Dixmont Hospital and the proposed new Wal-Mart site, the sillier officials look for shucking their own rules to approve the project. Landslides now have been documented into the 1800s. What’s that line again about failing to learn the lessons of history?
Lance: To US Airways. The airline continues to pursue an unsolicited $8.6 billion takeover of Delta Airlines. And at the same time, it continues to play Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Charlotte against one another to cough up taxpayer dollars for a new flight operations center. And suckers that “leaders” in each locale are, they’re playing the game. If US Airways can afford to splurge on a mega-merger deal, it can pay for its own flight-ops center.
On the “Watch List”: The Mt. Lebanon school district. The latest departure is William Addy, the human resources director. And it appears, by all actions, that Lebo is going through something of a shake-up. And it all comes on the heels of secret dealings, lawsuits, charges and countercharges. If this keeps up, perhaps the district should rename the street on which its administration offices are based — from Horsman Drive to Peyton Place.
Deerâ¢ What about the turkeys? Speaking of Mt. Lebanon, the municipality is debating what to do about its growing deer population. While U.S. Department of Agriculture census estimates — 90 deer in six square miles — strike us as quite low, nobody seems to be talking about Lebo’s other infiltration: turkeys. They’re everywhere. There’s even an anecdotal account of one turkey “attacking” a mailman. ‘Tis the season, if you catch our drift.
Congratulations: To Mary Beth Buchanan. The U.S. attorney for Western Pennsylvania has been named acting director of the federal Office on Violence Against Woman. Mrs. Buchanan, 43, will continue in her current role. Our heartiest congratulations.
A contrarian observation: Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher says he’s not a candidate for the North Carolina State head coaching job. At this stage of a 4-7 season, some might say he’s not a candidate for the Steelers’ head coaching job.