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Laurel: To Lisa Yauger of Trafford. Rather than turn a blind eye to drug activity in her hometown, she met the problem directly in an appeal to borough council: “My choice is to run out of here with my tail between my legs or stay and fight for the town where I want to raise my family,” she said.

As a result of her plea and letters she presented from 25 neighbors, council intends to investigate various options to curb crime.

Mayor Mary Dobos says Trafford needs more people “to come forward and take back our town.” Many, however, are intimidated by criminal activity and reluctant to call police when they see something suspicious.

This brave soul stood up before borough council to make her case. That’s exemplary.

Lance: To the Franklin Regional School District. An audit identified multiple cases in which staff salaries and benefits were either greater or less than they should be under collective bargaining agreements for nearly every employee group. The audit also uncovered errors in maintaining payroll documents. The mistakes are being corrected, we’re told.

At issue is a basic administrative function; it’s not rocket science. Board President Deborah Good called it correctly: “The lack of procedures is embarrassing as is the lack of records for a district of this nature.”

It’s also inexcusable.

On the Lance Watch List: Scottdale Borough Council. Emergency responders brought to council a legitimate concern: The potential for confusion caused by two similarly named streets — Park Street and Park Avenue. Changing a street’s name or how the houses on it are numbered could open “a great big can of worms,” as council President Thomas Ermine says. No doubt. But those entrusted to lead occasionally have to apply the can opener.

For now, council has decided to keep the names of both streets. The question is, how do residents feel about this• And do they accept the risk if an ambulance or firetruck is sent to the wrong address•

Seems to us that some further review is warranted.

Laurel: To readers who took the time to call or write about the Tribune-Review’s new look. Some offered praise, others were critical, but all cared enough about their hometown newspaper to comment — sometimes in depth — on the changes. Those calls already have resulted in some tweaking of the new design.

The project’s aim was to make the newspaper easier to navigate, while freshening its appearance. It’s the newspaper’s first major redesign since 1987.

We’ll never please everyone. But it’s pleasing to know that our readers care so much about their newspaper.

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