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Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes

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| Monday, November 24, 2014 9:00 p.m

Bad timing. Just in time for the start of the holiday shopping season, Tarentum has a portion of one of its busiest downtown roads closed. It’s for good reason: A four-story-high brick facade is loose and could collapse. But this town doesn’t have a good track record of getting crumbling buildings taken care of in a timely fashion. We assume the building owner is working on getting this fixed as quickly as possible, as that problem surely is affecting nearby businesses as well.

Rethinking college. Sure, a four-year-college degree is great. But our economy has changed dramatically and we’re hearing an increasingly louder call for people with “marketable skills.” Translation: There are more high-paying jobs for people who can make things. Welders, machinists, construction workers — these jobs pay good wages and usually require only an associate’s degree. We need to make sure today’s students are studying for the jobs of tomorrow.

Tax grab. It’s going to take a lot of explaining to convince anyone that Springdale Council isn’t simply using the library tax to line its own coffers. What a coincidence that the amount of money the tax is expected to raise in the borough is just about the same amount the library — for the first time ever — could have to pay in rent to the borough.

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