Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes
Hooray!: The long nightmare faced by Alle-Kiski Valley commuters has ended. Route 28 has reopened to and from the City of Pittsburgh after a five-year reconstruction project. That means it took an unbelievable 50 years for 28 to become a true expressway between the city and Kittanning. More good news — the project came in at about 11 percent under its $120 million budget.
Going “silent”: Police dispatchers in New Kensington, Arnold, Lower Burrell and Upper Burrell went silent during a test of a new encryption program that blocks law-enforcement radio transmissions in “scanner land,” as one local police chief put it. Aside from transparency concerns, communities also should consider the full cost — not just for a one-time encryption but for continuous upgrades. What’s the point if advances in consumer technology defeat the encryptions? And at a time when police are decrying the lack of citizen help in solving crimes, do they really want to shut out the large scanner community?
Do not forget: Six executives of insurance giant Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network received more than $1 million in total compensation in 2013. Remember that when your insurance premiums go up and you open your next hospital bill.