Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes
Told ya so: In Last Friday’s “Laurels & Lances,” we chided Jadrian Race “Toochy” Wade for refusing to testify against the men who allegedly shot him in August in New Kensington and predicted he’d be back in the news someday. Someday turned out to be the very next day. An unknown gunman shot Wade Saturday night outside a New Kensington convenience store and, thus far, he’s survived. Wonder if he’ll cooperate with police this time.
Taxing times: In the year-end rush to finalize their budgets, most of our municipalities are holding the line on taxes and East Deer is actually cutting its real estate tax rate. But once again missing from the annual deliberations is any talk of cross-border cooperative agreements on common expenses. If more locales did so, tax reductions more likely wouldn’t be the exception.
It’s contagious: Allegheny County health officials report a marked rise in whooping cough cases this year. As of Nov. 30, 140 cases of what’s also known as pertussis have been recorded. The 10-year average for the same period is 66 cases. Thus, it’s a good time to consider getting the appropriate vaccination. And as health officials also remind, it’s a good reason to keep your sneezes contained and to wash, wash, wash those hands.