Lance: To better living through bigger government. After a push by “concerned citizens” to add two supervisors in Ligonier Township — supposedly to improve efficiency — the township has hired a new manager, Terry Carcella, 59, of Unity, for $61,000. And he says he needs an administrative assistant. So in this sleepy town where public services are few and there’s not enough work for three supervisors (a former supervisor and an ex-employee had time enough to dawdle their days away), there will be two more supervisors plus a handsomely paid manager and an assistant. And the return on investment? Don’t count on any from this unbridled excursion through residents’ wallets.
Lance: To the federal school food police. Fundraisers like bake sales conducted on school grounds during school hours now must meet more healthful federal guidelines. But when whole-wheat brownies don’t sell as well as the traditional variety, don’t count on Washington’s calorie cops or their state apologists to compensate for lost sales.
On the “Watch List”: Connellsville’s referendum. Voters this fall will be asked whether the city should “disband the paid fire force in favor of having fire protection services performed by volunteers.” This, at a time when many volunteer fire departments are struggling just to keep their doors open. With the future of firefighting in flux, this is hardly the time to increase the city’s reliance on volunteers.