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Greensburg Laurels & Lances

| Thursday, November 19, 2015 8:55 p.m.

Laurel: To the Greensburg YMCA. The $1 million-plus it spent on its 102-year-old building amounts to more than just a rehab; it’s an investment in the Y’s continued presence in the city. Here’s hoping that investment will pay dividends for both the Y and the city.

On the “Watch List”:

• The future of public school budgets. Even the mention of legislation that would subject school budgets to public referendums is drawing all-too-predictable criticism from local school boards. Pennsylvanians deserve a meaningful say in the taxes they pay. And if school directors are uncomfortable with that, they shouldn’t be serving — period.

• The waterworks deal. Whether selling the Ligonier Township municipal authority is in the best interests of residents depends on the value of water authority’s assets and whatever “deal” the township gets, presumably from the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County. Nothing ventured, nothing gained — so long as ratepayers are kept in the loop.

An observation: It’s not surprising that Dirk Matson, co-chairman of Westmoreland’s drug overdose task force, says this year is “out of control,” with drug-related deaths on pace to rise about 50 percent in 2015. If you still think illegal drug dealing isn’t in your community or isn’t your problem, think again.

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