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Greensburg Laurels & Lances

Tribune-Review
| Thursday, November 20, 2014 8:55 p.m

On the “Watch List”:

• Scanning prison inmates. The ongoing problem of Westmoreland County Prison inmates smuggling drugs and tobacco within their body cavities has prompted a request to purchase a $200,000 X-ray scanner. But before the county sets up screening, a review is in order of how other prisons handle this problem, which likely isn’t unique to Westmoreland.

• Westmoreland County employee retirements. From senior managers to rank-and-file workers, this year’s retirements (134 county employees as of Tuesday) have set a new record. And that’s an opportunity, not only for finding so-called “new talent” but for effecting better efficiencies in county departments. Let’s see some savings.

• Southmoreland High School. In remarks to the school board, the sister of a student who suffered a broken jaw in an alleged assault by a classmate described a culture of sex, drugs and violence at the school. Her comments have since been rebutted by other students, who say that’s “not our reality.” Should parents be concerned? Minimally, they deserve a candid explanation from district officials of what is the “reality.”

Lance: To Jeannette’s fire box thief. We’ve seen lunkheads steal street signs and even manhole covers in different locales. But a fire box? That’s an intolerable disregard for the public’s safety. Here’s to catching the culprit pronto.

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