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On the “Watch List”: The West Newton/CSX railroad crossing. An entire neighborhood was cut off in September when the only road into it was blocked for 10 hours because of a freight train accident. This isn’t a matter of inconvenience. At issue is the public’s safety. Here’s hoping a Nov. 11 meeting between the borough and railroad officials will find a way around this problem.

Lance: To Fayette County election workers. As elections go, Tuesday’s was pretty straightforward. Yet voting machines were incorrectly programmed in two precincts, resulting in 27 voters casting ballots for the wrong state representative. It’s an inexcusable embarrassment.

Lance: To the New Stanton dog dumper. With all the animal-rescue resources locally available, there is no excuse for abandoning a 10-month-old Lab-collie mix, which was found emaciated in a garbage bag. In addition, state police said Nicole L. Baker, 50, of Hempfield, withheld the dog’s food for about six weeks. This is sickening. What’s alleged extends beyond animal cruelty.

Congratulations: To all the winners in Tuesday’s state elections. Savor the victory because come January, the work begins. Those returning to or entering the state House for the first time had better roll up their sleeves. Pennsylvanians cannot afford, and certainly should not tolerate, another two years of idle prattle on major issues like pension reform.


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