Greensburg Tuesday takes
Easy money: The case of a Greensburg woman allegedly scammed out of $3,500 by a con artist pretending to be an IRS agent is an indictment of a tax system that thrives on people’s ignorance. To wit: The victim wouldn’t have been fooled if the income tax code weren’t a maze of confusion. That’s underscored by the fact that this scam has pulled in an estimated $14 million since October 2013, authorities say. Of course, the thuggish perception of the IRS, worsened by recent scandals, doesn’t help.
Picture this: An investigation involving up to a dozen Penn-Trafford High School students confirms that “sexting” nude or partially nude photos is a continuing problem among young people. Except now kids are treating the photos like trading cards, says police Chief John Otto. Never mind the damage done by these images, which are not so easily removed from the Internet. Do parents who pay their children’s cellphone bills know what their kids are exchanging?
Better attuned to the public?: Ligonier Township’s enlarged Board of Supervisors (from three members to five) is up to its ears in its first hot topic: a new zoning ordinance and map regulating Marcellus shale drilling in the township. But do more “ears” mean that supervisors are listening more closely to residents’ concerns and will incorporate them? An elusive resolution to this thorny issue suggests otherwise. Bigger is not better government. Stay tuned.