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Greensburg Tuesday takes

Tribune-Review
| Monday, November 3, 2014 9:00 p.m

The ATV tragedy: The death of a Meyersdale girl, 4, killed when the ATV on which she was riding rolled over at a Somerset County railroad crossing, begs questions, not the least of which is what the victim, along with three other children, ages 1, 3 and 9, were doing on a Polaris 500 driven by a 14-year-old girl. State law prohibits operators under the age of 16 on ATVs, except on property owned or leased by a parent or guardian, among other stipulations. These aren’t toys; children should be supervised at all times.

Coming down: A $1 million state grant is the final piece to a plan to raze the deteriorating Monsour Medical Center and clean up the Route 30 site in Jeannette. But as the book closes on the cost of the building’s cleanup, too many other Monsour-like monstrosities, large and small, dot the landscape. It shouldn’t take years (in this case, nearly a decade) to clean up these sites. And property owners — not taxpayers — should pay.

Change of leadership: While two Fayette County commissioners have moved on from a scuttled $32 million prison proposal, Commissioner Al Ambrosini has not. And beating that dead horse has cost him. Residents called for his removal as board chairman because of his insistence on the unrealistic plan. So commissioners Vince Zapotosky and Angela Zimmerlink voted for a reorganization, naming Mr. Zapotosky as chairman. We trust this will move the board forward toward a practical plan for Fayette’s prison needs.

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