Laurels & lances: Bell, booze, big bucks, Nike and nature |

Laurels & lances: Bell, booze, big bucks, Nike and nature


Lance: To Le’Veon Bell and his “heavy” workload that has kept him from practice.

So you don’t show up the day after Labor Day (irony, right?) because you’re afraid your boss is going to work you too hard? Every day, people with jobs that don’t carry multimillion-dollar paychecks have to punch in and do their eight (or more) hours without complaints about how hard the work is or what it might mean for their ability to work for the next person to hire them.

Laurel: In joining the popular distillery trend, West Overton Village is taking a proper, historical approach. Even as a new copper still is installed, recipes are considered and tours are planned, the site’s emphasis will remain on its history.

CEO Jessica Kadie-Barclay notes that the distillery will be “an educational facility,” and the whiskey a museum “by-product.”

“We are not here to make a million-dollar distillery,” she says.

Sharing the village’s story as a whole, and including whiskey distillation among its industrial and manufacturing history, remains, as it should, West Overton’s priority.

Lance: To Harrison Township. Officials are coughing up $100 an hour for a consultant to work as the township’s interim manager. That’s right, $100 an hour. That’s more than some chief executives and surgeons make. While this is a part-time gig of no more than 20 hours a week, it’s hard to ignore the steep price tag. If the interim manager were to work on a full-time basis, he’d be making more than $200,000 a year. That’s simply unacceptable for a municipality the size of Harrison. The township is expected to hire a permanent manager to begin work in the fall. Township residents ought to keep an eye on the judicious use of their money.

Lance: To the people posting videos of the burning of Nike products. Angry with Nike? Donate the items to charity.

On the watch list: Mother Nature. She certainly has thrown a wrench into the region’s school year. Here’s hoping the extreme temperatures and early dismissals are just about over.

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