Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
On the “Watch List”:
• Anthony Hamlet. Will the incoming superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools soon be the outgoing superintendent? Not only was he forced to defend several questionable metrics used to bolster his resume that countered others, it appears that Mr. Hamlet cribbed from other sources — most notably a Washington Post editorial — in expounding “his” educational philosophy. It also appears that Hamlet lifted his mantra about being a “transformational leader” from Wikipedia and BusinessDictionary.com. This raises serious questions about Hamlet’s fitness for the post and the vetting process that brought him to Pittsburgh. Next!
• Pittsburgh police. Its union is up in arms over a proposed arbitration award that would see salaries rise in excess of 5 percent through 2019 and force police to pay less than a quarter of their health insurance premiums. Yes, additionally losing seven of 10 annual “personal” days is a tough pill to swallow. But, all in all, and in this day and age, this deal is not unfair.
• Westinghouse Electric. On the surface, it sounds like a great deal — the legendary company will build six nuclear reactors in India. It’s a contract that could be worth $30 billion and lead to more jobs worldwide, Pittsburgh included. But questions abound about financing. And that means Westinghouse shouldn’t be counting its reactor windfall until it’s hatched.