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Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

| Thursday, May 26, 2016 8:21 p.m

An exhortation: The Memorial Day weekend is upon us. And, suddenly, so, too, is summer-like weather. We’ll all engage in all manner of outdoor activity — between the forecasted raindrops, that is. But, please, take far more than a fleeting moment to pause and reflect on Memorial Day’s solemnity. Reverently remember those who gave their last full measure in defense of American liberty. And fly that flag.

Laurel: To Barbara Baker. The head of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium made the most wonderful matter-of-fact statement against those supporting a city ordinance that effectively would ban circuses from the city because of supposed animal abuse: “None of the speakers in favor of this ordinance have any expertise in actually working with wild exotic animals.” Boom. The zoo and the National Aviary would be exempt from the shortsighted ordinance. And that gives Ms. Baker’s statement even more weight.

Lance: To being asleep at the switch: Quotes by Hitler, Stalin and ISIS were published in the 2016 Quaker Valley High School yearbook. The district has apologized for the mistake. But it issued this odd rationale for it: “Though the content of the quotes was reviewed, the attribution clearly was not.” Which means more than a few overseers were wearing blinders and that, in the least, Quaker Valley’s history curriculum is suspect.

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