Pittsburgh Tuesday takes
Can this team save itself?: The 6-4 Steelers are looking for redemption next Monday night when they visit the 2-7 Tennessee Titans. Pittsburgh embarrassed itself mightily in Sunday’s 20-13 loss in New York against the now 2-8 Jets. The game was not as close as the score. The Steelers were, in a word, pathetic. And you know it’s a weird season when the Cleveland Browns stand atop of the AFC North. But the key to Pittsburgh saving itself is as basic as executing the fundamentals.
Fitz’s Jeep lapse: Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald finds himself in a sticky wicket of his own making. Chelsa Wagner, the county controller and oftentimes Mr. Fitzgerald’s chief antagonist, has documented the ACE’s use of his county vehicle to attend political functions. Fitz defends use of the Jeep, saying he often conducts county business there. That’s no defense. And neither is the fact that the Jeep is seven years old; it’s still a public resource being used improperly. Not only should Fitzgerald stop the practice, he should reimburse the county for politicking on the public dime.
A call for vigilance: Another week, another allegation of the public trust being violated. Baldwin Borough’s Patrick J. Gorman, 78, has been charged with diverting and spending more than $40,000 from veterans groups in Baldwin and Brentwood. How many more such alleged incidents must occur before groups institute tighter financial controls?