The Thursday wrap
Finally common sense will replace the commonwealth’s convoluted law governing beer sales. Starting Jan. 17, customers will be allowed to buy beer in any retail quantity they want. It’s among revamps to Pennsylvania’s Prohibition-era liquor and beer laws, which have been evolving toward improved customer service and convenience. Still, piecemeal tweaks haven’t supplanted the case for comprehensive liquor privatization. … The Everyday Cafe in Homewood is a barometer of sorts that should measure the turnaround in one of Pittsburgh’s poorest, most crime-prone neighborhoods. What’s abundantly evident is the faith and commitment from the people behind this endeavor. Here’s to a future date at which a grand celebration should mark the cafe’s first anniversary. … An increase in problematic passengers aboard Westmoreland County transit buses has led to the announced installation of onboard cameras and a pending passenger conduct policy. In these situations the policy must be clear: Any unruly passengers who disregard a driver’s explicit order should be removed and cited by police. … There’s cold comfort in news from the Unity Township Municipal Authority that rates will remain unchanged next year. This, after monthly rates shot up in 2015 (from about $39 to $50 for residential customers), all of which was blamed on the financial missteps of the authority’s previous board. Another rate increase this soon would have gone nuclear with residential ratepayers.