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Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes

| Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 8:51 p.m.

A redder Westmoreland: The days when voting in Westmoreland County meant simply pulling the Democratic Party lever are over, as evidenced by last week's Republican romp. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney claimed more than 60 percent of the county's vote. All four of the county's incumbent Republican state lawmakers breezed to re-election. Like the antiquated voting-machine lever, the Democratic Party draw — except in New Kensington and Arnold — just isn't what it used to be.

The cart and the horse: Widewaters Group, Burrell Plaza owner, says it's trying to redevelop the commercial site in the heart of Lower Burrell. Largely vacant since 2005, the dilapidated structures stifle interest in the site but Widewaters says it doesn't want to spend the money to renovate without a tenant lined up. City and state officials are trying to market the parcel but Widewaters is the owner — it needs to lead the horse.

Government logic: The Social Security Administration is cutting hours at many of its locations, including New Kensington. It seems too many people are coming in for help, causing employees to fall behind on their paperwork and increasing overtime labor costs. We're waiting to hear that Wal-Mart is cutting back hours because its stores are too busy.

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