Vegas East?: The latest game of chance introduced in a state House bill would allow the sale of 50/50 raffle tickets at Pittsburgh International Airport, with half the proceeds going to the Allegheny County Airport Authority Charitable Foundation. The foundation's services, including a designated comfort room for U.S. soldiers, are all well and good. But with all the gambling proposals percolating in Harrisburg these days, is the erstwhile Steel City going to become known as Vegas East?
Lock it down: The problem with big-spending federal infrastructure programs, as suggested by President Trump, is that the money usually is politically directed — not necessarily spent where it's most needed. The case for continuing repairs on the lock-and-dam facilities along the lower Monongahela River couldn't be more clear. As it is, the project is more than a decade behind schedule. We urge Mr. Trump to get off the dime and push for the nearly $50 million needed to continue repairs.
Aiding delinquency: In a “pretty please” to delinquent property owners to clean up their mess, Jeannette is considering a pilot program that would provide grants of $2,000 toward the cost of demolition. So, the tendency to tap taxpayers to clean up others' messes — the Monsour Medical Center, the Jeannette Glass plant — should be institutionalized, albeit on a smaller scale? How about putting lawmakers to work to enact legislation that toughens the wet-noodle penalties for delinquent property owners? And stop enabling them.