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Laurel: To Aspinwall. The borough issued $25 citations Wednesday to 78 property owners who failed to remove the snow from their sidewalks. Good for them. This is a necessary public safety/responsibility issue. We hope the borough keeps in mind there are those, either because of age or illness, who cannot comply. Here's to good neighbors lending a helping shovel and a smattering of snow and ice melt.

Lance: To municipalities that don't enforce snow-removal ordinances. Most cities and boroughs have laws requiring snow removal, but enforcement generally ranges from spotty to nonexistent. For the protection of their citizens, these communities should take heed of Aspinwall's example.

An observation: For some inexplicable reason, more than a few homeowners in more than a few communities think it perfectly acceptable to shovel their driveway and sidewalk snow into the street. It's not. And it's not simply ignorance but dangerous stupidity. For if the hazard they create causes an accident, well, they can and should be held liable.

Congrats: To the Arnold Council. We would've bet money the city's 25-percent tax increase was the highest in the state. We would've lost. The city of Wilkes-Barre nosed out Arnold by a mere percentage point, jacking up its taxes by 26 percent. The Arnold folks should feel free to pass on the “We're No. 2!” cheers.

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