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Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Laurel: To the Armstrong School Board. The board stood up to labor-union pressure and opened its $55 million junior-senior high school project for bidding without a project labor agreement. A PLA would've guaranteed the project would go to a union contractor. This decision allows all contractors — union and non-union, to compete for the bid. This should allow the project to be completed on time and within budget.

On the “Watch List”: The North Apollo VFD. The department apparently can't raise enough money to survive and firefighters want the borough Council to impose an $80 annual fee on every household to help. Not long ago, we heard how the VFDs in Apollo were having financial problems. How about these departments work together to find cost savings before sticking their hands in the taxpayers' pockets.

An observation: Can it get any worse for Steeler fans — Baltimore and New England playing for the AFC Championship? A Ravens win means an arch-nemesis gets a trip to the Super Bowl and we'll have to listen to two weeks of Ray Lewis hype. We're gagging already. A Patriots win means Tom Brady and Bill Belichick get a chance to tie Terry Bradshaw's and Chuck Noll's record for Super Bowl wins.

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