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Greensburg Laurels & Lances

| Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Lance: To the wrong Monsour Medical Center solution. It's proposed that $1 million in state funding be secured for Jeannette, presumably to raze the condemned hospital and develop the former Jeannette Glass plant. That would require the county or state to take ownership of the deteriorating medical center. And the public should simply pay the tab for what's been dumped in its lap?

Why haven't the hospital's ex-administrators been called before officials to publicly account for what they abandoned? By what means did they achieve protective invisibility? This is no solution. It's a misbegotten surrender.

Lance: To reason-defying regulation. It's bad enough that the state Department of Environmental Protection wants to change the scope of a Hempfield flood-control project, boosting the tab by more than $2 million, to protect some spineless water species. But the aquatic habitats that the DEP demands likely would create breeding pools for mosquitoes. In matters environmental, the well-being of people comes first.

On the “Watch List”: Roadmaster reason. A $30,000 deal with Unity's supervisors settles their back overtime pay as roadmasters, but it brings up a far more significant issue. Namely, the administrative disconnect when township supervisors, elected to manage their municipality, also serve as employees eligible for lucrative overtime pay while effectively “supervising” themselves. “Roadmasters” had their place in an earlier era. It's time for Unity's supervisors to join the 21st century.

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