Government wisdom: 'Signs' of the times
Published: Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, 9:08 p.m.
Armstrong County receives funding from fees charged to Marcellus shale drillers by the state. Ostensibly, the funds are collected in payment for potential damages and other costs incurred because of the drilling.
So, Kittanning collects $30,000 from what the county gets in Marcellus Legacy Funds for street sign design — part of which seems so far to be a not-too-detailed plan to change traffic patterns in Kittanning.
Kittanning traffic is not all that complicated.
It's not like the patterns have not been changed before. At one point traffic entering town from the bridge over the Allegheny River had to turn right or left and could not go directly up Market Street.
We would like nothing more than to see Kittanning's downtown area brought back to economic health. And nothing would be better than to get more of the borough's streets repaired.
As for bikeways, we don't see many commuters bicycling about as it is.
The question is, what does any of this have to do with Marcellus shale drilling and its negative impacts?
Government can really be a mystery.
More to the point: Would redesigning traffic flow in Kittanning using government money — however it is collected — do anything to encourage retailers to open shops in town?
It's not likely.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- The Thursday wrap
- More ObamaCare fallout: Medicare disadvantage
- Anti-fracking scandal: More junk ‘science’
- Alle-Kiski Tuesday Takes
- Pittsburgh Tuesday takes
- ‘Merit selection’ for judges? No thank you
- The coming holidays: Get out & enjoy
- Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances
- Saturday essay: Taylor’s trains
- Sunday pops
- Dear Steelers: Perhaps “postseason” is but a quaint notion after all. Yours, Old Man River.