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Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, 8:53 p.m.

Sense & seniors' taxes: Unity supervisors are proceeding with a plan that could lower taxes for “seniors” (still undefined), starting with a property owners survey. The question unanswered is why should this beneficence be bestowed on so-called “fixed-income” residents when the financial wherewithal of many younger homeowners is no less fixed? And if this tax consideration shifts Unity's age demographic, who's going to pay the township's bills? Favoring one group over another is a quick trip to a predictable pitfall.

The Bovard decision: The Hempfield Area School board's 7-2 vote to close Bovard Elementary School, though hardly surprising, will either fade into the obscurity of prior board actions or come back to bite school directors if the “fit” projected for schools receiving Bovard students fails to work out. The population around Bovard is increasing, school proponents say. Time will tell whether this was a logical move based on reasonable conclusions or a costly mistake, especially if the elementary school has to be reopened at some future date.

Fine 'em: Since some folks can't drive around the diamond in Ligonier without tearing up the grass and/or damaging underground utilities, it's been suggested that the borough junk up this greenery with strategically placed boulders. Here's a better idea: Install a video camera and post a fine of $250 or more for cars and trucks that fail to negotiate the ample roadway around the diamond. But don't ruin one of the most beautiful spots in Westmoreland County.

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