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Greensburg Laurels & Lances

| Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

On the “Watch List”:

• Jeannette's fiscal plight. It's bad enough that city fathers in their disconnected wisdom allowed top police salaries to balloon over the years to well more than twice the city's median income of $30,575 while Jeannette's population dropped. Now unable to reach a contract settlement, the city and its police are headed toward arbitration, which Jeannette Solicitor Scott Avolio says could be a “budget crusher.” Especially when arbitration typically favors unions.

• Fayette's continuing airport authority mess. After the detail-bereft furlough of airport manager Mary Fast and the resignation of board member Terry Shallenberger, Fayette's two Democrat commissioners don't appear to be terribly concerned. They have announced a replacement for Mr. Shallenberger and trust that the authority's board will meet aviation requirements. But at least two board members have expressed worries about maintaining day-to-day operations of the Joseph A. Hardy/Connellsville Airport. This unfolding situation deserves more than an autopilot response.

Laurel: To Westmoreland County Sheriff Jon Held. With gun applications up dramatically in the county, along with residents' questions, Mr. Held conducted a public forum Wednesday to address residents' gun rights. Given the hyperbole from gun grabbers and their media acolytes, a calm, fact-based discussion about guns and citizens' Second Amendment rights is refreshing. And overdue.

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