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Greensburg Laurels & Lances

| Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Lance: To gun-owner ignorance. It defies comprehension that anyone would leave a loaded gun in a purse within reach of a Luzerne Township 2-year-old. State police say the child found the weapon and shot himself in the face. The boy has been hospitalized. No charges have been filed in what police called a “tragic accident” — one that was entirely preventable. Responsible gun owners practice safety first and that means keeping firearms secured.

Laurel (with a caveat): To synchronizing traffic lights. Anyone who has ever traveled Route 22 in Westmoreland County knows the frustration of progressing from one red traffic light to the next. Now Murrysville Council, after meeting with PennDOT officials, has approved a contract for maintenance and modification of traffic lights, which one local official said have been malfunctioning for about a decade. Wasted fuel, wasted time. Here's hoping it won't take another decade to update traffic-light timing on other major thoroughfares in the county — most notably, along Route 30.

On the “Watch List”: The Derry Borough Council shake-up. Three councilors have submitted their resignations, reportedly because of changes in council leadership and committee assignments. There's been plenty of grousing and finger-pointing as of late. While council members don't have to like each other, they are expected to work in the public's interest. We trust incoming members will keep that in mind.

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