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Thursday, April 18, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Lance: To Monessen's “artist colony.” A Trib investigation into the city's plan to reinvent itself found that a New York attorney, hired at $3,000 per month to shepherd this project, is more than $43 million in debt, stemming in part from his own real estate dealings. So much for Monessen's due diligence. Yet still it's suggested that this boondoggle in the making should move forward on the public's dime — possibly with $600,000 in Marcellus shale state funding. Sorry, but the public's purse is not a piggy bank for venture capital, especially when the “venture” in question is so hopelessly muddled.

Laurel: To Westmoreland's gun-rights-conscious citizens. About 100 of them didn't get the county resolution that they wanted: to grant Westmoreland's sheriff the authority to challenge federal gun-control legislation. Legally, it would never fly. But these residents did signal, quite convincingly, to their representatives in Greensburg, Harrisburg and Washington that they are not going to tolerate any federal erosion of their Second Amendment rights.

Lance: To Lorrie Sue Fisher. It's bad enough that this Friedens woman pleaded guilty to stealing more than $5,000 from a Vietnam veterans organization in Somerset County, where she worked as the group's bookkeeper. She was sentenced to 23 months in jail and ordered to pay restitution. But Ms. Fisher herself is an Air Force veteran. So much for “service to country”; her service to self is putrid.

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