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Thursday, May 2, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
 

Lance: To the supposed “cleanup” of the Jeannette Glass plant. The state says Zion Bullitt Ave. Ltd. of New York has been slow in removing hazardous materials and other debris from this festering eyesore. Do tell. The site has been deteriorating into a disaster area since Zion bought it in 1989. So now the state intends to play hardball? Worse than this tepid response is the message it sends to other industrial-site owners, who could just as well dump their disregard on state taxpayers.

Lance: To California University's outrageous $59 million convocation center. The overblown events site reportedly has accrued $400,000 in losses from nearly 100 events conducted during its first 16 months. And Cal U's response to this, in typical academia hogwash, is that the success of the 142,000-square-foot, 6,000-seat center cannot be measured solely on the basis of profits and losses. Oh? Well, how about return on the public's investment? Does that principle ring any bells for the ding-dongs who spearhead these unsustainable excursions through the public's pockets?

Laurel: To George Goubran. The teen's quick response, banging on the door of a burning Derry Borough house, likely made the difference for two children inside, who apparently were unaware of the rapidly advancing fire. Frequently in situations when every minute counts, thinking can get clouded. This young man's didn't. Good work!

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