Pittsburgh Tuesday takes
Good grief: Adding insult to the injury of the deadly Legionella outbreak at two Pittsburgh Veteran Affairs medical facilities is word that Michael Moreland, the VA's regional director, was given a presidential award for, in part, infection control. The award came with a nearly $63,000 bonus — and after one of two critical reports had been released. What a slap to the families of the dead and those sickened. The award should be rescinded.
Get real: It's stunning to think that PennDOT might formally waive a law — already ignored by mass-transit agencies in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia — that limits drivers' behind-the-wheel time to 10 hours daily. Some drivers work up to 18-hour shifts. The Port Authority of Allegheny County and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority complain that adhering to the law would cost too much money. The unions say the law would infringe on their contract right to overtime. Riders should not be amused.
Cue Gary Glitter: The Pens are back in action tonight against the New York Islanders, hoping to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. That would enable the 'Guins to finish off the Islanders at home on Thursday. Pittsburgh beat New York 5-4 in overtime on Sunday. Now, some say the Penguins haven't been firing on all cylinders. But wins are wins and “Hey!” an' 'at.