Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances
Lance: To obligation failure. Amy Poydence and Pat Zelonka were elected to Apollo Council in 2011 with police Chief Paul Breznican. What a waste of votes. Breznican never was seated on council and now is headed to jail for stealing from the borough. Poydence and Zelonka basically filled chairs for a year and now they're not even doing that — they can't be bothered to show up for meetings. Thank God this pair isn't seeking re-election.
Laurel: To Carol Schrock. When Schrock heard gunfire outside her New Kensington home Monday afternoon, she ran — to the aid of a wounded man. Schrock, who will graduate from Citizens School of Nursing next month, may have saved the life of Jordan Jefferson, 18, after he was wounded in a drive-by shooting along Kenneth Avenue.
On the “Watch List”: The UPMC threat. State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says he'll audit the health giant if it doesn't allow Highmark insurance customers access to UPMC services after 2014. Access is in doubt because of the long-running Highmark-UPMC dispute over the former's takeover of the Allegheny Health Network. Mr. DePasquale has auditing power because of the substantial public subsidies given to UPMC. The bottom line is that any insurance should be accepted anywhere.
An observation: The Greensburg Catholic Diocese closing two parishes is only the tip of a much larger issue. The number of active priests in the diocese is down from 101 in 2000 to 67 today — and 40 of those are 60 or older.