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Friday, May 17, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

The tenacity of the Allegheny River Development Corp. to keep local Allegheny River locks open during the height of the boating season is worthy of admiration.

Daunted by the high costs of necessary insurance to staff the locks with volunteers, the group is turning its efforts to raising donated funds to keep the chambers operating. It needs to raise about $115,000 to give to the Army Corps of Engineers to keep four locks open for the recreational season.

Someone could argue that the effort is merely to make life more fun for boaters in the warm weather months. Such an attitude would be very shortsighted. The river here is one of Armstrong County's most valuable economic-development assets and remains highly undervalued and underused.

Given the public's interest in hiking and biking (the trail along the river), along with kayaking, fishing and boating, the river is an Armstrong destination to promote.

We urge residents to offer suggestions on ways to use of our rich riparian virtues. Get involved.

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Politics has given itself a bad name. Its real name is problem-solving.

In the primary election Tuesday, Democrats and Republicans have the opportunity to select people in their hometowns who can work to lower taxes, find better ways to use what is taken in and — believe it or not — come up with creative ideas to inspire constituent involvement.

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