State's mad money: Among local organizations lining up for a share of the state's mad money through Pennsylvania's Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is Excela Health, which is seeking $26 million, $10 million of which would go toward building an outpatient clinic in Unity. But if Excela doesn't get the public's “assistance” for the clinic, it plans to proceed with the project anyway. Hence the madness of the state's unnecessary, indefensible “economic development” through taxpayers' pockets.
Keeping up with the Joneses: Defending the Greater Latrobe's School Board's decision to build a $9.5 million multipurpose athletic complex, board member Kathryn Elder says, “It's not fair to have our kids on our athletic teams work with facilities that are not what neighboring schools have.” So if, say, the Ligonier Valley School District builds a state-of-the-art gym, Latrobe should follow suit? Regrettably, the same competitiveness rarely applies to core academics.
Business as usual in Jeannette: After weeks of not getting a straight answer from a Washington County contractor who was paid $65,000 for a recreation center, Jeannette finally decided to turn the matter over to Westmoreland County detectives. Then again, it only took years for city leaders to realize that something was amiss when they couldn't figure out what happened to their planned rec center — which was never built.
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