Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
Laurel: To the Penguins. The knee-jerk management reaction to the Pens being swept out of the Eastern Conference finals this year would have been to fire head coach Dan Bylsma. But the knees were kept in check, the jerk gene was suppressed and Mr. Bylsma has been given a two-year contract extension. Now about Bylsma's contention that Marc-Andre Fleury still is the Pens' No. 1 goaltender — can we talk, Dan?
Laurel: To the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania. Yes, the venerable organization has cut the number of camps by nearly half, to nine. But it's in pursuit of financial prudence and better, long-term opportunities for the girls. And a lease it signed for the extraction of Marcellus shale natural gas from its Butler County camp soon will begin paying royalties. That was another prudent move. We wish the Girl Scouts lots of royalty checks and financial stability.
On the “Watch List”: The Port Authority board. Here's a novel concept to consider as Republicans and Democrats in Allegheny County and Harrisburg snipe over state legislation that would alter how board members are appointed: Treat the mass-transit agency as the independent authority it is meant to be. Of course, the power to grease palms and be greased (politically speaking, of course) likely is too tempting for that to ever happen.