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Lance: To the union “way.” Mechanics and drivers with National Express, the Chicago-based transit company that operates Westmoreland County's buses, now have a strike-authorization vote to threaten thousands of mass-transit riders because of the union's dissatisfaction with labor talks. This union gamesmanship could be avoided if the state prohibited strikes by public transit workers — just as police and firefighters aren't allowed to strike.

On the “Watch List”: Jeannette Treasurer Sam Casino's resignation. Mr. Casino, a Democrat, gave no reason for quitting after seeking re-election this year. This is the same fella who, allegedly unilaterally, decided to stop sending real estate tax bills to mortgage companies for payment (through escrow) and notified city taxpayers that the bills would be sent directly to them. His departure isn't an encouraging sign for a city with cash-flow problems.

Laurel: To David Henderson Jr. The Latrobe valedictorian from Agora Cyber Charter School, who completed his entire schooling in cyber charters, will join the cadets of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on July 1. It's a noteworthy accomplishment for Mr. Henderson and an affirmation of his parents' choice for his education — despite public education's intolerance toward school choice.

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