Laurel: To New Kensington officials. Common sense said the hasty plan to barricade Virginia Drive was terrible idea. The city commissioned a traffic study and probably will start to control traffic with a speed hump. My, how sensible. Now we hope city officials can concentrate on making the intersection of Carl Avenue and Tarentum Bridge Road safer. Many more people are impacted by that intersection, where two people were killed last August.
On the “Watch List”: West Deer's land banking effort. There's nothing wrong with attempting to save and rehabilitate abandoned, dilapidated houses. But for a house in Curtisville with a bad foundation, mold, dead animals, etc., that wasn't realistic. Even if the house had been fully rehabilitated — an expensive and dubious plan — its value would still have been $50,000 or less. The township commissioners voted Wednesday to demolish that house and four others. Good.
Laurel: To the Pirates. The Battlin' Bucs open the second half of the season in Cincinnati tonight as the No. 2 team in all of Major League Baseball, second only to National League Central division mate St. Louis. The series opens a critical phase in the Pirates' climb to not only their first winning season in 21 years but a run at the playoffs. It's not quite time for pennant fever. But neither has Pirates Colony Collapse set in. Perhaps “there's always next year” really is this year. Let's go, Bucs!
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