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Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Lance: To Westmoreland County Courthouse drips. Reason would dictate that when the former Democrat administration spent $55,000 four years ago to restore two upper-level courtrooms, they would have first fixed the leaky roof. Apparently not. Now after exterior repairs, the courtrooms will have to be repaired again. Talk about drips.

Laurel: To Harry Smith. The former district administrator challenged the Penn-Trafford School Board's proposed $32 million high school renovation, given that there's no state reimbursement currently available and that the high school is the newest building in the district. The answer is not more money from Harrisburg — which is never enough. It's better district planning.

On the “Watch List”: The Westmoreland Manor study. The county-owned nursing home is operating at a $1.3 million deficit this year. There are concerns that the manor, valued at up to $32 million if sold, could cost taxpayers considerably more in future deficits. The question is whether county government should remain in the nursing home business.

Laurel: To Faith Good. The Youngwood resident is suing the state for taking away her Monk parakeet, which in Pennsylvania is regarded as a threat to crops and wildlife. But Ms. Good has owned the parakeet, without incident, for 26 years — in fact, six months before the state officially banned the bird. And the bird has no mate. When the state pushes people around in this manner, the people need to push back.

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