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Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

“Free & clear” — for whom?: To no one's surprise, the debt-laden toxic nightmare that is the decaying Monsour Medical Center failed to attract any bids at a Westmoreland County tax sale. So now Jeannette and county officials anticipate that a so-called “free and clear” sale — which gets around some of those bothersome unpaid taxes and liens against the property — will be the route to its redevelopment. And Monsour's administration gets to walk away free and clear too, eh? If the hospital is razed and the site redeveloped on the public's dime, then the parcel should be appropriately renamed “Travesty Place.”

Referendum no resolution: A referendum on the Nov. 5 ballot will ask Ligonier Township voters whether the Board of Supervisors should be increased from three to five members. This, after an audit nailed a former supervisor and an interim secretary (since fired) for their “unofficial” Internet usage during work hours. The township doesn't need more supervisors, given the work ethic evidenced by the audit. What's needed is better supervision and accountability from those who manage the township.

Nothing “Christian” about it: The religious phrases scrawled on the brick entry at the Arnold Palmer Pavilion cancer center in Unity more than suggest a disturbed mindset. And as these fanatics have done unto others with their handiwork, the same should be done to them: If caught, they should pay every last cent for the graffiti's removal.

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