ShareThis Page

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

| Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Laurel: To public-private partnership results. Tuesday's opening of the OTB Bicycle Cafe at the Boathouse by private owners who've invested about $550,000 and are leasing Allegheny County's North Park Boathouse brought to fruition a new amenity without further burdening taxpayers. Let's have more such ventures.

Lance: To taxpayer-funded feel-good junkets. Personnel from at least 60 Western Pennsylvania school districts, intermediate units and career and technical centers attending this week's Pennsylvania School Boards Association conference in Hershey each cost taxpayers $379 to take part, plus up to $700 in hotel fees. Defending such featured non-education speakers as the namesake of the “Captain Phillips” movie and the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team's captain, the co-sponsoring Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators contends unpaid board members need “a human story here or there” to “lift their spirits.” Better to lift taxpayers' spirits instead — by spending their money more wisely.

On the “Watch List”: The Hill District's first grocery store in 30-plus years. Public subsidies have taxpayers unwillingly sharing the risk inherent in this just-opened $11.6 million Shop 'n Save — risk that private interests alone should bear. If nearby residential development, mainly on the former Addison Terrace public-housing and Civic Arena sites, doesn't provide enough of a customer base soon enough, what now seems to Hill residents a long-awaited asset may prove to be a neighborhood — and public — liability.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.