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An observation: There is no consolation in using private money from the state-run Neighborhood Partnership Program to erect a barrier around the long-shuttered, deteriorating Monsour Medical Center and to raze adjacent buildings. Instead of devoting that money to a worthwhile public need, it's earmarked to mop up the mess left behind by Monsour Medical Center Inc. because the hospital's rightful owners have eluded that responsibility. And that's inexcusable.

On the “Watch List”: The Greensburg Catholic Diocese. First came outrage from some parents over the firing of Denise Myers as principal of Greensburg Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School. Then came word from the diocese in October that an outside audit confirmed “financial irregularities,” which still haven't been detailed. Now a statement from Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt informs that Trent Bocan no long serves as superintendent of schools for the diocese. At some point in this unfolding melodrama, the diocese owes an explanation to the parents and parishioners who financially support its schools.

Laurel: To Fayette County Judge Nancy Vernon. A sweetheart house-arrest deal offered to a shop foreman, accused with three other ex-employees of stealing $600,000 in stainless steel from a former employer, didn't cut it with the judge. She rejected this “slap on the wrist,” noting that Robert Showman's alleged involvement could have bankrupted the company. The proposed plea bargain would have been a gross injustice.

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