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Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

| Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

Lance: To the Burrell School Board. Board members flat out told their counterparts at New Kensington-Arnold there was no way in hell they would meet to discuss merging the districts. That was decidedly impolite. Having a sit-down in no way obligated Burrell to do anything. Maybe they could have found some common ground for reducing costs for equipment and supplies, shared resources or discovered they could offer a class or two to students at both districts that neither does now. Several members said that now isn't the time to discuss merger. We guess when Harrisburg calls and says, “Merge. Now,” that will be the time.

Lance: To the WPIAL. The Leechburg Area sports teams almost jumped last year from the WPIAL to District 6, a decision driven by its terrible showing in recent years in football. But the school board ultimately had the district stay put. So how did the WPIAL say thanks? By putting the Blue Devils in the same Class A football conference with perennial powers Clairton, Jeannette, Greensburg Central and Monessen. Ouch! Look for a revived effort to bail from the WPIAL.

Lance: To hypocrisy. If you want to go to one of Pennsylvania's casinos and drop $10,000, the state will smile and nod in approval. But that “buck-a-square” Super Bowl board at your local VFW or Moose club? The state police said this week they'll be vigilant in busting the club if they find a board there. Illegal gambling, say the state boys. Idiotic, says us.

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