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Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

Lance: To school salary insanity. In a graphic illustration of where public school dollars go, consider the Greensburg Salem's School Board's deliberations over whether to hire a custodian. Why is this a big deal? Well, because the job, per union contract, reportedly pays about $78,000 annually with benefits. No doubt, this most generous union-bargained compensation is “for the children,” right?

On the “Watch List”: Snow days. As the number grows, expect local school boards to take up the dicey discussion of where to make up the time. To be clear, lost instruction time should be made up with instruction time — not with any state-sanctioned exemptions that shortchange students' learning.

Laurel: To a vested interest in police dogs' safety. North Huntingdon K-9 officers Vegas, Colt and Nero recently received Kevlar protective vests — each with a retail value of approximately $2,000 — through the nonprofit Vested Interest in K-9s foundation and a retired New York City police officer. Especially after the stabbing death of Pittsburgh's K-9 officer Rocco, it's a wise investment in K-9s whose singular focus is to serve.

Laurel: To good Samaritans in the snow. Too often the jerks who tailgate during horrible conditions or those who shovel snow back into cleared streets draw the most attention. Here's to all the good folks who clear elderly residents' walkways or plow neighbors' driveways. These warmhearted souls take some of the chill out of what's been an especially bitter winter.

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