Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
Lance: To Tuesday's “snow day.” More than a few local school districts were quite quick to pull the closure trigger when a squall moved through Greater Pittsburgh as dawn broke. But the snowfall was short lived and roads were pretty much clear in short order. Sacrificing an entire day when a short delay would have sufficed defies reason. After all, this is Pittsburgh, not Atlanta.
Laurel: To Bill Peduto. For a self-described “progressive,” Pittsburgh's mayor sure is showing a welcome libertarian streak with his unwavering promotion of truly competitive taxi service. “Let me be clear about this: Competition in anything is good,” he says. “It creates a better product.” That's great to hear, Mr. Mayor. Can competitive contracting for garbage collection be far behind?
Lance: To Nate Harper. His attorneys are arguing for probation when the former Pittsburgh police chief is sentenced Tuesday for conspiring to steal money and failing to file income taxes. They cite his many years of service and claim, despite the testimony of others, that he was not the conspiracy's mastermind. But given the gross violation of the public trust, Mr. Harper should be sentenced to prison.
Laurel: To Lauryn Williams. The Rochester woman has become the first American woman and only the fifth athlete to win medals in both the summer and winter Olympics. The Beaver County star was part of the two-person team that picked up a silver medal this week in the bobsledding competition in Sochi, Russia. Our heartiest congratulations.
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