Greensburg Laurels & Lances
Lance: To the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County. More than three hours elapsed before the waterworks began alerting about 4,000 Westmoreland and Allegheny county customers of a water main break in North Huntingdon. And this, after the authority in October dropped the ball on a boil-water advisory. The utility's manager says it didn't want to put out incorrect information. So ratepayers who had no clue what happened to their water service had to wait hours for the authority to inform them of a line break.
On the “Watch List”:
• Ownership of the Jeannette Glass property. For three decades the shuttered 13-acre site has deteriorated into a city eyesore. Taxes have gone unpaid. And it took a court order to clean up hazardous waste. But if a Westmoreland judge nixes the site's sale for back taxes, the property's onetime New York owner will make everything right, according to the lawyer for Zion Bullitt Avenue Ltd. Sure, and perhaps those responsible for this festering mess will also put up the Brooklyn Bridge for collateral, eh?
• Emergency communications. The death of Youngwood firefighter Edwin “Lance” Wentzel, 57, struck and killed by a train while searching for a missing woman in North Versailles, is compounded by an apparent mix-up in communications between the railroad and rescuers. Norfolk Southern says it was not notified that crews had resumed the search on railroad property at the time of the accident. Regardless of who's at fault, if any, this apparent disconnect warrants a review and an explanation.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com 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.
- Wilmerding’s gamble
- The DHS crackdown
- Thou shalt not parse the First: The Connellsville Ten Commandments decision
- President Carbon: Hypocrisy’s trip
- Greensburg Tuesday takes
- Ford City facts: Blaming the messenger
- Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
- Pittsburgh Tuesday takes
- Saturday essay: Cusps of change
- Sunday pops
- The Box