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Monday, April 21, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Welcome, Americans!: Eighteen immigrants from 10 countries recently demonstrated that people don't have to jump fences — or cut in line — to gain American citizenship. All culminated their goal to become U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony in Westmoreland County's Common Pleas Court. And they should be proud, too, for having fulfilled the requirements of citizenship. Which, of course, is in stark contrast to the actions of illegal aliens, who trample this nation's laws, dodge the obligations of citizenship yet demand all of its benefits.

The Hempfield Area shake-up: No doubt some district parents are a tad concerned that both school Superintendent Andy Leopold and Business Manager Jude Abraham have resigned. The latter says he accepted a new job; Mr. Leopold offered no explanation. No matter. With this change comes an opportunity. Here's to a new vision and fresh ideas in the Hempfield Area School District.

Dummy-up diktat: Under Fayette County's new public comment rules approved by Democrat commissioners Al Ambrosini and Vince Zapotosky, speakers who register at least four days before a session get three minutes to speak; those who don't register get two minutes. So, if you jump through this bureaucratic hoop, you get an extra minute? What nonsense. Rightfully so, residents are not happy. They need to seriously rethink the Democrats they consistently elect to run (or stifle?) their county.

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