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Thursday, April 24, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

Lance: To Highlands School Board members Ron Lang and Debbie Beale. These longtime opponents engaged in an embarrassing personal spat in the middle of Monday's board meeting. This was a pathetic display that demeaned both of them and the board. Maybe it's time both of them moved on.

Laurel: To Act 32. The law was designed to streamline local earned income tax filing for citizens and increase collections for municipalities. And it has. Our review of collections shows they are up on average more than 16 percent since the law took effect in 2012. Even the blind dogs in Harrisburg find a bone once in a while.

On the “Watch List”: The Deer Lakes School Board. The scent of Chicken Little is in the air over West Deer as the board proclaims its fiscal ship is sinking. There are lots of reasons to believe the board is overstating the case, including that $4.7 million reserve fund. That's 14.5 percent of the total budget or, as we call it, way more than it needs to be.

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