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Lance: To Springdale Council. The VND asked the borough for a copy of its proposed social media and personal conduct ordinances, a routine request that virtually any municipality would've granted. But not Springdale, which has developed a bunker mentality because of its council problems, police scandals, etc. So we made a formal Right to Know request. Again, we were denied. After we appealed the wrongful denial to the Office of Open Records board in Harrisburg, voila! We received the copies. We wonder how much the taxpayers wasted for Solicitor Craig Alexander's fees in a totally unnecessary case.

On the “Watch List”: Railroad oil tankers. Trains hauling hundreds of tanker cars containing crude oil roll through the towns of the Alle-Kiski Valley every day. The oil and rail industries say moving crude by rail is the safest method. Maybe so, but the National Transportation Safety Board says it's time to retrofit or phase out the standard car. A wreck involving a dozen or so cars in one of our downtowns could be catastrophic.

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