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Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

| Thursday, July 17, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

Laurel: To the New Kensington-Arnold School Board. Change can be frightening and painful, but the board's consolidation plan — keep four schools open and close two — is absolutely the right thing to do for taxpayers and students. Next step: Find a partner district for a merger or at least a sharing of services.

Laurel: To NK-A parents. It was heartening to see Wednesday's turnout of 120 people for the consolidation meeting. We're confident those who opposed the plan will now put forth the effort to make it work.

Laurel: To the Rev. Asa Roberts. A giant of the New Kensington community and a national civil rights leader, the Rev. Roberts is stepping down as pastor at Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. Roberts walked with his boyhood friend, the Rev. Martin Luther King, in the 1963 March on Washington. He has been in many ways the conscience of our community for more than 50 years. Please enjoy a long retirement.

On the “Watch List”: Arnold's government. There are too many financial problems here and not enough solutions. The best advice we have at this point: Contract out every public service to private industry or another municipality (Example: Maybe New Kensington will take over policing). It's time the city investigate filing bankruptcy and/or obtaining state help via Act 47, the Municipal Financial Recovery Act, although that program is a nightmare.

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