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Quite the leader: As Scoutmaster for Birdville Troop 186 in Harrison, Bob Barrage has helped dozens of boys become Eagle Scouts and good men. The township commissioners' honoring Barrage for his service was a no-brainer.

How ironic: Allegheny County Council, concerned about possible email snooping by the executive branch, met several times in bogus executive sessions to secretly discuss what to do. And the council's solicitor even took the Trib to court to block access to records related to the snooping debate. What is this, Mad magazine's “Spy vs. Spy”?

Check that list: Highmark Inc. might want to check its insurance rolls more carefully. If it does, it likely will find it's still sending mailings and making robocalls to former customers. How many? Who knows? And why? But you can bet that it's an unnecessary expense that only keeps the cost of health insurance artificially high.

What a waste: State and Washington County officials used a federal grant to surveil then seize more than 800 marijuana plants last week. Even the Civil Air Patrol and a National Guard helicopter were used. What a horrible waste of public resources.

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