Pittsburgh Tuesday takes
A heinous crime: Each and every shooting in the City of Pittsburgh is a tragedy. But what happened Friday afternoon in broad daylight in the Hill District was heinous. Three shooters opened fire on Tina Crawford, 34, and her mother, Patsy, 63, in their driveway and fled. Tina was killed. Patsy was seriously wounded. Police don't have a motive. Such wanton killing must stop. And the pathology behind it must be eradicated.
Organized perversion: One of the wags with whom we regularly converse notes the irony of Pittsburgh's Labor Day parade organizers disinviting Republican Gov. Tom Corbett for his supposed anti-union activities. This would be the same governor, Mr. Wag reminds, who opposes right-to-work laws, paycheck protection, no-strike rules for public school teachers and transit workers and repealing the prevailing wage. Go figure.
Some thanks: On April 9, Sarge Resetar, a Franklin Regional High School security guard, was a hero. Despite being stabbed in the stomach, Mr. Resetar, 70, helped to subdue mass-stabbing suspect Alex Hribal. But on Friday, and without much real explanation, the seven-year veteran was fired by the district's private security adviser, Capital Asset Protection of Robinson. It cited unspecified “security changes” and says the district concurred with the decision. What a slap.