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Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Watching the local reaction to the closing of SCI-Greensburg is very sad and very compelling based on whom the locals have overwhelmingly voted for in recent elections. It's funny — the same people who plead for the government to cut spending, still attend tea-party rallies and vote to elect these so-called “fiscal conservatives” now have such a quick change of heart when the job being cut is one that is held by someone in their house, or the school being closed is the one that their kids attend.

Our local legislators are also claiming they were “blindsided” by this closing. If true, they apparently garner no respect from the powers that be in Harrisburg — which in turn means that residents of Westmoreland County may need to reconsider who they vote for in upcoming elections.

It's interesting if all of our local “legislative players” actually were completely left out of this decision. Does this mean that the uproar over this from Sen. Kim Ward, R-Hempfield, Rep. Tim Krieger, R-Delmont, and the others makes them all hypocrites for opposing a plan to save the state money? Or just that their egos were very badly bruised when they were so publicly embarrassed by their own team?

Bob Rendar


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