Greensburg Tuesday takes
Coming up short: Taxing authorities in Hempfield stand to lose several thousand dollars in collections from three companies that are disputing their tax assessments. The companies say their property tax bills lack uniformity, are unreasonable and discriminatory. And they're not exactly baseless claims, considering Westmoreland County's last property reassessment dates to 1972. How much money are local municipalities and school districts losing as a result of unequal assessments? More to the point, how much longer can the county put off an inevitable reassessment?
Dangerous horseplay: Tyler Fetter, 18, of Manor, is lucky to be alive after he and Colton Cline, 19, of Penn Township, were reportedly “goofing around” with a shotgun that discharged. Unfortunately the same episode unfolds with disturbing frequency, occasionally with tragic results, because some people neglect two of the most important rules of gun handling: Never point a firearm at something or someone you don't intend to shoot and always assume the firearm is loaded.
Responsible pet owners: Westmoreland County expects a 20 percent to 30 percent increase in dog licenses this year, due in no small measure to a new system that allows residents to purchase licenses online. And licensing (which is the law) oftentimes is key in finding lost dogs. Kudos to courthouse officials for bringing dog licensing and other public services into the modern era.