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Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

| Thursday, March 20, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

Lance: To Dennis Davin. The Allegheny County Airport Authority board treasurer insists the closed-door decision that left authority president Brad Penrod without a job was not a violation of the state Sunshine Act. Mr. Davin can rationalize all he wants — the board's coming public vote on Penrod's severance package is the only sunshine ray required, he says — but this pig stinks.

Laurel: To Jake Haulk. The Allegheny Institute for Public Policy boss pulls no punches in a post about Pittsburgh Public Schools: “(T)he poor academic performance and the high rates of absenteeism” (well over 40 percent, on average, at the high school level) “point to the same thing — a failed public school system.” He takes to task those who continue to think the “solution” is to throw more money at the problem. Anyone ready to listen yet?

On the “Watch List”: Oversight. The former Cecil police chief is charged with theft. The former secretary for Harmony is charged likewise. They are the latest in a troublingly long line of “public servants” accused of padding their own pockets. Once upon a time, trust was a given. It no longer can be.

Laurel: To Jim McCarville. The executive director of the Port of Pittsburgh Commission is retiring in June after 20 years at the helm. Mr. McCarville, 69, of Ross, has been a tireless advocate for maintaining and upgrading the system of locks and dams so vital to the nation's third-busiest inland port. We wish him the best in retirement.

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