Greensburg Tuesday takes
Delmont's “dummy-up” policy: A new rule that prevents employees from publicly discussing borough business and threatens termination could trample their free-speech rights. In Pickering v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court ruled that school officials violated the First Amendment when they fired a public school teacher for speaking out as a citizen on an issue of public concern. Whenever officials at any level of government push the envelope on protected rights, the public must push back.
Planning Jeannette's future: Rather than look back on past problems, city officials and residents recently took a different perspective — by looking ahead in preparation for a comprehensive plan. Initially embraced with enthusiasm, these expensive plans oftentimes end up gathering dust once they're completed. It doesn't require a plan for citizens to take pride in their city and help move it forward (from private property upkeep to volunteer opportunities). City pride, citizen involvement and fiscal discipline: these are the tools that will help Jeannette “reinvent” itself.
Park upkeep: Communities like Hempfield are fortunate to have volunteers willing to help out. So when a group like Fort Allen Volunteers of Recreation come to the township to address maintenance needs of St. Johns Park, supervisors should at least meet residents halfway. Regardless of any prior issues, it's better to have residents willing to step up than those who simply don't care.