Laurels & lances: Movies, memes, stealing and stress |

Laurels & lances: Movies, memes, stealing and stress


Laurel: To summer fun with serious bite. As part of its new summer programming, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art hosted its first Summer Saturday on June 22. The Greensburg museum’s parking lot turned into a drive-in — or sit-in — of sorts, for an outdoor viewing of “Jaws,” marking 44 years of scaring people out of the water.

Inside the museum, nautical-themed exhibits were on display, and guests could purchase lobster rolls and other fare from Café Marchand. Prior to the screening, the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s String Quartet entertained visitors. Admission was free, no sunscreen required. Practically a day at the beach.

Lance: To hatred dressed as humor. The since-fired Yokoso employee who shared a meme on Facebook of an oven with the caption “Jewish bunk beds for sale” claims he doesn’t read well and thought it was about Danish bunk beds. That falls flat, especially coming amid his statements about his life being ruined.

But let’s say it’s true. Maybe it was a mistake on his part. It wasn’t a mistake for whoever created the meme. The anti-Semitism is still out there, disguised as a joke and waiting for laughs that lessen the horror of millions of murders. That dehumanization is what makes a Tree of Life synagogue attack possible. It’s just not funny.

Laurel: To keeping an eye on things. A cutting-edge surveillance system at the Pittsburgh Mills mall complex should be helping police crack down on a spike in drug-related shoplifting.

Frazer police Chief Terry Kuhns says theft is up because of the opioid epidemic as people suffering from addiction steal to fund their drug cravings. Finding a way to address that doesn’t just help the businesses. It helps the local economy and by extension the community. And maybe more vigilance can lead to the addicted getting treatment. Good for everyone.

Lance: To unhealthy stress. Ask any doctor and they will tell you that stress isn’t good for the body. So why did health industry titans UPMC and Highmark play a months-long game of chicken with each other as their uneasy 2014 agreement wound down? Why make hearts race and blood pressure rise as people scramble to change insurance or switch doctors?

And while the situation has been resolved for the next 10 years with a new agreement, how many people made changes they didn’t want and can’t change until the next open enrollment period? It’s enough to make you sick.

Categories: Opinion | Editorials
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.