Laurels & lances: Voting, truth and rebuilding |

Laurels & lances: Voting, truth and rebuilding

Mark Boggs of Murrysville walks to the end of the line of voters Nov. 6 outside Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church. At 4 p.m., the line contained nearly 200 people.

Laurel: To party being less important than community. The Murrysville-Export Republican and Democratic clubs have worked together this year to garner 85 signatures necessary on a petition filed in Westmoreland Common Pleas Court seeking an order to redraw the Sardis and Newlonsburg precincts.

The community hopes splitting each of those precincts into two will reduce lengthy lines for voters like those seen in recent elections. The board of elections said it will not contest the request.

U.S. Congress and the Pennsylvania Legislature should take note.

Lance: To letting politics get in the way of truth. We ought to be able to trust our politicians, but that can be tough sometimes. Trusting our doctors is something different. U.S. Rep. John Joyce, R-Altoona, has walked back comments he made about 12 cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis being treated among asylum-seekers crossing the Mexican border.

It wasn’t true. The Arizona county in question hasn’t seen the disease in at least six years. Joyce’s remarks were the result of a string of misinformation and a deleted Facebook video.

He may be a freshman Congressman, but Joyce is also a doctor. He should know how to find out if an infectious disease has been identified. He should also understand that sometimes inaccurate information is just as contagious as measles, and if this story spreads in Pennsylvania, he will be Typhoid Mary.

Laurel: To rebuilding a work of art with the work of artisans. The Wendell August Forge of Grove City understands the destruction of fire after a blaze at the business 10 years ago, and also how it can help you build something beautiful. The metalsmiths are creating a special ornament to raise money for the restoration of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, as well as rebuilding three Louisiana churches lost to arson.

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.