ShareThis Page
News

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

| Friday, Oct. 8, 2004

Laurel: To the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The federal appellate court in Philadelphia says there's nothing illegal about the Ten Commandments plaque that long as graced an outside wall of the Allegheny County Courthouse. In a refreshingly sane ruling, the court said the fact that government buildings preserve such an artifact of history is not necessarily an improper government endorsement of religion. Hear! Hear!

Laurel: To Dan Onorato. After a tough year of budget cuts and layoffs, the Allegheny County executive has presented County Council with $665.6 million 2005 budget that the ACE says makes government "live within its means." Property taxes will not increase. But careful budgeting will allow increases for several vital offices, from the District Attorney's to the Public Defender's offices. Just as important, the budget does not tap county reserves. We commend Mr. Onorato.

Laurel: To Bill Strickland. His Manchester Craftsmen's Guild concept continues to spread across the country. A direct spinoff of the North Side institution is up and running in San Francisco. There's a Cincinnati group also using the guild's model to offer educational programs teaching arts and vocational skills. And folks in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Kansas City, Mo., are interested in emulating Mr. Strickland's incredible success story. Bravo!

Laurel: To John Thompson. The superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools says he's had it with truants. Henceforth, five unexcused absences will result in a citation and court date that could cost parents a fine or even jail time. That's good news. But, why five and why did it take so long to address such a chronic problem?

Lance: To the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. Last week it featured entertainer Patti Labelle at its 135th anniversary celebration. This would be the same Ms. Labelle who said the editor of these pages should have been "pimp slapped" for asking Teresa Heinz Kerry to explain her infamous "un-American" comments in July. What a shame such a fine organization embraced such a poor role model.

Best wishes: To Ed Nicholson. The president of Robert Morris University will retire next year. This scholar and gentleman largely is responsible for RMU's transformation into a major league institution of higher learning over the past 15 years. We wish him well.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com 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.

click me