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Westmoreland Tuesday takes

| Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Partisan politics: Why the flap over Republican Bob Davidson's decision to seek a full term as a Hempfield Township supervisor• Davidson originally said he would not run after he was appointed in December to fill Bob Regola's unexpired term. Mr. Davidson has since changed his mind in light of important land-use issues in the township. Is that so troublesome for some to understand• Or is this about Davidson's party affiliation• The decision is his; let the voters decide the outcome.

Kids and suds: Some may take issue with Hempfield's decision allowing the Chuck E. Cheese pizza chain to transfer a liquor license for a new restaurant that will be situated at the Westmoreland Mall. After all, the business caters primarily to children, right• But on what grounds could supervisors legally reject the request if the business meets the requirements for a license• Rather than abuse their authority, supervisors upheld the law.

Pay & performance: Forbes magazine says Mellon Financial Corp. Chairman Martin G. McGuinn is this year's fourth worst-performing boss among the nation's 500 largest companies. Mr. McGuinn has been paid an average of $5.5 million a year over the past six years; Mellon's annualized return for the same period has been a negative 2 percent, Forbes calculates. That's a lot of money for such little "performance."

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