ShareThis Page
News

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

| Friday, Oct. 1, 2010

Lance: To Act II of Jeannette's fiscal follies. After passing a $4.6 million budget by a 3-2 vote in February and assuring all with raised eyebrows in the cash-strapped city that everything was jim-dandy, city fathers now say they're looking at a potential $440,000 shortfall by year's end. Hence, the layoffs of nine city workers this week. But given Jeannette's pattern of fiscal disregard, dipping into bond money to pay regular expenses, city leaders were in well over their heads before 2010, at which point a course for correction should have been expedited.

Lance: To West Point's fatuous fire-siren debate. For more than two years Hempfield officials and volunteer firefighters have failed to resolve a dispute over an obnoxiously loud siren that rattles residents' windows and nerves. Supposedly a fix now is in the works. Residents' quality of life• No, all along this has been about money and turf -- much to the chagrin of residents who have endured this childish nonsense for two years too long.

On the "Watch List": Anthony J. Valore. The ex-president of the defunct Loyalhanna Township Volunteer Fire Department joins the ignoble list of community firefighters accused of pocketing scarce company resources -- in this case, more than $13,000. Allegedly he took the money to pay department bills but spent it on his own expenses. More injurious than the pilfered sum is the stigma this leaves on the noble tradition of volunteer firefighting.

Laurel (with a caveat): To Westmoreland commissioners. The county's leaders finally have adopted some much-needed revisions to Westmoreland's loosey-goosey 20-year-old vehicle policy, which now put the kibosh on commissioners having county cars. But what took so long• Two years ago the policy came into question when ex-commish Tom Ceraso, en route home from a weekend party, bagged a deer with a county vehicle. And an audit by Controller Carmen Pedicone last year revealed inadequate oversight of the county's vehicle fleet. This "tuneup" is overdue.

Laurel: To Carol Triano and her fellow volunteers. Who hasn't noticed the beautiful Greengate Community Garden at the Intersection of Route 30 and Greengate Road in Hempfield• The garden overseen by Ms. Triano is one of 61 honored by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society with its Community Gardening Award. Two green thumbs up for all the volunteers and contributors who grow and maintain this site.

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