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| Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Say what? : A new study says two-thirds of American adults couldn't understand the latest pay report of PPG Industries of Pittsburgh because it's not written in plain English. PPG Chairman and CEO Charles Bunch had total 2006 compensation of $8.9 million; PPG's top five executives had combined total compensation of $17.8 million. Perhaps that's why the report wasn't in plain English: PPG really didn't want anyone to know.

International link. To its credit, Knoch High School will resume travel to Germany in summer 2008 as part of a long-standing student exchange program. For 30 years, German students have been staying in the Saxonburg area, as part of a program where they also visit Washington and New York City. But after 9/11, Knoch officials stopped sending its students to Germany. This is a valuable program -- which can teach students about other cultures and their educational systems, as well as teach them about the early ties to their own community. John Roebling came from Germany to settle in Saxonburg in the mid-1800s. An architect, Roebling established his business manufacturing wire rope that was used in the suspension design of the Brooklyn Bridge. So he was instrumental in bringing German immigrants to work in Saxonburg and put down roots here.

Let's review. Here's a reminder to motorists trying to survive the Route 28 single-lane restrictions: The most efficient way to merge is to drive in both lanes to the merge point. Then take turns. Too many drivers get in the single lane early.

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