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Franklin Regional incident hits too close to home

L ast week, the all too familiar news of school violence hit close to home when 16-year old Alex Hribal allegedly went on a stabbing spree at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. The incident proves that no high school, no neighborhood, no one is immune to the senseless violence that is...

Opioid overdose antidote will not solve drug problems

Heroin is all over the news lately. From a rash of overdoses locally due to a batch dubbed “TheraFlu” earlier this year, to actor Philip Seymour Hoffman overdosing in New York City, and countless area burglaries to feed habits, it seems that we can’t turn on the news, browse...

Time and place for texting

Many conveniences came with the advent of the text message – the ability to convey a quick message without actually having to take the time to, for example, dial a number, let the phone ring, wait for the other person to answer, exchange hellos, say the call’s intended purpose:...

CVS made the right move in banning tobacco products

There’s really no way around it – smoking is a filthy, disgusting habit. It causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, and a slew of other health issues. Not to mention the smell – oh, the horrible, horrible smell. It sticks to clothing, furniture, walls – really...

Letters

USC residents get a lot for their tax dollars

In his long-winded diatribe of April 9 (USC taxes too high), Oren Spiegler is mystified as to why USC’s township tax is higher than that of Pine Township.

Concussions a real danger on artificial turf

I have read with interest the debate regarding laying turf on the recreation fields in Mt. Lebanon. Besides the obvious cost involved and the potential adverse effects to the surrounding areas by the impact from decreasing the amount of permeable surface for storm water runoff – which, by...

Recovery is the only antidote to the drug issue

As a qualifier with an addicted loved one, I would much rather have my addict have a chance for recovery than going to their funeral. No one knows what the addict’s bottom will be that leads to their recovery.

USC level of taxation too high

Those who have lived in Upper St. Clair for a long time may not recognize how the community compares to others in its level of taxation of our incomes and properties. A thorough examination leads to the conclusion that our residents have been overburdened for years.

Education in fire and electrical safety is key

Early childhood education is constantly evolving. Educational programming is becoming more sophisticated and prolific, and numerous phone and tablet apps are readily available to educate children. However, as they learn about subjects that belie their age and become increasingly tech savvy,...

Texting insensitive to families

Can you imagine the nation’s uproar if during World War II someone would text: “We regret to inform you, but your son John Doe has been killed in action” or worse yet – “Your son John Doe is considered missing in action.”


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