RANTS  &  RAVES









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    Aggressive task force takedown or what???

    RANTS to having a quiet, relaxing evening stroll on your sleepy, little street quickly turn into high-level drama because an impaired driver in his truck with his
    woman and 2 young children made a wrong turn, ignoring state police and out of county sheriff vehicles with flashing lights and intermittent sirens on his tail.

    RANTS to getting the sweet bejesus and dickens scared out of you, just a few feet away, as one from the group of badges gets the driver out of the car and
    screams, "Don't do anything f***ing stupid or this will be your worst day!" to a drunk or addict who already demonstrated an inability to think and reason.



    RAVES that nobody got hurt and that maybe there's one less impaired driver on the road tonight. RANTS, though, that the take down couldn't have waited till
    the truck exited the sleepy, little street, away from homes and residents out taking a sweet stroll. (12 Dec 17)
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    Initially, claimed only fresh water use
    Chevron seeks approval for Luzerne frac water storage, redistribution
     
    A special exception zoning hearing is scheduled in 3 days, on Wednesday, December 13, to hear from Chevron about its plans to add 6 one-million-gallon
    storage tanks for storage and processing of flowback, produced water, brine and fresh water in Luzerne Township that would establish a clear hydrological
    pathway between it and the Monongahela River, protected only by an “intake valve” at the Mon.  

    As per a news release from Fayette Marcellus Watch, "Completely missing from its notifications to Fayette County is the crucial information that Chevron
    intends to connect the tank farm to its existing network of water pipelines in Luzerne Township."

    Chevron, the release continued, "has shown in its application materials to DEP that it intends to run frackwater through pipelines in both directions" and
    "initially reported to Fayette County that these pipelines would only be transporting 'water' — no mention at all that they will be transporting residual waste
    from fracking operations."

    The DEP requires Chevron to submit information describing the precautions they will take to avoid exposing the public to radioactivity. However, today's
    release from the Fayette Marcellus Watch group said the information Chevron has submitted for the Luzerne Township "is seriously incomplete because it
    does not describe the project as an integrated system detailing the full extent of both storage tanks and water lines."

    Please read the full release for more information on the matter to come before the Zoning Hearing Board at 12:30 PM on Wednesday, at the Public Safety
    Building. RANTS because a mere "intake valve" on the river to protect the Mon is a very scary thought or comfort. (10 Dec 17)

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    Duck Whisperer's day in court: Case dismissed!

    RAVES that a no-nonsense Fayette County magistrate judge dismissed charges against a disabled Fairchance veteran for raising her voice from a distance
    to middle-school-age minors and their inattentive parents at the town park, reportedly after observing one of the minors kicking the ducks. Please click to
    read "Duck Whisper's day in court: Case dismissed!"
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    Warden tenders resignation

    Fayette County Prison Warden Brian Miller tendered his letter of resignation to county officials this week to leave his long-time position in two weeks.

    Email was sent early this morning asking for comment from Miller and the prison board members to confirm or deny the news first sent this way one week
    ago by a dependable source with personal and non-professional ties to the warden.

    Today was not that proverbial Cold Day In Hell that we had hoped it would be. No comment back was received, of course. But RAVES that one later in the
    day did confirm that Human Resources forwarded his letter of resignation to the officials.

    Though he probably would not believe it, Rants&Raves truly wishes the departing warden the best. Ranted basically only over a few different matters -- i.e.,
    delaying the writing to prison policies that resulted in deficient state DOC inspection reports for a few years and continuing with the jail ad hoc committee
    meetings after the proposed new industrial prison plans were scrapped by a majority of commissioners, etc. -- he was ranted the most because this column
    knew he really could get the policies written, as he eventually proved he could. (8 Dec 17)

    Editor's Note: In response to reader mail curious about a 2017 inspection of the jail, R&R obtained a copy of the inspection schedule. Fayette's county
    lock up will not be inspected until late 2018. Thanks to the update forwarded here by jail staff.

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    Superintendent: lost $120K gig over pocket change misuse of public funds

    RANTS of the shameful kind that students in the Connellsville School District this evening learned that the county district attorney cut a deal one week ago
    with the district superintendent to resign immediately to avoid prosecution for misusing district funds for his personal use.

    RANTS that kids who receive detention or consequences for lying or swiping someone else's property learned that the now former superintendent and
    school board president lied to everyone in the media stories about the sudden sever of ties five days ago as being nothing more than one man's desire to
    return to work in the private sector. The president of the board specifically told the media then that the superintendent had "done nothing wrong."



    Meanwhile, behind the scenes, a county detective concluded that the superintendent bought about $150 worth of rebar and concrete with school funds for
    his election signs in his failed race for a seat there on his hometown Elizabeth-Forward School District's board. Fay's DA agreed not to prosecute if he
    resigned and made restitution for the unauthorized purchase.

    While some in attendance at tonight's board reorganization meeting told WTAE TV cameras after the meeting that other possible illegal purchases may have
    been made with public funds and they were unhappy with the "sweet deal" offered to avoid criminal prosecution, Fay's DA said he will look into those other
    unspecified allegations.



    RANTS that Fay's DA allowed last week's media circus or fake news to circulate, only tonight to paint a completely different picture for the kids and public
    about what really happened. RAVES of hope, however, that the now former superintendent may actually have taught the students a most valuable lesson in
    the long run.

    RAVES of hope, too, that the now outed former superintendent, hailed for turning over a huge district deficit into a supposedly impressive surplus of funds in
    2 years, wasn't stupid enough to have claimed the cost of the rebar and concrete on his election campaign expense reports for tomorrow's civics class
    lesson. The district and students have been embarrassed enough. (6 Dec 17)

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    Blue restroom lighting added to deter addicts from finding veins

    RANTS of the saddest kind that convenience store and business restrooms have become such known heroin shooting gallery spaces that a Westmoreland
    Sheetz installed blue restroom lighting to try to make it harder for addicts to find their veins.

    Today's Trib article, "New Kensington Sheetz tests anti-drug blue hue for restroom lights," shows the desperation that businesses with public restrooms
    experience because police just can't seem to stop or even put a real dent in the region's heroin supply.

    While Westmoreland's drug task force and rehabilitation program leaders are quoted in the article saying the blue restroom lighting likely won't deter addicts,
    who, in their opinions, can find their veins in the dark, the convenience store management hopes the lighting change will be a deterrent to keep their staff
    and customers safer.

    RANTS, nonetheless, that it has come to this desperate act to darken the lighting to try to deter addicts from finding their veins and make the rest of us feel
    safer inside the business. It's a chilling hope to swallow reading today's morning paper with coffee. (6 Dec 17)
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    "Quotes Of The Day" on key resignations, whopper faywest.com lies

    "I see the Herald Standard covered the last county prison board meeting and reported for -- what is it now, the second or third time? -- that the warden says
    no jail sewage spilled into the creek. That's wonderful, but why hasn't the paper asked the UMWA why it published in its newsletter to its 71,341 members a
    picture of an ice machine leaking and claimed it was raw sewage on the jail floor?
    Dave, this morning at the diner, back in town from a long holiday trip to his in-laws, catching up on local news

    "I see the Connellsville school superintendent resigned or retired abruptly, seeing the writing on the wall that the new board will soon be in office and
    probably booting him out of his job. What will that make now? Six or 7 superintendents in 7 or 8 years?
    Pete, chiming in on what he was reading online from his tablet before him

    "I see Michael D. McCumber still doesn't give a rat's behind that horrible lies are published and published again and again on one of his websites."
    Dave's wife, referring to a few items on the faywest.com site that never get deleted, including false statements about R&R editor/publisher being a lush,
    false statement that this editor was the subject of fictitious suits from work in the private sector that never happened and false statement posted there
    anonymously that this editor lost EEOC action against  2 mid-level county management staff once upon a time

    "You let me read the EEOC complaint and determination, but didn't you offer to meet with McCumber to show him the EEOC paperwork to prove that
    anonymous jerks post lies?
    Pete, asking directly

    "Yep. Offered more than once."
    Moi, replying before bidding everyone a good day -- one which a source predicts will bring a resignation of a key public figure in local government

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    The Barna survey, AM talk radio, HSBS & Mr. Lauer

    RANTS that 1 in 4 men do not think that unzipping and exposing himself constitutes sexual harassment. The surreal statistic of workplace drama comes from
    a survey of 1,000 Americans last month by the Barna Group. The religious-based polling and research firm asked those surveyed to list acts which did or did
    not, in their opinion, constitute sexual harassment.  

    Three in 10 American adults (29% of those surveyed) tell Barna they have been sexually harassed. Women in this group report experiencing workplace
    sexual harassment almost three times more often than men (42% vs 16% of those surveyed).  

    RANTS, too, that the younger generations also reported harassment at a higher rate than those older who were surveyed. As per the survey, Millennials
    (31%) and Generation X (35%) are twice as likely as Elders (16%) to say they have been sexually harassed, with Boomers somewhere in the middle (26%).
    A further 15 percent of all adults say they have witnessed sexual harassment, and almost one-quarter (23%) says someone they know well was sexually
    harassed.



    RAVES of hope that the stats improve from the recent media explosion of political, entertainment and media kings, who have very publicly fallen from grace
    after misusing their positions, roles and power to exploit others simply for sexual kicks.

    Oh, and while we're on the subject...




    RANTS to the insensitive male AM radio talk show host who refers to grown, adult women in elected, professional, row office courthouse positions as "girls."
    RAVES of hope that he grows up quickly and realizes he insults all female listeners and female advertisers with the use of that word.



    And, lastly, RANTS to the Herald Standard for not ending today's editorial, "Next! Growing series of misconduct allegations may lead to witch hunt," after
    the fourth paragraph.

    RANTS, after another network news anchor's termination for improper sexual behavior, that the editorial went on to paragraphs five through twelve
    minimizing the problem, essentially blaming the women for not speaking up immediately, when they first became uncomfortable with the unwanted attention.

    RANTS that the male writer assumed wrongly that most persons of any gender targeted did not say no at least once. What is the value or impact of saying
    the word no to one of four men (and who knows what percentage of women) who believe it's OK to flash his privates to attract a lover at work? (1 Dec 17)


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    Bullskin tax increase?

    RANTS to the Bullskin Township Supervisors for holding a meeting to double property taxes without a copy of the budget in hand to support the need for the
    increase.

    While the first increase in over 40 years may really be required to fund the township's next year of business, supervisors lost credibility by appearing at the
    public meeting without a projected budget in hand to discuss with citizens. Another meeting, nonetheless, will be held soon to review line items, revenue and
    expenses. (1 Dec 17)      

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    Happy Thanksgiving!
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    Blackout Wednesday: Tomorrow's newest DUI stats

    RANTS  on this hectic Thanksgiving Eve that more drunks end up driving drunk on this day than do on New Year's Eve or St. Patrick's Day.

    As per today's Trib piece, "Blackout Wednesday' tops St. Patrick's Day, New Year's Eve for drunken driving, police say," year-round, alcohol-related
    crashes made up about 8 percent of all crashes in 2016. During the Thanksgiving period, alcohol-related crashes made up about 13 percent of all crashes.

    While police theorize that more drunks may plan ahead the rest of the year to have a designated driver, police feel that some people this Blackout
    Wednesday through the Thanksgiving weekend may wrongly presume, starting out, that they will drink less than they actually do.

    RAVES of hope that at least more of the drunks this time around tonight, tomorrow and the day after will be smarter than those who came before them last
    year and the year before that. (22 Nov 17)  
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    Social media comments: muse again to latest defamation lawsuit

    Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but news of another lawsuit filed over harsh words posted on social media about others. This one we saw coming since before
    the heated spring primary election.

    As per today's heraldstandard.com, a Connellsville School District board member and his wife hired Uniontown attorney Sam Davis and filed a suit against
    the school district superintendent and his wife, over anonymous posts about the board member and his wife on faywest.com and similar or duplicate posts
    made on not so anonymous Facebook.

    The couple seeks damages starting at $50,000 from the superintendent and his wife.  RANTS if one penny of public funds is spent on legal or court fees for
    any of this matter. (20 Nov 17)
        
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    BHA director to appear in court Wednesday

    RAVES of hope that criminal charges of simple assault and harassment against the county's behavioral health director will be dropped at a hearing on
    Wednesday, stemming from incidents on October 6. A fingerprint order, first issued on October 13, was re-issued today through the courts.

    RAVES of hope that the whole embarrassing mess goes away quickly. The finger-print order adds a surreal sense of seriousness to the matter, though. (13
    Nov 17)
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           "Quotes Of The Day"

    "So the county prison board hasn't written the UMWA to say the warden says a photo the union newsletter published in an article about sewage leaks at the
    jail is ice machine condensation or clear water on the floor?
    Dave, asking

    "Doesn't seem that way."
    Moi, answering

    "Did the union ever tell you why they published the photo other than to try to gross out their union members reading the article?
    Dave, asking

    "Nope. One would think they would have at least one real file photo of sewage backed up in the basement of the jail that they could replace it with online."
    Moi, adding that not too many people care that the recent UMWA's Journal newsletter misidentified an old file photo as a recent sewage waste back up
    on the jail floor because, well, they know the union sometimes lies.


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    County delays another RTK answer

    Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a mention that the County of Fayette was unable to respond within the allowed 5-day period to a Right To Know request, to
    obtain correspondences between/among the warden, the county maintenance officer, the county prison board members, about sewage leaks, interruptions
    of water service, etc, in September and October.

    The RTK answer received today requests another 30 day extension to collect what probably amounts to a handful of emails or memos. To appeal to the
    state Office of Open Records. (13 Nov 17)

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    Could Kentucky's no-bail program work in Fay?
    70-percent in county jails in U.S. have not been found guilty of a crime        


    RANTS to hearing that seventy-percent of people sitting in county jails in the U.S. have not been found guilty of the crime.

    The story, published by the Associated Press, made its way to most large and small newspapers in the country. We're all in the same miserable boat, in
    other words, with so many clogging up the county jail cells, waiting for court dates and not being able to post bail.



    Well, not everyone really is in the same boat, the story said.

    Inmates charged with offenses in Kentucky have other options, for instance. Over half are determined after assessment within 12 hours of arrest that they
    can participate in community-based treatment services and be trusted to continue participation. Kentucky's rate of success is about ninety-percent for
    releasing inmates to supervision instead of being required to post bail.



    While this column doesn't necessarily agree with Kentucky on which charges are victimless, non-violent crimes, the trend for nation-wide county jail
    populations to be assessed and addressed and found to have similar issues is good to know. There's only one gnawing concern with this news release.

    Past Right To Know inquiries here at R&R found that Fayette County answered that it doesn't know how many inmates it has incarcerated who would qualify
    for specialized courts such as Veterans' Court, Mental Health Court and Drug and Alcohol Court.  

    Since that time, when any public discussion focused on determining these statistics, nobody still knew. Any movement towards identifying those inmates, as
    well as anyone who could qualify to participate in the Day Reporting Center, has to become a county priority, if it hasn't already.  


    In the meantime, since Fay didn't have accurate counts, we'll just have to accept the feds' claims that seventy-percent of all those incarcerated in county jails
    in the U.S. have not been convicted of crimes and do something about it.




    Why are Fay's charged but not tried inmates staying incarcerated instead of going out on bail until court dates arrive?

    If it's just the money issue and no bail bondsman would commit to serve someone, and Kentucky has had ninety-percent success with no-bail
    programs for the poor, why not try it here, for some who are assessed and found to qualify as low flight risk for participation?

    Fay definitely has to become more familiar faster with its incoming prisoners as they arrive at the jail and move as many out as possible to
    these kinds of programs Fay already has and to see what Kentucky and other places have that's also working to reduce recidivism for the rest.




    Some in Kentucky quipped that the no-bail method, with all its community based treatments and therapies, cost the public too much, or even
    more than incarceration costs. Counties are supposed to be tracking their own recidivism rates and be pro-active to revamp specialized court
    programs, if one or more isn't lowering recidivism and changing lives.  

    Critics of the critics there believe, though, that recidivism will decrease with many of those ninety-percent who succeed in the no-bail plan
    who are actively involved in treatment, drug testing, therapies monitored by the courts during the time that they would have otherwise sat in
    the county jail without bail waiting for a court date.  RAVES to Kentucky county jails for thinking outside the box and coming up with the only
    real type of logic to reduce recidivism.  




    What would the inside of the Fayette County Prison look like with fifty-percent less inmates there? We need to see. (6 Nov 17).



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    Goof in Fay lies about R&R editor in social media

    RANTS, as a few dozen, ages 5 to 73, in church in Texas so sadly get ambushed by a gunman, and that many more were injured, that some
    misguided, manicky soul here in Fay took with hysterical vengeance and hatred to a local blog to criticize this editor and this column with a
    slew of lies.

    Why lie anonymously about everything so easily disproven?

    Why be, well, such an ass? (6 Nov 17)
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    Mt. Macrina may sell off some land

    RAVES to the sisters at Mt. Macrina for deciding to consider taking proposals to sell off some of its land and buildings to fund the organization's top priorities,
    the continuance of the annual pilgrimages. The news is bittersweet, reading about it in The Trib's, "Mount St. Macrina an economic asset for Fayette
    County," since new young women aren't becoming nuns and the sisters there are aging.

    The sisters' decision to consider taking proposals for some of its land is a practical one, and we're sure the ladies will be smart about it all. In the new story,
    the director of the Redevelopment Authority said his discussions with the sisters have centered on housing for the county's older population. The large
    mansion in the front yard, the former home of J.V. Thompson, may be on the market, too.

    Restaurant chains, that redevelopment director said, continue to express interest in the retail hub in North Union and South Union townships.


    "All the national chains want to be on Route 40. I'm sure (the sisters) would probably get some interest in that type of use,” he told the Trib.

    RAVES of hope that if the sisters must parcel off and sell some of the land or buildings, they get a fair mansion price for the historical site and highly desired
    commercial properties and buildings, in an otherwise pretty landlocked area.


               \"All the national chains want to be on Route 40!"

    Lets remember those words in case in the future we hear that tax breaks are needed to entice iffy businesses into the region. (6 Nov 17)

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    Will Fay tell UMWA about the photo?

    While the county jail warden did not reply back with any other statement to answer other questions asked, county prison board members are being asked
    whether they plan on asking or demanding that a possible old file photo placed in a union newsletter section detailing recent sewage issues at the county jail
    be removed from the online Union Journal.  RAVES if the prison board does so and the union complies.  

    Meanwhile, the union formally has not addressed the photo authenticity issue since asked three days ago for comment. If the photo is a fake, RAVES of
    hope that its publication in the recent union newsletter was an honest mistake some editor or union Journal staff made without bifocals and not some
    intentional move to disgust its readers.  (5 Nov 17)

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    Warden: UMWA photo merely depicts ice machine draining

    Fayette County Prison Warden Brian Miller this early afternoon got in touch to dispute the authenticity of the UMWA photo describing sewage on the prison
    basement floor.

    In reply, Miller explains that the photo, seen on the right column of this web page after being published and circulated in the official UMWA Journal
    newsletter, in reality merely shows condensation and clear water draining from the white tube on the ice machine.  As per Miller, the machine produces
    condensation when it is making ice.

    "As you can see the water on the floor is clear, NOT SEWAGE WATER," Miller said today, adding, "therefore you was AGAIN misinformed by someone !!"
    Miller yesterday was asked for comment about the UMWA newsletter and photo but did not offer input. Please see the emails in the right column of this
    page. More to come. (2 Nov 17)

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    With some help from Vicites
    Prison Staff: Warden misinformed prison board, media, public

    RANTS that Fayette County Prison Warden Brian Miller had some help from County Commission Chairman Vince Vicites in misinforming the
    prison board, media and public five weeks ago about just how bad things got at the county jail when a plumber's snake trying to unclog a
    stuffed mattress busted a sewage line and flooded the prison basement.

    Conflicting accounts of what really followed next for several days was remarkable. While families and friends of inmates took to social media
    with concern that inmates for several days to one week had no tap water to drink or shower with, Miller and Vicites were quoted in The Daily
    Courier on September 26 painting a different or rosier picture.

    "I brought in some port-a-johns just in case we needed them, but we didn't have to use them," Miller told the Courier that day. Vicites in the
    same article said that he did a few walk throughs to check on things and "everything appears to be OK."



    Prison staff, however, disputed Miller's claim early this morning to Rants&Raves and had email record of alternate shift staff to staff -- or
    informal friend to friend -- communication dated September 7 that the "yard team was taking six guys (inmates) at a time out to the yard to use
    the port-a-johns."

    The port-a-johns, the prison staff said today, were used only a day or so at the very beginning of the sewage problem, but were used, contrary
    to what the warden told the paper.


    In regard to the photograph (See right column) which the prison union included in its recent newsletter showing sewage on the basement floor
    and drain, the staff speaking here this morning said he had no idea when the photograph was taken, "but it doesn't even show when it was
    bad." The back up of sewage into the prison basement, in other words, got considerably worse than as shown in the photograph.

    As per the prison staff this morning, "At one point officers and inmate workers were sweeping sewage out of that garage door" shown in the
    picture.


    Because the maintenance officer's office is located in the basement and the maintenance officer knew right away that there was a clogged
    pipe, then a burst pipe from the plumber's snake and soon noisy jackhammers brought in to break up the floor to get to the busted pipe, the
    prison staff speaking to this column today said nobody needed to complete a work maintenance order.

    Readers here all too vividly recall the warden being quoted one month later, in the October 26 edition of the Daily Courier as saying "no
    sewage was in the basement...no water was turned off except for one afternoon in the prison annex to install a valve."

    Miller, likewise, provided the infamous same-day quote in the Herald Standard, that there was no sewage in the prison basement, because if
    there were, someone would have filed a report.




    Meanwhile, as per the alternate shift staff's emails dated September 6 to one another, "D Range wasn't given drinking water until midnight
    shift last night." The correspondence continued to update with information that two other staff went to Lowe's and bought "all the ranges"
    Igloo jugs.

    "Fayette County Prison is ready for nothing," the staff concluded this morning when offering up his documented account of the several days
    to a week in September when the Prison Board cancelled its monthly meeting and its spokesmen gave some factual but also some
    misleading information out to the media and public as fact.

    See, and here we were with Miller's bogus Right To Know answer, shown in the right column, thinking it was just us.  (2 Nov 17)

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    Who's truthful? Who's not? Who's simply clueless?

    RANTS, with the publication of the UMWA's recent newsletter and photo said to be raw sewage on the county jail floor, that controversy still
    exists whether the union and community activist's claims at the last county Prison Board meeting are factual or not.

    To help clear up  the matter, members of the union local, county commissioners, the warden and sheriff were asked today to comment on the
    authenticity of the photo and date it was taken. Union reps, also, were asked why the photo, if authentic and recent, was not presented to the
    county prison board members at its October meeting.

    Readers here are well aware that the union rep at that meeting claimed that jail staff and inmates had to walk through a mess of sewage waste
    in the jail and that he requested that new boots be bought for those guards. The jail warden, meanwhile, told the media that nobody reported
    any such mess and sewage back up if it happened. More to come. (1 Nov 17)


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    Time for union to feed widows instead of PACs
    Time for Fay to farm out the county inmates, lay off staff

    Editor's Note: In light of the county jail union's recent swipe in its newsletter at Fay County officials for not building a new county prison, a re-
    print of a 15-month-old RANT follows. At that time, the union filed its case with the feds, saying the civil rights of inmates and staff were
    violated for what it called "intolerable" jail conditions.

    At that time, when nobody but the cheerleaders pushing for an all-new industrial prison seemed to agree that the current jail was collapsing,
    this column op-ed recommended shuttering the jail, farming out the inmates to other counties and laying off the prison staff. If being
    incarcerated in or working in the county lock up truly violated the civil rights of inmates and staff, it seemed to be sound and practical logic. It
    still does.



    Given that the warden just said again last week that he had no reports of raw sewage leaking inside the jail and that politicians who receive
    that union's campaign contributions are joining in the union to support an all-new industrial jail, R&R again advocates for the county to shut the
    jail down, send the inmates to other jails and lay off the staff for their own safety.

    If only the union paid as much attention to grandma and other widows living on its $800 monthly pensions, its need  -- in part through
    inefficient leadership -- to hope for a one-percent interest government loan for $600 million dollars to save its pension might not be so urgent.

    The quality of life for the pension widows scrimping to exist surely could have been brighter, for instance, if the union hadn't dumped nearly
    $1 million dollars annually from workers' wages into its Political Action Committee (PAC) to feed political campaign contributions.  

    That all said, here's the re-print of the 15-month-old Rant.
    jt
    1 Nov 17      




    Jail union files DOJ civil rights case... now?

    RANTS that the local union representing county jail staff fail to have a clear understanding of what little work that the former
    county jail ad hoc committee and former majority commissioners actually accomplished in over two years of planning, as the
    union filed a formal complaint of civil rights violations with the U.S. Department of Justice on poor conditions at the jail.

    In today's heraldstandard.com piece, "UMWA files complaint with DOJ over Fayette prison conditions," union reps, ironically,
    praise the work of the former commissioners and work committee, when in reality, as various Right To Know answers proved,
    very little was accomplished -- i.e.,  except for paying for a drawing of an industrial jail complex that ended up costing a few
    million dollars. Planning for a new jail complex in Dunbar Township came to a halt after the former commissioners Al Ambrosini
    and Vince Zapotosky accused one another of bid rigging, as readers here well know.

    Equally ironic, the filing of the civil rights case with the DOJ comes on the heels of the current board of county commissioners
    poised to open bids and award contracts for roof repairs and to acquire the former Army Reserve building near Uniontown
    Hospital on Rt. 21 for a jail. It's almost as though the union isn't listening and feels that an all-new jail could be built magically
    overnight.



    The only thing sensible for the union to do at this time is to insist that county jail staff do their work, report problems promptly,
    insist, for instance, that leaking sinks and pipes are not allowed to leak onto floors for weeks before they're repaired and
    demand the firing of any employee who prevents repairs from being made. The can really isn't being kicked down the road and
    union reps should really know that.

    If that's not good enough, then perhaps the county commissioners can improve the civil rights of most of the inmates by laying
    off most of the staff, closing parts of the building and sending to other jails all of the inmates already through the courts.

    Given that daily costs to house inmates outside of Fayette is relatively comparable to the cost that jail administrative staff has
    quoted it costs to maintain inmates in the Fayette County Prison, that might be the wisest alternative until the building on Rt. 21
    is ready, if civil rights are being violated. (21 Aug 16)


    Related reading:
    Al's RTK Answer that took the cake
    Al needs another road trip to Franklin
    Is it stupidity or bid rigging?
    Audacious Al's geo-technical wasteland survey RTK: Part I
    In Killinger's Own Words
    An all-new jail won't fix these problems
    Audacious Al: Take 3
    Ode Keefe: The many different meanings of the word troubling
    County delay of womens' jail: most of $1M in rentals didn't need to be...
    Audacious Al: Take 2

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    "Quotes Of The Day"
    "So Vince and Tim have kissed and made up and these two Dems have taken to the radio, even though their county party chairman unequivalently
    said "no" at the party meeting to the hourly radio show."
    Dave, Sunday morning at the diner, catching up on the antics of Fay County politics

    "I couldn't help notice that all the individual names of the radio hour sponsors have been deleted from the piece about the show on the
    station's social media page. Wonder why?"
    Dave's wife, commenting on what she found -- or didn't find -- on a new online read of the station's social media page

    "So does that mean the official Dem Chairman Jimmy D. put his foot down, the decent Dems in office put theirs down... or the station removed
    the list of sponsors for whatever reason?"
    Pete, just asking and trying to qualify options

    "Now are these the same Dems in Fay who in recent times called themselves the New Deal Dems?"
    Dave

    "No. The New Deal Dems are led by the psychologist on record at a state psychiatric hospital commitment hearing as saying he can cure
    Pedophilia."
    Moi, in response, hoping to help them sort it all out

    "As f'd up as Fay politics is, how about Greene County commissioners, in a no-bid move outside a public meeting, hiring a convicted
    felon* as a consultant and delaying the start of her job till the day after her 5-year-long probation ended?"
    Dave's wife, referring to former legislative aide Sharon Rodavich, who testified against former State House Speaker William DeWeese and
    pled guilty herself to felony counts of conspiracy and conflict of interest, for her admitted role in helping him use state-paid staff and
    public resources to run his political campaigns from 2001-06  

    *GreeneSpeak

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    New Dem weekly radio hour: good time to take a nap  

    Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note of a note of confusion reading the social media post for a New Democratic AM radio show that
    premiered locally a few days ago.

    The long list of sponsors of what is planned to be a weekly radio presentation of Dem candidates includes a couple big losers of the last
    general election, a few names of some newbies who never before ran for office and a couple very familiar names of current row officers with
    two more years to serve on their current terms.

    While there certainly is nothing new about politicians and parties using paid advertising to campaign for office and nothing new about trying to
    resurrect a dead political party for the next election, it's the included names of some current row officers, who appear to have a sense of
    moral decency and integrity, allowing their names to be part of a nightmare mix to support, well, a few well known liars amongst them, that is
    most concerning.



    RAVES of hope that some of those Dems with any inkling of integrity won't allow their names or personal funds to be used in sponsorship of
    any advertisement or endorsement of those listed among them known to promote corruption and oppression.  

    RAVES of hope that they realize they'll get votes from all parties down the road if they opt instead to distance themselves from the Desperate
    Dems among them. (30 Oct 17)     
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    Union, warden differ on interior prison sewage leak

    RAVES that some 200-feet of sewage lines will soon replace the county jail's original pipes, leaking enough outside in a few places to have
    formed two stinky sink holes a month or so ago. RANTS, though, that the warden and the prison union leader speaking during and after
    yesterday's county prison board aren't on the same page as to whether or not sewage actually flowed onto the basement or prison interior
    and staff and inmates had to tramp through it.

    The union rep says yes, while the warden says no.


    Six weeks ago, a Right To Know request was sent asking if the water at the prison indeed was turned off most of the time for about a week, as
    visitors reported on social media that inmates could not shower regularly and were to flush toilets only a few times daily. The RTK answer
    (See column to the right of this page.) quoted the warden as saying that there was no disruption of water service to the nearly 130-year-old
    county facility.

    Since that time, stories continued to circulate that raw sewage was leaking in the prison basement and into a nearby creek. Yesterday, the
    warden disputed the statements made by the union rep and a citizen to the contrary. The EPA, he said, assessed the creek a couple times and
    found no waste escaping into the creek.


    Given that union reps and the warden previously have misinformed the public with identical false claims or gross exaggerations, RANTS that
    it's difficult to know exactly who is sharing accurate information in this matter since the two disagree now. For instance, both the union and
    warden previously told the media and public that sturdy exterior prison walls were caving in when they were not and holes in the mortar and
    brick were such an overwhelmingly unfixable problem, large enough and loose enough for inmates to fit through and escape with little effort.

    RAVES, at least this time that the warden's claims that rumor mill tales of sewage leaking into the creek are false and confirmed with a couple
    EPA inspections of the nearby creek.


    RANTS, however, that the warden could have gone a step further in putting the matter to rest when assuring reporters from both local papers
    after the meeting that no sewage spilled out onto the basement floor. As per the Herald Standard*, the warden reasoned that no sewage
    leaked onto the basement floor where inmates and staff walked regularly because someone would have reported it.  

    Somehow, his statement and faith in staff reporting problems makes nobody here feel better, given that he and staff failed for years to request
    repairs or formally report repair needs. RANTS, since we'd feel better if the warden had assured reporters during or even after the meeting
    that he knew for certain no sewage leaked inside the basement because he actually checked the basement himself. (26 Oct 17)  

    * Sewer line repair set to take place behind Fayette County Prison       
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    No proof reading at the courthouse?
    DA's letter typo wrongly promised a proper investigation

    RANTS that a supposed typographical error in a letter from our former county district attorney to the family of a man, who died five years ago
    of a single gunshot wound to his head, only added to the frustration of grieving relatives, still unsure if the death was homicide or suicide.

    RAVES to WPXI's investigative look today into the 2012 death of a Perryopolis man, whose wife and step-son home at the time who claimed
    not to have heard any shots fired. Although a 2014 coroner's inquest jury recommended a year after the death that there be a police
    investigation, none followed. Specifically, the coroner's jury recommended that police submit the gun for ballistics and fingerprints, further
    question people in the home at the time, examine computer and telephone records, and question neighbors about suspicious cars, noises and
    activities that day.

    While the man's siblings and friends waited for new details to come to light, however, not much investigating was done. The former county
    district attorney and the local police opted to close the case.

    "I find that there is sufficient evidence to justify any prosecution in this matter," wrote Jack Heneks, former county district attorney, in a
    letter he wrote to the man's brother in late December of 2015, during the prosecutor's last few days in office after losing re-election.



    RANTS that today's aired piece tracked Heneks down to explain that the letter contained a typo and should have stated that he thought
    there was not sufficient evidence to prosecute anyone for homicide. He explained to the television station with the largest ratings share
    of burgh evening news viewers that he chose not to pursue the case.

    RAVES of hope that the sorted mess, now dumped into the lap of the current district attorney to follow up on the 5-year-old death and 4-
    year-old corner's inquest recommendations, finds closure for the dead man's entire family. (24 Oct 17)  


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    Fayette's next employee lawsuit?

    RANTS that the County of Fayette County, poised to formally ratify the termination of a county staff tomorrow for driving a county car to a local
    tavern during work hours, puts taxpayers at risk of another lawsuit for its inconsistent disciplinary practices.

    Last week, a county employee drinking alcohol in a bar during her shift while driving a county-owned vehicle, was fired, when others
    previously caught in that same situation instead were suspended and offered a chance to seek help through an employee addictions
    assistance program.
     
    RANTS, most certainly, that county staff violate employee policies and that some people, in general, disregard the law to drive with alcohol in
    their system. This column for 12 years has stood firmly on the take that nobody should engage in that type of dangerous behavior.

    But, lets be frank.


    On record here are old EEOC files in which some county leaders vehemently supported an entire county department drinking and driving to
    multiple bars on paid evening work time and spanked staff who opted not to participate. County administrators are on EEOC record calling the
    bar hopping nighttime training a "morale building exercise."  Since that surreal time, the county has allowed some staff drinking on work time
    to be suspended and receive alcohol treatment offered treatment.
     
    But that didn't happen last week. Why not?
       


    RANTS that county staff and administrators on work time sometimes stupidly drink and drive and drink and drive while having a signed-out
    county vehicle.

    Bigger RANTS, though, that county administrators inconsistently fire some but allow others a chance to be suspended and seek help. RAVES
    of hope that the county didn't buy taxpayers another lawsuit over last week's firing. (18 Oct 17)


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    "Quotes Of The Day" as state police head honchos meet in executive session with Fay prison board
    members

    "So the county spent $174,000 in 2015 to house county prisoners out of county, $150,000 in 2016, and will soon exhaust the $250,000 budgeted
    amount for this year."
    Pete, this morning at the diner, reading today's Daily Courier's piece, "FC exceeds out of county inmate budget," adding that officials
    attribute the situation to an increase in females being charged and a spike, in general, in drug charges

    "No, you missed the real story. Look at the second to the last paragraph. It says that the prison board met in executive session with two
    state police head honchos. Now why would that be unless a county employee is being arrested, was arrested or is the subject of some
    kind of criminal investigation?"
    Dave, in response, referring to the unexplained executive session with one present commissioner, sheriff, county controller, district
    attorney, the Uniontown PSP station commander and PSP sargent

    "Could be that they just need a drug snitch released for another sting."
    Dave's wife, supposing

    "Nah, they do that routinely without sending in the state police head honchos to a private prison board meeting executive session."
    Pete

    "What does Vince or Dave have to say about it?"
    Joe, asking out of curiosity, from a nearby counter seat, referring to two county commissioners by first name

    "Story says they were absent."
    Dave's wife

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    Married elected official posts ramblings of girlfriend on social media
            
    RANTS that at least one legally married elected official from Fayette County is so out of touch with Right To Know and Office of Open Records
    decisions and foolishly created quite the buzz with recent TMI (Too Much Information) ramblings and shared photo on social media of his
    girlfriend.

    Normally, Rants&Raves wouldn't go there, on a personal life item, but given the negative impact that his social and personal life had on Fay's
    reputation on national news wires one year ago, a RANT for his latest gaffe and lapse in judgment is well earned. Make no mistake; nobody
    hijacked his personal email and learned of the relationship in any underhanded fashion. His friends, you see, got the information and photo
    directly from him on Internet social media.

    RAVES, however, that the still married elected official quickly came to his senses and deleted the shared information on social media. RANTS,
    though, that he should have never shared the information on social media in the first place.




    Oblivious to the fact that the OOR this month issued a final determination granting a request for the Borough of Chambersburg to provide
    posts and associated comment threads, including deleted comments, that appeared on Mayor Darren Brown's official Facebook page, our Fay
    official has created quite the buzz among his pals for his lapse in judgment. Was he drunk? Was he just so happy that he could not contain
    himself? Doesn't matter.

    RANTS because Fay depends on an official such as this to make sound government decisions, when he clearly demonstrates that he cannot
    make them at home or on vacation with the new squeeze. (31 Aug 17)  

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           One year since Conn flooding, Texas has unprecedented flooding         

    RANTS that 365 days later, some Connellsville area residents remain still out of their flood-damaged homes or waiting for federal funds to
    compensate their loss when the Dutch Bottom area of town, parts of Breakneck Road and other surrounding areas quickly flooded. RAVES if
    recent talks between local officials and the feds can speed up the embarrassingly long wait those citizens have endured in getting reimbursed
    for their loss.

    While Connellsville area remembers the solemn first-year anniversary of the local flood that leaves some still out of their Dutch Bottom
    homes or just getting personal funds together to complete their bridges back to their homes off Breakneck, please try to help the tens of
    thousands of people displaced and still in harm's way in Texas. Unprecedented amounts of rain and flooding that started three days ago with a
    hurricane, followed by tornadoes, are expected to be the norm for at least another few days.

    Please donate to the American Red Cross, Global Giving, the Salvation Army of Texas, Global Giving or Samantha's Purse, to help those in
    Texas. The American Red Cross also is need of blood in Texas. Please help. (28 Aug 17)    
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    RAVES to stupid criminals...

    RAVES to stupid criminals who don't change clothes in between burglaries, allowing police to easily link them to other break ins or attempted
    break ins captured on clear video.

    RAVES that Uniontown city cops captured one such man in an orange hoodie breaking into a convenience store after he was interrupted
    trying unsuccessfully to break in the front door and then the back door of Pappy's in Hopwood and fled.

    RAVES that police believe the same suspect in custody also is responsible for several other burglaries in the area. RAVES that no cash was
    stolen in either of these two cases and that the potato salad, fried green tomatoes and other great dishes at Pappy's are safe! (24 Aug 17)

    ...&Rants to way stupid cops

    RANTS that an as of yet unnamed male, donned only in boxer shorts, was able to get into a parked state police cruiser at the Brierwood Acres
    Housing Project in Uniontown and drive like a maniac for 10 miles -- including some travel on the wrong side of the road -- before totalling the
    cruiser in the mountains.

    Fortunately, the car thief in his guchies hit, injured or killed no innocent drivers or pedestrians before police pulled a pit maneuver, forcing him
    to crash and overturn the stolen cruiser.

    Reportedly, however, state police in pursuit of him in Uniontown are said to have been not so lucky. Reportedly, two troopers first in pursuit of
    the stolen cruiser did hit something along the way in the high-speed chase. As of midnight, no other formal details have been released.

    RANTS because Fayette County seems to have more of its fair share per capita of high-speed police pursuits and crashes. Yes, we know
    sometimes those high-speed chases are absolutely necessary. No argument there.

    In this case, however, RANTS that the stupid car thief in his guchies today was able to steal and total a pricey vehicle because cops were
    stupid first on the scene. (24 Aug 17)  

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    County's next civil suit?
    Vicites, Lohr can county director of public works

    In a surprise move, Fayette County Commissioners Vince Vicites and Dave Lohr terminated Bob Carson from his position as the county's
    director of public works on July 28, 2017. No reason for the termination was given publicly. At yesterday's county agenda planning meeting,
    the subject of ratifying the approval of Carson's termination and replacement hiring was forwarded to the agenda for tomorrow's regular
    monthly meeting.

    Carson's hiring in May of 2012, as readers here can easily recall, was then viewed by critics of former commissioners Al Ambrosini and Vince
    Zapotosky as nothing more than Ambrosini's hiring of a political campaign supporter and friend. Carson was and still is a full-time, elected
    Connellsville Township supervisor.

    He, however, seemed to serve the county well, appearing to know what he was doing, with no doe eyes in the headlights look when asked for
    clarification or updates on different issues at public meetings.  His sudden termination is surprising, to say the least.

    Commissioners have been asked for comment.  (16 Aug 17)

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    Coming soon: the Duck Whisper's defense

    Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a reminder that some of us acquire our passion from an underlying drive, say, for instance, from The Music
    Sickness, or an obsession with sports, the arts, the love of and for our families and friends... and some of us grow up to serve our country in
    the military, get honorably discharged, and become senior, disabled veterans ridiculed sometimes for demanding basic, common sense
    things such transparency in government and that defenseless animals not to be mistreated, maimed or killed for kicks.


    Of those in that last mentioned group, maybe a few, or less, or maybe just one becomes known as The Duck Whisper -- and gets charged for
    raising her voice while protecting the flock or just one specific animal, say, for instance, that others have physically attacked, killed or
    maimed... all the while being followed home by a health care professional carrying a scary exotic animal and, reportedly, calling the veteran a
    nut.  

    Rants that this is not satire, but what regional tv news likely will jaunt to Fayette County to cover soon.  (16 Aug 17)
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    Fay Penn owes delinquent property taxes?

    RANTS that Fayette County's "premier economic development organization" seems to be delinquent some $3,868.44 in property taxes on two
    land parcels scheduled for public sale next month.

    As per the delinquent property tax list prepared recently by the Fayette County Tax Claim Bureau, the county's economical development
    guru, Fay Penn Economical Development Council, is in arrears for not paying county property tax on two parcels of land in Georges Township.

    While the group's website hails Fay Penn as "the pre-eminent 'first stop shop' economic development organization in Fayette County by
    providing comprehensive, second-to-none business development services through our staff or partners to make our clients more competitive
    in a global marketplace," we have to wonder what type of an example the organization sets by potential new businesses wanting to move
    here, by making the property tax sale list.   

    "We will provide unparalleled client service and satisfaction, using whatever knowledge, skills, and abilities are available, whether they be
    within or external to the Fay-Penn organization," the organization says and adds that its "ultimate objective is to sustain a supportive
    environment for business start-up, expansion, and attraction."

    RANTS that the giant organization, which is said to have handled $25 million in development dollars and low interest business loans, owes
    county coffers a little under four grand.  Seriously, could someone over there please cut a check and pay poor Fayette County coffers the
    sum? (14 Aug 17)


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    Charlottesville

    RANTS of the most horrid kind that Charlottsville, Virginia loses its wholesome image as the next big city to Walton's Mountain, to today
    become the surreal scene of murder, terrorism and racial unrest.

    RANTS that a blogger calling for a white supremacist rally there could have organized such a rally of pure hatred in present-day America.

    RANTS that history taught some absolutely nothing in regard to racism that should have been put to rest in the 60s. One is dead in
    Charlottesville and five critically injured, after an Ohio white supremacist terrorist drove a vehicle into a crowd to score points for his side that
    seems to want to take their country back to the days of slavery.

    RANTS because it's hard to imagine that even John Boy Walton, never at a loss for words, would be able to make sense of the madness in his
    back yard and explain it to little Elizabeth today, without her coming back each time asking, no, but why? (12 Aug 17)  

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    "Radio Camelot" loses Mad Dog

    Editor's Note: Sympathies are extended to the family and friends of Doug "Mad Dog" Malone, who helped write burgh Album Oriented Rock
    (AOR) history as part of "Radio Camelot" days, at the old WYDD studio. Malone worked at WYDD the 1970s and returned briefly in the 80s.

    Thanks to the Post-Gazette writer for getting in touch to help track down other former WYDD powerhouse voices, who, collectively, since
    those early days of free-form AOR radio, went on to be instantly recognized voices behind syndicated rock and music programming,
    electronic game voices and commercials -- and in Malone's case, also critically acclaimed music performance, jazz recording and production
    work.

    Malone died at 61 from complications of amyloidosis and spent his final days at a friend's quiet Scottdale farm.

    Can we see a show of hands of those recalling the guitar of Norman Nardini playing in the old WYDD promo ad while reading this, as
    condolences are sent to Malone's family and friends? (13 Aug 17)
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    Why not Fairchance?
    South Park, burgh police have zero tolerance for animal abuse

    RAVES to Pittsburgh Police for beefing up patrols of South Park to catch heartless idiots hurling large rocks at goats clearing park brush and
    the donkey protecting the goats from other wild animals. Who would have thought that the donkey would have needed human protection from
    teen park vandals?


    Meanwhile, RANTS that animal abuse seems to run rampant and goes unchecked at a Fayette County park in Fairchance, where several
    infrared cameras, surely by now, should have captured images of one or two kids or adults hurling rocks at park ducks or kicking them over
    the years. A quick internet search confirms that some citizens have been complaining for a few decades about the allowed animal abuse there.

    RANTS that the Fay park and town police, instead, chose to file charges against a private citizen, who's an honorably discharged, disabled
    military veteran, who attempted to stop the Fairchance animal abuse with verbal requests to stop. Lets hope that the charges are quickly
    withdrawn. Nobody should be charged for telling the bad seeds of Fairchance or adults to stop hurting defenseless park animals. More on this
    later. (12 Aug 17)     

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    Could, should Fay copy the move?
    640,000 NYC warrants for unpaid summonses tossed in 1 day

    Neither a RANT nor a full-fledged RAVE, but a wonder what if a knock-off reaction to this NYC gutsy move played out here in Fay. Officials in
    NYC opted to reduce court costs and lighten an already overworked court system in a big way, creatively under the guise of promoting a more
    fair and workable approach to low-level offenses, by throwing out 640,000 warrants written over a decade ago, for minor offenses such as
    walking an unleashed dog, jay walking and being in a city park after hours.

    Before anyone blows a gasket -- especially among those a few years ago who played the trump card rounding up decade-old Fay warrants to
    build a false need to build a massive industrial county prison -- lets be clear that NYC officials selected 640,000 warrants for minor, non-violent
    offenses for persons who were never in any trouble since. It seems that a pattern in recent years there became established that so many on
    the NYC warrant list of old, minor offenses were unaware there were warrants out until they were stopped for traffic violations or reported a
    crime.

    So 640,000 warrants there disappeared today in a New York minute.



    RAVES, though, to NYC officials for knowing their stats. Here in Fay, of course, we after years of jail planning still know so embarrassingly
    little about our county's jail population, let alone persons sitting here with outstanding warrants. Does Fay have enough of wanted individuals
    on minor offenses, who have not been in trouble since, to consider making a similar move here?

    Perhaps after someone actually gets around to compile a list of currently incarcerated inmates who qualify for Fay's under-utilized specialized
    courts and Day Reporting Center funded to divert incarcerations, Fay can start pulling decades-old warrants as NYC did today -- that is, if Fay
    really isn't still reserving the almighty warrants lists as another trump card in cue yet to play, to try to pack the county lock up and declare the
    sky is falling again. (9 Aug 17)   

     
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    "Quotes Of The Day"

    "Don't you think you were a bit harsh with your adieu to Marko?"
    Dave, today at the diner, referring to the "Quote Of The Day" piece one week ago

    "No."
    Moi, shaking my head and reaching over to feel Dave's forehead for fever
    Dave

    "Yes, but he also knew for 9 days before he published it that it was propaganda, still published it anyway out of bias towards the two
    slandered, took 16 long, lazy days to address the lie in his publication, in an editorial comment, in one brief sentence, only because the
    bashed and lied about ones forced his hand to do so."
    Moi, explaining why the last "QOTD" was really more of a good riddance feeling than an adieu, before asking Dave's wife in a whisper if
    he might have bumped his head recently
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    Former Trib staff still out there

    RAVES, sweet RAVES, that the powerful political cartoons by Randy Bish will return "occasionally" to the Trib's current-day dismal and
    boring editorial page, after the paper's massive lay off nearly one year ago of its full-time staff. In the meantime, his toons can be
    purchased or viewed at no charge on his facebook page.

    RAVES, too, that former Trib state political investigative journalist Brad Bumsted, who launched his own weekly news outlet, The Caucus,
    earlier this year, is still out there digging into the public's right to know about back door government deals and shenanigans. His is an
    independent news source well worth subscribing to and supporting.  

    RAVES that these talented people -- including their former Trib writer Salena Zito, who's everywhere  from CNN, The NY Post and DC
    Examiner -- survived and did not disappear, as did their former Pittsburgh Trib paper, no longer published.  (4 Aug 17)

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    Quote Of The Day" from the former local editorial page editor, terminated after 36 years

    "What will they cover or more importantly what will they not cover. In the end, this is a serious blow to our democracy..."
    that it's always genuinely sad when some really good people anywhere suddenly are furloughed -- and especially sad to those
    of us who grew up reading papers or worked at papers or grew to miss favorite writers, photographers and cartoonists, when
    papers stop being papers, were downsized or sold... to say nothing of hating that too many good journalists and paper people
    are freelancing themselves ragged most days as independents

    Nobody here, though, is ready to include O'Keefe in that respected group of writers, editors and paper people we'll ever sorely miss. He
    wrote with bias and omitted known facts that changed a story too often to excuse the spin to pure, unintended error or even sheer
    stupidity. We know better. That he took to burgh social media today to express his sentiments speaks embarrassing volumes. (31 Jul 17)

    RAVES that no county money for actual remodeling or construction was ever sunk into 32 Iowa Street, given that the building owner is quoted
    today on heraldstandard.com* as saying the water very quickly rose some 40 inches inside the building, preventing a door from being
    opened.  "We just watched the water rise, and there was nothing we could do," the owner said in the paper's photo cut line today.


    It's bad enough that the county was robbed paying for pricey interior design plans for a women's jail annex there.  It was a huge blessing,
    however, that Zimmerlink and Zapotosky stopped Ambrosini's plan to spin a flood zone and open a women's jail annex at 32 Iowa. (30 Jul 17)

    * "Heavy rains cause some major flooding in areas"


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    "Quotes Of The Day" on the Methadone Clinic mystery

    "Well, I see the former Queen of the closed methadone clinic is sentenced to one year in jail for distributing pain pills and other drugs that
    weren’t for a legitimate medical purpose."

    "Did they ever learn what happened to those 8,000 missing dosages that were unaccounted for?"
    Dave, asking about the drugs that the Feds said were not on site nor documented as being dispensed at the time of the raid, as heads
    around him shook no.

    "What about that mysterious Larry Greene, who supposedly was a patient without a chart, who the doctor wrote scripts for? Was he the
    one who tipped the Grand Jury to indict the clinic's staff? Was he a real person?"
    Pete's wife, asking about a mysterious person mentioned in the indictments that came down the pike before the clinic was shuttered;
    Pete's wife, continuing to comment, after a deep sigh, that it seems to her that this mysterious patient or staff deserves a medal for
    bringing down the clinic's operation


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    Fay Prison Board missed the boat, stranding some inmates

    RANTS of the most surreal kind, that  years into planning county jail problem resolution, that county officials still have no idea how many
    inmates sitting behind county lock up bars qualify for specialized courts designed to reduce jail population and provide specialized supports to
    reduce recidivism.

    While a Right To Know request from this column in past years to learn those details came back with a surprising "we don't know" reply and an
    invitation from a jail administrator to review court records and do the counting for the county, this column had hoped someone actually did the
    counting and referring for the county by now.

    RANTS, reading on heraldstandard.com*, that the county prison board still has no clue how many inmates today qualify for those specialized
    veteran, mental health, and drug and alcohol courts for non-violent offenders.

    Apparently, that all-important task was once temporarily dumped on a probation officer, who was not Superman, but still expected to do his
    regular full-time job as well as monitor and refer those cases off for specialized courts.

    Just how stupid can the county be to have negligently forgotten about this important matter, only until jail population increased and out of
    county jail rentals climbed?



    RANTS that non-budgeted jobs and promotions have been whipped up without second thought, and that county money flew right out the door
    with retroactive pay raises back to most of a previous year, while nobody bothered to care to re-assign those key duties of monitoring new
    inmates for possible target to the specialized courts and nobody bothered to yip about it until population rose.
     
    Now if that isn't Plain Stupid, what in the world is? (27 Jul 17)

    * "Prison Population and community service discussed at Fayette prison board"

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    Southern jail offering early release for sterilization

    RANTS that the drug problem is so terrifyingly horrible these days that the White County Prison in Tennessee is offering inmates an early release
    if they volunteer not to reproduce and have children. Surely, we do not jest.

    The Tennessee Department of Health is to perform vasectomies on 38 male volunteers and provide Nexplanon, a three-year birth control implant
    into the arms of 32 volunteer female inmates, in exchange for a one-month early release from jail. While the district attorney and ACLU oppose the
    program, the program is underway, supposedly, to help inmates get back on their feet without being overwhelmed by children. Surely, we do not
    jest about this, either.

    Critics call the month-early release program unconstitutional. The jail administrators and county judge, however, say it's a move in the right
    direction to help addicts overcome addiction and become responsible for their actions and themselves.

    From this vantage point, some 600 miles north, is the feeling that addicts most hell-bent on using when they get out of jail probably had their
    arms raised first to volunteer. (21 Jul 17)


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    Airport Authority gets Alfred a bronze memorial marker

    RAVES that one of the new county airport hangers will be named after Alfred Ambrosini, former one-term county commissioner, for all his due
    diligence and hard work getting Daddy Warbucks to donate one million dollars towards new airport hanger construction there.

    While Ambrosini, basically, did absolutely nothing positive for the County of Fayette during his four-year drain on the county payroll and left
    the county in such pitiful financial dire straits, it seems his efforts to get indoor plumbing and new digs at the airport hangers paid off in the
    long run.

    RAVES that Ambrosini's Sunshine Law gaffes and back room efforts to get his name on a bronze plaque across the street from the airport
    miserably failed, at his once proposed 480-bed industrial jail -- or the Alfred&Vincent Memorial Shire and Rehabilitation Center, as we called it
    here.

    We're tickled pink, though, that finally, finally, the man, who so genuinely seemed to need it, will be memorialized somehow. (20 Jul 17)
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    VA director tells social media
    Vicites, Lohr misinform media, public

    RAVES to Fayette County's Veteran Affairs Director, Madonna Nicklow, for taking to social media today to contradict statements about the
    collapsed county employee parking lot that Fayette County Commissioners Vince Vicites and Dave Lohr made to Pittsburgh television, local
    print media and the local AM station.

    While Vicites told the local paper that the lot, partially built of concrete suspended over Redstone Creek, was closed for one year and Lohr
    said to television and radio audiences that the parking lot was closed for two years, Nicklow told the local AM radio station's online readers
    that the lot was, in fact, never closed.

    "The parking lot WAS NOT closed. Fortunately, I don't park there, but most employees do. Thank God no one was hurt," she wrote.

    In a subsequent post, the county's VA director said that a "very small area" in the back of the parking lot was closed prior to today's collapse
    in the wee hours, but that "ninety percent" of the parking lot was always open.

    RANTS, embarrassing RANTS, that the two commissioners were unaware that the lot was not closed prior to today's collapse.




    The parking lot area was scheduled for improvements in recent months, however, as Pittsburgh media today rolls its eyes and says, "the
    county knew for years but did nothing" about the deteriorating lot because the county couldn't afford the repair financially.   

    RANTS that the county was pictured so horribly broke on television news today, when earlier this year Vicites and Lohr voted graciously to
    give non-budgeted pay raises to non-union county workers retroactively back to March of 2016, provided 2017 non-budgeted job re-
    classifications and sweet pay raises to a select few, contracted non-budgeted fiscal monitoring services with Susquehanna at $235 per hour
    with paid expenses when locals could have been contracted for about $15,000, and hired a non-budgeted administrative assistant for Lohr.

    RANTS that Fay dodged a bullet today over a stalled $18,000 repair only because the large cracked sections of concrete and steel beams
    collapsed into the creek hours before the work day began. (19 Jul 17)   
      
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    More local print media jobs gone?

    RANTS -- honest to goodness, in spite of what is written 15 days ago below -- if rumor mill today is accurate and another local newspaper laid
    off many of its writers. It's never a good day when news rooms shrink from just barely skeletal to almost non-existent size.

    In spite of the fact that this column has served up RANTS to the paper for cranking out often biased, one-sided political nonsense stories by
    not writing full stories, RAVES of hope that today's hot gossip is just gossip. That way, there's always at least a small morsel of hope that the
    lunatics running the asylum might realize they might sell more papers, more subscriptions, more ads and more photo orders if they sold
    unbiased, honest copy called news, rather than PR fluff unworthy to be called journalism.

    RANTS -- you know, if it's true -- because it's always a sad day when writers in groups lose their jobs. Even bloggers, who 12 years ago swore
    off writing for another publisher, editor or commercial publisher of daily news, are hoping the usually reliable sources are wrong this time. (17
    Jul 17)
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    Geeeeez! Local editor spanks elderly citizens again!

    RANTS to the local editor at heraldstandard.com for trying to re-write history while editorializing in "Deja vu?" and causing some of us to
    choke over breakfast. Certainly, it's deja vu, that this misrepresentation of facts is on the stands.

    It's OK to disagree, but so unprofessional to try to mislead the public.

    RANTS that memory recall is so poor there to recall the full story of why an industrial prison built on pyrite did not get built. RANTS that the
    editor cowardly blamed rude citizens for stopping the project with unkind comments at public meetings, and for failing once again to mention
    to his readers that one county commissioner a few years ago accused another of bid rigging and that second one turned around and, likewise,
    accused the first of the very same crime as well.

    To date, the proposed land for that shelved prison project goes unsold. On the market, also, are all adjoining lots in the still empty industrial
    park built a few years ago. Why is that?


    RAVES, one last time, to the citizens who spoke out against the proposed 2013 industrial prison, to the thousands, who signed a petition to
    allow voters to decide whether a new industrial prison on pyrite costing $40-60 million should be built, and to the handful of private citizens
    who spent tens of thousands of legal fees to successfully stop zoning approval of the proposed industrial prison.

    RANTS to the local editor, who bitch-slapped all those thousands of people this morning in a cheap editorial which reeks of bias and hate.

    How would the County of Fayette have started paying for that industrial prison had it been built? Given the financial disaster for a budget that
    the current county commissioners inherited in 2016, where would the county be today, financially, with payments that would have now been
    due, had that industrial prison been built a few years ago? Why aren't papers interested in making those kinds of serious inquiries?   (2 Jul 17)
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    Fed court slams Fay pillars of courthouse community


    RANTS that the financially strapped County of Fayette has dolled out a little under $400,000 to date and likely will spend tens of millions more
    for legal representation and legal costs over two aging pillars of the local courthouse community. The duo, once upon a time, are said to have
    destroyed key evidence and coached a witness to lie, in a sensational murder and sodomy case that sent the wrong man to prison for 27
    years.

    Yeah, so much for being pillars, we know.


    RANTS because some $400,000 or so later, a civil court judge in the former inmate's civil suit against the county concluded that the two former
    prosecutors intentionally withheld potentially exculpatory evidence in the case. It's one thing when we say it here, or when a brave editor
    editorializes on Fay's prosecutorial misconduct, or when the think tank at the diner thinks or says it.

    It's another thing, though, entirely, and extremely embarrassing to hear an outsider, such as this outsider Federal judge, speak of men who
    investigated and prosecuted crimes for decades in various capacities, including one who's still actively employed in his mid-70s as a senior
    judge at the courthouse.


    How will the county coffers be affected if the former inmate gets one or two million dollars per each of those 27 years he was incarcerated?

    Given that the county was not covered by liability insurance when the evil genius duo supposedly needed to win a case so badly that they
    rigged the courts, county coffers may not ever recover from the hit of a sizeable settlement or civil case award.

    Then, add to the astronomical sum that the former inmate may receive the amount of court costs to pay legal fees of his long-time lawyer.



    In the real world, the rest of us, no doubt, would have long ago been exiled up the river, at the very least, for obstruction of justice, if we did
    what this latest federal judge and other courts before his has said the two Fayette pillars did. We'll be angry and embarrassed for some time
    longer about this case. (29 Jun 17)

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    "Quote Of The Day"



    "The courts have ruled both ways on OOR decisions; I've seen them upheld and overturned."
    Melissa Melewsky, media law counsel for the Pennsylvania News Paper Association, commenting to Rants&Raves this week on the
    frequency of state Right To Know appeal decisions from the OOR being upheld versus overturned


    "Casey Mullooly, UMWA District 2 representative, said the study reiterated what the Crabtree study outlined and the view of the UMWA and
    the county prison corrections officers."
    Heraldstandard.com, "Fayette County Prison assessment study results revealed by agency," detailing some of the presentation meeting
    of the prison study to members of the county's Criminal Justice Advisory Board and UMWA members;

    Mullooly seemingly mistaken here, as the former county prison architect Crabtree promoted a new industrial county prison the size of
    Texas with so few staff (pssssst, means less union membership dues, less UMWA cash flow, Casey), to house what Crabtree wrongly
    insisted would be a constantly growing number of inmates, in spite of county specialized courts and a Day Reporting Center;

    Mullooly, seeming not to understand that the former architect/jail developer can draw pretty prisons, but otherwise got everything else
    miserably wrong about Fay's particular prison needs and missed the boat entirely with what has come to be grossly incorrect predictions
    in general of prison population trends nation-wide   


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    County jail repairs: a bit of Fay really moving forward

    RAVES in an almost warm, fuzzy way reading on heraldstandard.com that the Swiss cheese roof atop the county jail finally, finally no
    longer leaks rain and muck into the interior of the jail. We have grown old waiting for this simple miracle.  

    RAVES, too, that the same online story revealed that a jail basement door, that a jail administrator stated was jammed lock shut for years
    by the weight or movement from a supposedly caving foundation wall, was pried open with the strength of one ordinary man in county
    maintenance. RAVES that the door and wall will finally be replaced with a new concrete wall.  (15 Jun 17)

    * "Commissioners approve contract for repair work at county lock up"


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    1980 Menallen murder case, allegations of misconduct come back around

    RANTS that the allegation of prosecutorial misconduct raised its ugly head again in Fayette County, as the Daily Courier* reports today that all
    county judges recused themselves from hearing arguments from the SCI inmate serving time for a 1980 murder of a Menallen Township man. The
    74-year-old serving time for that murder contends that former county prosecutors withheld evidence from the jury. He wants a new trial.

    The county judges, as per the article, recused themselves because of their relationship with the two former prosecutors, including one who still
    sits on the bench in county court.

    While the man's case was previously dismissed by higher courts and may not result in another trial or a conviction being overturned, RANTS that
    past prosecutorial misconduct by Fay prosecutors came up again in topic in the news and ultimately could influence a new court's ruling in this
    case.

    RANTS, too, that this case, like the infamous Munchinski case, occurred before the county was covered with liability insurance.  (14 Jun 17)

    * "F.C. judges refuse to hear 1980 murder case"
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    Penguins on parade

    RAVES that some 650,000 or so people in the city of Pittsburgh today were able to flock to the Point to safely gather and celebrate Sunday's
    stunning Stanley Cup victory. RANTS that the key word in that last sentence has to be 'safely,' given the tumultuous and unsafe times for
    crowds to gather without a massacre unfolding.

    RAVES that no harm came to those in attendance today, a day that started with the political shootings in Virginia and progressed into a West
    Coast workplace shooting, all in the news.

    RAVES that Penguin fans got to take a healthy breather from all the horrible news in the real world and party the morning away, in grand
    parade style, without a hitch. (14 Jun 17)
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    Fireworks season is on!

    RAVES to the start of another fireworks season, with a splendid patio comfort view of the light show in the sky coming from the close of the
    Fun Festival atop Crawford hill tonight. RAVES that nobody in these parts buys into that practice of celebrating only once per year on the 4th.

    RAVES that surprise firework displays such as tonight's always seem to happen here in the country when patio lounging is on the agenda.
    Nothing, absolutely nothing, on tv can compare --  unless, of course, it's a U2 or E Street Band show set to fireworks! (10 Jun 17)
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    Penguins Rock!

    RAVES and Yippie to the Pittsburgh Penguins for winning the NHL Conference Finals against Ottawa Senators and heading into the race for
    another Stanley Cup.

    Centerman Sidney Crosby provided the set up for that amazing winning goal in double overtime and left the exhausted, die hard Penguins
    hockey fan upstairs in bed with an incredible smile on his face that he will always remember having on the eve before his last day of high
    school. (25 May 17)

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    Vicites' angst over a rainy day   

    RAVES and a chuckle that Fayette County Commission Chairman Vince Vicites exercised caution in not wanting to approve a contribution to
    the long-neglected county pension fund out of concern that the money might be needed for other things that come up in 2017.

    Funny, that thought or possibility did not seem to cross his mind four months ago when he:
  • graciously in 2017 gave non-budgeted pay raises to non-union county workers retroactively back to March of 2016,
  • provided 2017 non-budgeted job re-classifications and sweet pay raises to a select few,
  • contracted non-budgeted fiscal monitoring services with Susquehanna at $235 per hour with paid expenses when locals could have been
    contracted for about $15,000, and
  • hired an additional non-budgeted administrative assistant for his right hand second vote.


While the current board of commissioners approved and made a contribution in 2016 to the pension fund, past administrations did not contribute to it.
Readers here easily recall that in 2015, Alfred of Alfred&Vincent fame blamed the previous Vicites-Zapotosky-Zimmerlink board and pension board for
not feeding the pension fund, while Alfred's own public promise to contribute didn't ever materialize to being an actual deposit during his one term in
office.

Yes, readers here also know way too well that $500,000 in 2015 earmarked for the pension fund never was transferred to the retirement fund.


RAVES that there should be a pension fund contribution in 2017 -- you know, that is, if someone this time actually remembers to transfer the promised
allocation to the pension fund. (24 May 17)   
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    Pray for the Manchester massacred, traumatized survivors

    Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but another chilling mass slaying of innocents at the evil hands of heartless, sociopathic lunatics who truly
    deserve to painfully burn and rot in Hell for all eternity. Amen. (22 May 17)
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    Please, no more donations!

    RAVES to the kindness and generosity of readers with awesomely good intentions here who took it upon themselves to send checks, money
    orders and cash cards for Commonwealth Court legal expenses in light of the County's double filings to set aside this column's last two state
    Office Of Open Records Right to Know appeal wins. Seriously, readers, your kindness and generosity is amazing!

    However, we must ask readers to please stop sending donations, as this column cannot accept the well intended generosity and has returned
    those envelopes to the senders. All anonymous senders are asked to contact us at webmaster@julietoye.com to provide instructions on how
    to retrieve those envelopes. Any unclaimed will be donated to charity.

    Thank you all so much, though, for wanting to help right the County's cowardly wrong. From the bottoms of our hearts, your thoughtfulness
    means the world! (11 May 17)

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    "Quote Of The Day" confirming that we're losing the war on opioids

    “Gray Death is one of the scariest combinations that I have ever seen in nearly 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis.”
    Deneen Kilcrease, manager of the chemistry section at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, speaking of the discovery of "Gray Death," a
    newer and even more lethal mix of heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil and a synthetic called U-47700, which brought fatalities galore in Georgia
    and now known to be on the streets of Ohio and PA

    "Meanwhile, we're losing the (expletive) war on opioids here, with the (expletive) Fed's blessing!"
    Pete, this morning at the diner, reading up on "Gray Death," still fuming that the big FBI heroin and money laundering bust two years and
    five days ago resulted in no charges being filed to date yet against one local businessman taken into custody, who has since filed to
    retrieve his $900K seized in the bust

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    BHA group home man beat with a broom, staff jailed

    Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a whole lot of rage reading heraldstandard.com's online article*, about a Uniontown man with mental
    retardation being beat on his head with a broom by a paid caregiver in his public-funded group home agency monitored by the Fayette County
    Behavioral Health Administration Office.

    RAVES that the staff who bent a broom beating Billy's head is in jail for the attack. WAAAAAAAAAAAVES of shame, however, that the woman
    was permitted to continue working with Billy for a few weeks after staff heard her say she hates Billy.  Why wasn't she fired weeks ago?

    RANTS that the group home agency really could have and should have terminated the jailed staff last month when she verbalized having
    hateful thoughts about him. Billy would have been spared this tragic physical and emotional beating that resulted in his getting seven staple
    stitches to close a cut on his head that measured one to two inches long.  

    RAVES of hope that the beating does not cause any long-term emotional upsets for Billy T. (5 May 17)


    * "Caregiver charged with beating mentally disabled man with broom in North Union"
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    County takes another Rants&Raves OOR state RTK appeal win to court

    RANTS that the County of Fayette on April 26 filed a petition to the Court of Common Pleas, to reverse a second of two state appeals won in
    March by Rants&Raves to obtain denied county fiscal and operational information involving the spending of public funds.

    Much of today's 18-page snail-mail BS bundle is identical to the 18-page petition filed in a different appeal on April 11. Noted, however, is that
    today's bundle of court filings and docs also was sent to the PA Office of Open Records, while the petition filed on April 11, for whatever
    reason, was not issued to the state office. The state OOR intervenes to examine and determine outcomes of appeals that media, private
    citizens, companies, public entities and other sources file with the state OOR after access to public records is denied.
      



    RANTS that nowhere, in what now amounts to be 38 pages of paper issued to Rants&Raves by a county solicitor, does the solicitor attempt to
    clarify why the county said in legal affidavits it had no records that the county actually issued previously.

    Nor does the solicitor in any of the now 38 pages sent here even attempt to explain why the county would have divulged and blabbed one
    provider's "proprietary" expenses and stats last year, but got on its close-lipped high horse about sharing the same "proprietary" information
    about other favored providers in these RTK appeals that this column filed with the state OOR and rightfully won.   

    Again, RAVES of hope that the Court of Common Pleas of Fayette County decides it has no right to overturn the state OOR appeal wins. (4 May
    17)





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    County takes Rants&Raves OOR state RTK appeal wins to court


    RANTS that the County of Fayette defies a state Office of Open Records appeal to release county behavioral health Medicaid information to
    Rants&Raves and opts to ask the Court of Common Pleas of Fayette County to reverse the state's Right To Know appeal decision.

    Readers here know that initially the information was denied for being "proprietary" and private. Then the County said no such information was kept
    in County records, as the Right To Know appeal went on like a bad toothache for months.



    Only the County did, indeed, have the information. Not only did the County have the information, it said it didn't have the information that it
    previously had released. How did the County "forget" that it previously had and released the information?   

    As per the County's petition to the courts 14 days ago, honoring the state OOR's RTK appeal decision in Rants&Raves' favor would cause
    overwhelming problems, not just here, mind you. This, particularly, is where the County's court action to stop the release of information gets
    to be a real hoot.  



    The County's ambitious solicitors contend that "the OOR's incorrect ruling will result in adverse consequences that will extend beyond the
    Program in Fayette County, as it will negatively impact the Program in all of the other counties in Pennsylvania..."   

    That notion can't be anything but a hoot.

    The County also reaches and brings a chuckle to hear it's contention to the Court that "the OOR erred in failing to consider or apply the
    Federal Antitrust Laws."  



    If the County's opposition to honor a state OOR appeal really is all that, and if the County still contends in the filing with the Court that it does
    not even have such records, then how can the County with a straight face even begin to explain to a Court how it was able to release the
    same non-existent but private information a few months earlier?



    Public funds alone pay the bills Rants&Raves requested. Fayette should not be allowed to selectively discriminate which or whose operating
    cost information to release and whose duplicate operating cost information to hide. That was the reason for this column's two Right To Know
    appeals filed earlier in the year and won with the state's Office of Open Records last month.



    RAVES of hope that the Court of Common Pleas of Fayette County honors the state OOR appeal decisions. RAVES of hope that the Court
    might see that RTK questions started going unanswered after those monitoring behavioral health Medicaid inpatient care costs answered that
    they had no clue if any or how many behavioral health patients on behavioral health medications in behavioral health hospitals get discharged
    to outpatient behavioral health professionals and also might be involved in opioid medication treatment.  More to come. (25 Apr 17)  

      


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    Library bathroom heroin overdose

    RANTS that someone was quietly overdosing and unconscious already in the restroom, a few feet from the kids' section at the local library
    this hectic but carefree day before Easter.

    RAVES, though, to observant library staff for noticing that a male had been in the restroom for what seemed to be an excessively long period
    of time. After checking on the man's welfare, library staff contacted emergency medical services who revived the man.




    That all said, restrooms in the historic Connellsville Carnegie Library will be kept locked and a fund raiser is underway to supplement grants to
    purchase a surveillance recording system. Not that any of these measures will guarantee nobody again will use the historic bathroom to shoot
    heroin some future Saturday afternoon or Wednesday morning.

    Passing by cameras of grounds and doorways and having to ask for a bathroom key likely would not matter to someone, who, so likely, would
    still buy heroin even if bags came stamped to be Carfentanil. RANTS if overdosing by the kids' section in the library isn't enough to get
    someone to enter a treatment program. That scenario would have been the proverbial "rock bottom" at one time that might have motivated
    addicts of another era to seek help. (16 Apr 17)

     

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    Perjury?

    RANTS that in January the County of Fayette freely released information in a Right To Know answer to Rants&Raves, and the next month,
    under several sworn affidavits from two county administrators in appeals in two different RTK cases to the state Office of Open Records, twice
    denied ever having that exact same information in house that it released in that January RTK answer.

    With everyone county by March seemingly to be in unbelievably bold denial of existence of information freely added to that earlier January
    RTK answer, another RTK was made to clarify who indeed actually wrote addendum notes on that earlier RTK seeking what amounted to be
    operating costs. Was it someone who kept poor records who since resigned? Someone from another agency or department? Some
    contracted entity, perhaps? Someone with poor memory recall or a poor record keeper? You know, a real burn out or a former temp with an
    ax to grind?




    A RTK answer, however, confirmed the notes originated or were composed in house at the county, by a top administrator. The insightful but
    unrequested notes in question added to a RTK answer in early January were written by a county department director, as per the county RTK
    officer/chief county clerk.  

    That director, meanwhile, weeks later, and another official, twice since mid-March, provided affidavits to the state OOR in the related two state
    appeals that the stat-type information added in addendum note form to the early January RTK answer was never in their possession.



    RANTS because this seems to be no mere mistake, no excusable error along the sweet lines that we're all human and make mistakes in what
    we do or what we can or fail to recall doing or saying previously.

    The added notes, sadly, seemed to reek of shocking unprofessionalism, of someone's uncontrolled need to gossip or inability to control a
    personal bias or dislike for one specific provider targeted in the early January notes.