Monday, September 12, 2005

Duquesne Light -- here we go again?

Are we going to be treated to some new, decrative lighting treatments?
Duquesne Light Making Significant Investment in Region, Creating New Jobs State, County and City Officials to Join Company at Groundbreaking

Morgan K. O'Brien, Duquesne Light president and chief executive officer, will make a major announcement and provide details tomorrow regarding the company's commitment to its customers and the Pittsburgh region.

Scheduled speakers include Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Yablonsky, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy.

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: 2835 New Beaver Avenue, Pittsburgh 15233

In the past, the big civic improvement from Duquesne Light was the lighting of a bridge over the river. More was spent on the lights for the bridge than it would have cost to hire eight new teachers to focus on 9th grade math in the city schools. Most of the city school kids in 9th grade fail algebra one. Most get "F"s (or did when the bridge lighting need long jam was cleared).

I'm not sure of the city students' math scores now -- but -- I have a bet that I could find 101 better uses for the bridge lighting project without much thinking.

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