in the wound, but Republicans in Allegheny County did a better job than Democrats of getting their voters to last November's election, although President Barack Obama won the county on the strength of the Democratic registration. The GOP turnout of 181,000 voters was 72 percent of those eligible and 14,000 voters more than turned out in the 2008 race between Mr. Obama and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. The Democrats were a little less enthusiastic in November; they cast about 376,000 ballots for a turnout of 68 percent of eligible voters, nearly 9,000 fewer than in 2008.
ONE OF THE DUBIOUS features of politics is the attack ad and now it has turned up in a race that was once placid but is now bitter -- the election of alumni to the Penn State University board of trustees. The source of bitterness is the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal and the naive belief, refuted by the evidence, that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno should not bear any responsibility for the damage done by Sandusky's behavior after being told about it and doing little to stop it. An alumni group called Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship is placing ads in Central Pennsylvania targeting incumbent board members Paul Suhey and Stephanie Nolan Deviney. An ad in the Centre Daily Times last week said: "Suhey and Deviney voted to fire Joe Pa. Now they want OUR vote. Really?" Yes, really, because that was the only responsible thing to do at the time and there's no going back.
THE HISTORIC Allegheny County Courthouse, completed in 1888, is a jewel of a building on Grant Street, Downtown, occupying a place at the center of Pittsburgh's political and legal life for 125 years. To mark that anniversary, an appropriate group of present and former county officials -- Democrats and Republicans who know the building as well as anyone -- have formed a committee to restore the landmark. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald asked former executives Dan Onorato and Jim Roddey to lead the committee, which is a roll call of county history, including former county commissioners Cyril Wecht, James Flaherty, Bob Cranmer, Mike Dawida, Barbara Hafer, Larry Dunn and Robert Peirce. The yearlong 125th anniversary celebration will be used as an occasion to raise money for the building's restoration. For an old and historic cause like this, county residents should dig deep.