CARING FOR one’s fellow man takes many forms, and last week true kindness was on display in the unlikely venue of an Allegheny County courtroom. As Anthony Scholl Jr. of West Mifflin was being sentenced for slashing Colin Albright nearly to death, the victim made an impassioned plea on behalf of his assailant. Mr. Albright, who had been bicycling when he was attacked, asked a judge to ensure that Mr. Scholl’s mental health needs be addressed “above all else.” It was uplifting to observe such compassion and wisdom from a man who could have been forgiven if his serious injuries instead had left him bitter.
THE DECREPIT CONDITION of grave sites on property once occupied by former state hospitals leaves a bitter taste. Markers are deteriorating on overgrown cemeteries associated with the former Dixmont State Hospital in Kilbuck, for example. On Thursday, when the Post-Gazette published reporter Joe Smydo’s article about the problem, the state Department of Public Welfare expressed regret about neglect at Dixmont, sent workers to do some cleanup and promised to keep up with other burial grounds it still owns. Compassion for the people who were served by those institutions must extend to their final resting places.