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TO THE DISMAY of older people, tattoos are a social trend that has become hotter and hotter the last few years. A Harris poll says 21 percent of adults have a tattoo. What rightly amazes Auditor General Jack Wagner is that, unlike surrounding states, tattoo parlors are not licensed or regulated (although a person has to be 18 to receive one). Last week he called upon the General Assembly to pass a bill regulating the state's 750 tattoo parlors (83 in Pittsburgh). Mr. Wagner has a point, although any bill should be done in consultation with established tattooists. Just as hair salons, nail shops and barbershops are regulated, it makes sense to regulate tattoo parlors, too, because their art involves the potential risk of blood infections.
TAKE A SEAT and cool down. Canonsburg council members voted 6-3 this week to continue allowing residents to set out chairs reserving choice spots along the 1.5-mile route of the borough's Fourth of July parade, the state's second largest. But they won't be able to put out chairs two weeks before the parade, as some had done previously to the irritation of others, only two days before. This compromise keeps the tradition going but also keeps it reasonable. To ban the Independence Day ritual would have been un-American -- and also un-Canonsburg. We hope nobody becomes too hot and bothered about this compromise. It's been hot enough in these parts lately.
First Published October 14, 2012 12:00 am