The News-Item’s cheers and jeers from the past week of news:

Cheers to the opening of Gaudenzia’s inpatient program at the Coal Township drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility. While we’ve heard the argument that such facilities can attract more addicts to the region, that’s a tough point to sell when the area is already saturated with drug-related deaths and crime. Gaudenzia will give the addicts in our area an opportunity to be helped close to home, and that can only benefit the region.

Cheers to Coal Township Police Chief William Carpenter, who will retire on July 11 after spending 37 years on the force. Carpenter gave praise to the officers he has worked with and said it has been an honor to serve the citizens of Coal Township. Edward C. Purcell Jr., a lifelong Coal Township resident, will replace Carpenter as chief. Purcell’s time spent on the force was a factor in the Coal Township commissioners’ decision to promote him.

Cheers to the organizers of the Mount Carmel Community Garden for hosting a successful opening day on Friday evening. Those involved in the project hope that the addition of a community garden in the Mount Carmel area will help promote healthy eating.

Cheers to Aldi Supermarkets for holding a successful grand opening Thursday at its Coal Township location on Route 61. The bargain-minded German grocery store is a good fit for the area, and having more competition in the area can only help shoppers keep some money in their own pockets.

Jeers to the members of the Pennsylvania Senate who participated in a shouting and name-calling match over a bill to end a decades-old program that offers $200 a month to people deemed unable to work. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, we’re not paying you to act like children.

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