Thumbs down: Elected office can be a thankless job.

No matter how you vote, you're bound to tick someone off.

But you still need to vote.

That's kind of how it works.

Maybe West York Borough Councilwoman Nancy Laird wasn't aware of that when she accepted her position.

The council last week deadlocked 3-3 on a motion to remove the borough's parking meters after Laird refused to cast a vote.

She didn't abstain because of a conflict of interest. She said she just couldn't decide which way to vote.

We don't know if removing the parking meters -- and forgoing the roughly $28,000 they bring in annually -- is a good idea, either. That's up to the borough council.

And that requires members to research the issue, then do what they feel is best.

That's what borough residents elected Laird to do.

If she can't, she should step down.

Thumbs up: To the York County Agricultural Society for another amazing fair.

"America's oldest fair" wrapped up its 10-day run Sunday, ending the latest chapter in a book that dates to 1765.

A total of 587,866 attended this year's York Fair, and planning already is underway for next year's.

Thumbs up: York Mayor Kim Bracey recently reassured city residents about the troubled Human Relations Commission's fate, which has been far from certain for a while now.


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Controversy began last November, when the commission placed executive director Stephanie Seaton on paid administrative leave and voted to hire an outside attorney to investigate the accuracy of case reports and the status of all cases dating back three years. Apparently using the findings in that report -- which has yet to be released to the public -- the commission fired Seaton on March 18.

The commission also has been losing members: Authorized to have 11, it has been operating with only five members for months. But when Bracey nominated two people to serve on commission last month, City Council declined to approve them.

"Water under the bridge," the mayor said last week.

Bracey also announced she's looking forward to the future of the commission -- charged with investigating discrimination complaints related to employment, housing and public accommodations -- and intends to fund it next year.

Good. That's the type of leadership needed -- but lacking until now -- to get the commission back on its feet.