The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 13, 2012

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— New commissioners no breath of fresh air

When Cambria County majority commissioners Mark Wissinger and Doug Lengenfelder were elected to office, many residents, including myself, were anticipating cost-effective change and a new brand of leadership that could be a breath of fresh air that the county so desperately longed for.

But, when I see these men spearheading a $10 million loan that puts the county millions of dollars in debt and hiring Gallagher Benefit Services at the cost of $100,000 a year when the county could do this work for nothing, my suspicions were rightly aroused.

Now, the commissioners vote to eliminate the positions of jury commissioners, a decision held without the input of minority commissioner Tom Chernisky, a longtime former jury commissioner himself.

I have to believe that the majority commissioners understand little about the meaning of the 2012 elections.

Holding “court” without the input of those involved is nothing more than mob rule. Backdoor, secret meetings are a thing of the ancient past. Spending money when we do not have to is downright irresponsible. The voters will not tolerate it.

Jerry Yahner


People have spoken; now get down to work

In spite of all the venom and hatred thrown at him by idiots like Donald Trump and religious zealots of all stripes, President Obama has won a well-deserved second term.

Hopefully, the Democrats and Republicans alike will now ignore the nut cases within their ranks and get serious about solving the many problems facing our country.

Ron Stephenson



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