The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

April 7, 2013

Readers' Forum 4-7 | Know laws regarding 2-wheeled commuters

— With the changing seasons, the appearance of motorcycles and bicycles on the roads is upon us. 

During the years, the motorcycle community has done an excellent job in raising awareness among drivers to be mindful and courteous of their neighbors, family and friends who commute on two wheels.

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been as much attention given to bicycle traffic. It’s important to note that a new law was passed last year in Pennsylvania that requires motorists to give a cyclist a minimum of 4 feet between their vehicle and the bicycle they are passing.

This law was designed to protect everyone on the road. Details can be found by searching online for PA HB 170.

I encourage parents and drivers’ education teachers to inform new drivers of this law as they prepare for summer driving.

Aaron Ciotti

Johnstown

Welfare recipients are not superior

Why are welfare recipients better than working people? If you go for a job today, most employers require you be drug tested either before they hire you or right after.

According to a Readers’ Forum letter (“Issue photo IDs to welfare recipients,” April 3), welfare recipients believe they need their rights protected more than the working class that supports them.

I admit I used welfare at one time. It would have never bothered me to get tested.

Esther Weyand-Landis

Somerset

Vehicles are better, so curb use of gravel

Often we find that making one small change in our lives has dramatic and positive outcomes. Every year we must restripe roadways, breathe in the dust and put up with the debris and filth caused by the use of gravel that makes our fair city look dirty and unkempt.

The damage caused by dings, scratches and cracked windshields, not to mention the countless hours repairing lawns, cleaning clogged drains and the funds spent dispensing gravel, sweeping it up and storing it, must go into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The use of gravel was necessitated before the advent of selectable driving modes, four-wheel drive, on-demand four-wheel drive and winter driving tires. Snow plows do an effective job, we don’t need gravel.

By eliminating gravel, there would be no need to purchase, store or distribute it. No need to sweep it and store it after the winter is over. Eliminating gravel reduces maintenance for roadways, promotes a healthy environment and reduces chips, dings and cracked windshields.

The amount of mud and dirt that cakes our city after a hard winter would be greatly reduced. The dust would no longer permeate the air, get into our lungs and coat our businesses. No longer would our sleep be disturbed by the beeping of the street sweeper at 4 a.m.

Finally, the psychological plus of a clean city would lift the spirits of the citizens.

I recommend we investigate the feasibility of eliminating the use of gravel on city and county roadways.

Larry Stack

Johnstown

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