The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 26, 2013

Readers' Forum 12-26 | Shady dealings with taxpayers' dollars

JOHNSTOWN — Good news for Johnstown and surrounding areas. We are way above the national average for ripping off taxpayers and locals who donate to community programs.

Lets just mention a few:

-- Greater Johnstown School District missing accountability for $8.7 million.

-- Kuchera brothers using millions of taxpayers’ dollars for their benefit and getting, oh no, house arrest.

-- Windber Hospital for asking for donations and receiving grant money for its emergency room project that will get started when?

And let’s not forget all the local nonprofits, for example, Richland and Windber fire departments and the Westmont Youth Football League, that were taken for thousands of dollars by people who were put in positions of responsibility that just shamed themselves by taking the trust they were given and flushing it.

Jeremy Kohan


Story time is one highlight at library

The Cambria County Library is a great place for people of all ages. According to my children this is the place to be.

Story time is a weekly event for my daughter and me. My daughter looks forward to a story followed by a craft weekly at the library.

The friendly staff at the library is very helpful and staffers do a great job working with the children. The library also has many other activities for people of various ages.

Please continue to support your local libraries.

Tara A. Adams

Upper Yoder Township

Uphill battle for write-in candidates

I guess Joseph Warhul knows something I do not know (Dec. 18, “Does voting not matter?”). He hears a lot of things, but mostly just what he wants to.  

The reality is, when the seat comes up, I will place my application in again, and my chances are as good as anyone.

He says about what the voters clearly didn’t want? Write-ins have little chance, everyone knows this. I was appointed after the deadline to be on the ballot. I did a write-in to show my presence and commitment, even though I knew it was a very uphill battle.

But as for the voters choosing, I received the highest votes for city council write-ins, coming in fifth, with the top four receiving seats on council. So maybe the voters did say something. But it is anyone’s seat, and I encourage Warhul to put his name on an application for the seat when available.

It is one thing to talk about doing end arounds from your armchair, it is another thing being on the field, taking the hits. I am taking the hits, but I keep getting back up. Isn’t that the story of Johnstown? Not floods, crime, unemployment, just keep moving forward.

We can overcome anything. That is what it means to be from here.

Joseph Taranto


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