The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

October 12, 2012

Readers' Forum 10-12 | Director’s appointment ‘bump in the road’

— I read Daniel Hill’s letter of Oct. 6 with great interest (“Attempts at divisiveness not the solution”). I was hoping he would help further the air of cooperation recently developed between the Westmont Hilltop school board and the taxpayers. Unfortunately, Hill believes a difference of opinion on matters affecting the education of our children and its associated costs is divisive. The board has been working with the taxpayers the past year. It has listened to and investigated more cost-effective options presented by the taxpayers that protect the quality of education.

James Larkin’s opinion (Oct. 4, “Hilltop move questioned, director responds”) that Hill’s appointment was predetermined by several board members is just that, opinion. This opinion was shared by the majority of taxpayers who attended the meeting. It is impossible to conclusively prove if this was the case.

Nevertheless, in a free society, Larkin has the right to express his opinion and should be able to do so without being subject to recriminations from a board member.

There are, and will be, bumps in the road, but the cooperation between the board and the taxpayers has significantly improved. I view the appointment of Hill to be just that, a bump in the road. It is a short-term appointment – taxpayers can either vote for or against Hill in 2013.

The administration has been cooperative in providing answers to questions posed by many taxpayers. I have interacted with Superintendent Susan Anderson and (business manager) Gregory Sanford numerous times and am pleased by the cooperation and openness they have demonstrated.

J.L. Greco

Johnstown

GOP committee’s backward priorities

While traveling throughout the state as a Romney volunteer, I read the front-page article in The Tribune-Democrat that expressed the frustration of GOP state Chairman Rob Gleason that Mitt Romney is perhaps not doing enough for the ticket in Pennsylvania. From my limited experience with Gleason and portions of the party, the state is not doing as much for Romney as it should or could. It’s the same story ... gimme, gimme, gimme.

Gleason is not the only one guilty of taking rather than receiving. I found the same situation while traveling in Clinton and Lycoming counties. There was a stark difference between the Clinton County chairman, who could not have been more cooperative in assisting me to get the word out on Romney (the biographical sketch that shows how much Romney has given to his church, community and to the nation) and the Lycoming County chairman, who was more interested in what was in it for him.

In Harrisburg, I spoke with candidates who were so absorbed in their own races that they have blurred vision as to the presidential election. But there are others who are terrific team players and want to do everything they can for the entire ticket.

Gleason is not the best GOP state chairman that we have had in recent history. He is not as much a team player as he is a man who wants to know what’s in it for him. This has been said by other disenchanted Republicans in the commonwealth.

Eugenio M. Albano

Harrisburg

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