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October 12, 2012

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Elite group trying to take over township

Farmers and landowners in Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, whose property is zoned rural residential and who may be eligible to have their property striped for coal or leased for Marcellus gas, pay close attention.

An elite group of residents is trying to change the laws in our township to restrict or prohibit you from receiving income from your property.

A wealthy landowner who is not surrounded by RR-zoned property is proposing a 1,000-foot setback in strip mining instead of the 300 feet required by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

If you wanted to or could strip your property, you would possibly lose up to 700 feet of coal. If you don’t own the coal, you could have surface rights. We know how difficult it is for farmers and landowners to hold onto their properties with the economy as it is. Some properties have been in families for years.

This elite group states that it will stop the drilling for Marcellus Shale gas here.

Why should a small group dictate the use of others’ properties?

Township supervisors are seriously contemplating that change. I am urging residents to let their voices be heard before this gets acted on at the supervisors’ meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 17. If you are unable to attend, call your supervisors at 288-1400; fax at 288-2135; write to Conemaugh Township Supervisors, 1120 Tire Hill Road, Johnstown, PA 15905; or email at supers@contwpsupers.us.

Your input is most important.

Dorothy J. Marisa

Davidsville

Poor judgment by transit driver

I take local public transportation often. The majority of bus drivers are courteous and take great pride in their work. Oct. 4 was an exception.

About 1:40 p.m., I got on a bus at Walmart to return downtown. I deposited my money and went to show my pass. I was met with a strange shrug and an attitude of you’re bothering me, so I walked away.

A young woman who is mentally challenged got on the bus after me. From Walmart to downtown Johnstown, this young woman was allowed to stand up front in the aisle to the bus driver’s right.

To the bus driver’s benefit, she got to eat some of what this woman had in her bag.

With all the talk about distracted drivers, you’d think this driver would have exercised more caution. The safety of this woman and other passengers appeared to be only a minor, unimportant detail. Just think if this bus would have come to a sudden stop: This woman, especially, would have been in serious trouble.

Also, because a person is not in a wheelchair or has something not obvious to the eye, doesn’t mean you should make comments or assumptions based on your personal ignorance. I don’t have a walker with me for something fun to do.

Dyrthe Wilson

Johnstown

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