The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 26, 2013

Readers' Forum 3-26 | PennDOT driver showed class, kindness

— It’s true. This did happen.

While on my morning walk along Route 869 in St. Michael on March 18, I was sprayed with slop and cinders by a PennDOT plow truck. I could do nothing but display a common hand signal to show my disgust and continue on my walk and forget about it; which I did.

On the following Friday, while walking the same route about 9:30 a.m., a PennDOT truck was coming toward me on the road and sounded his horn. To my surprise, the driver turned his truck around and stopped next to me. He rolled down his window and said he remembered me from earlier and then apologized for spraying me.

After a reconciling handshake, we parted. I did not get his name.

Wow. In what world does this ever happen? This one, I’m happy to discover.

This man did not have to do this. I had already forgotten and forgiven, knowing that it was not an intentional act, and feeling poorly about my signal.

Attention PennDOT supervision: Check your schedules. Find this man and if you have anything like an employee of the month award, he has earned it. (Perhaps even employee of the year!) This guy is a rare find. Hang on to him.

Joseph Faher


Paid advertisement a needless attack

In reading the paid political advertisement on March 24 by Mark Pasquerilla, I found his points relating to responsible county government agreeing with my own sentiments.

Transparency, bipartisanship and a priority of service to taxpayers are things all Johnstown area residents should be asking of their elected officials.

What rankles me is needlessly attacking the ghost of a relative of mine. Particularly when that relative had a positive influence in the birth and growth of Crown Construction, the corporation that gave Pasquerilla the means by which to place a quarter-page advertisement.

When I was younger, John Torquato and I had some lively arguments on the use and abuse of power. But the one area of which there was no question was his dedication to working men and women of the Johnstown area.

He was a man of his time. When times changed, he paid a price for not changing with them.

The need to reduce his memory seems petty, mean and pointless.

I feel sorry for Pasquerilla. If he needs a history lesson, there are plenty of Johns-town area taxpayers who would gladly remind him of his roots.

Albert Torquato


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