The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

April 16, 2013

Readers' Forum 4-16 | Tomahawks won over local fan

JOHNSTOWN — I’m glad that hockey is back in Johnstown. I love the Tomahawks. They won me over from day one.

I want to let the boys know I am proud of them and am very glad to be a fan.

I know the last playoff game was a letdown. I could see the disappointment on the Tomahawks’ faces. I really felt for them. They have nothing to be ashamed of. They played good all year. Even the last game was played hard. I’m impressed with how far they went.

This Tomahawks’ team is great. They have great coaches in Jason Spence and Mike Letizia. They won me over, and I will always be their biggest fan.

Chris Truehl, don’t let that last goal keep you down. You are a great goalie, and anyone would be lucky to have you on their team. You are still loved. I’m glad you were here this year and shared your talents with the Tomahawks for us, the fans.

Colin Brennan, keep at it and maybe I’ll see you in net next year.

I want you all to know that you are loved by this fan, no matter what. You are all very good hockey players. I appreciate your work ethic. In know I will be losing some of you, but maybe I’ll see some of you next year. You, the Tomahawks, have my heart. I’m looking forward to another great year of hockey. I can’t wait.

Rosanna Heller

Johnstown

SB 411 could have harmful consequences

I received some disturbing news from Penn Environment concerning Senate Bill 411 sponsored by Sen. Richard A. Kasunic, D-Dunbar. This bill is meant to motivate gas drillers to use highly contaminated water from abandoned coal mines to frack. Sounds like a good idea, right? Wrong.

This bill has a back-door proposal to amend the Environmental Good Samaritan Act’s liability protections, which means that the oil and gas industries will be exempt from accidents or spills that can damage property and destroy lives.

And the bill is so vague that it is unclear if fracking companies will even be held accountable under our existing laws if they chose to violate them.

This bill is unconstitutional according to the Pennsylvania Constitution, Article 1, Section 27. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people. As trustee of these resources, the commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all and for generations to come.

Kasunic’s bill takes away our rights and hands them to Big Oil and Gas. This so-called legislation allows for the destruction and devaluation of our property and has the potential to destroy our water, air and the environment. A public hearing should have been held before any such bill was even considered.

I urge all Pennsylvanians to contact Kasunic at 717-787-7178 or fax him at 717-787-0195 and tell him to abolish this bill. Don’t take no for an answer. SB 411 is a bad deal for Pennsylvania.

Ken Gayman

Greene County

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