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April 29, 2014

Readers' Forum 4-29 | Tax on drillers will just get passed along

JOHNSTOWN — The race for governor is starting to ramp up. The candidates are on television, pitching their lines. Most, if not all, are calling for a tax on natural gas drillers. Other than that, there is little substance to their messages.

Some are calling for as much as a 10 percent tax. I wonder if they think the drillers will just absorb this tax, or pass it on as higher natural gas prices? I’m thinking the latter. Just when the prices have come down or have steadied, do we really want to start paying higher prices?

It would make more sense to just tax us. That would avoid the extra administrative costs associated with collecting these taxes. We will end up paying for it either way. We always do.

Things aren’t perfect yet, but they are getting better. Energy costs are leveling off, and the U.S. should be energy independent by 2016. Let well enough alone and stop with the taxing already. Were getting tired of it.

Paul Hersh


Bravo to students for production

Encore, Cambria Heights theater, for its recent production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

I hope that the administration and staff truly appreciate all the extremely talented and dedicated students who worked tirelessly for months on this musical.

A real shout-out to all the students who worked behind the scenes and didn’t get enough credit.

Special congratulations to teachers Patty Stiles, Deb Yablinsky and especially music director Mike Kokus and the amazing orchestra. “Maestro Koko,” well done.

If you missed the show, too bad. Please come to the next one and see what you’ve been missing.

These students are some of the best in the school. The time they spend together is so rewarding. They forge friendships that last a lifetime.

Please support these students. They truly enjoy what they are doing.

Sally Kirk


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