The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


May 12, 2014

Readers' Forum 5/12 | Scenic lookout needs makeover

JOHNSTOWN — With Route 403 closed on Cramer Pike, I have been traveling to Johnstown by way of Route 56.

While I do not know who is in charge of the scenic lookout on Haws Pike, I am appalled at the condition of the flags flying there and the area around them.

The American flag does not appear to be torn, but it looks as though it should be replaced.

The Pennsylvania state flag and the POW flag are in shreds. The garbage bin is overflowing. If there is to be a pull-off to view the lovely gorge and to honor our military, let’s keep it clean and in prestine condition.

Judith Conger


Ashamed for not helping veterans

Scare tactics and Chicken Little mentality, that is what I heard from the residents at the first meeting for the zone variance for a disabled veterans rehab home directly across the street from my home. I will attempt to give a rebuttal to the Chicken Little syndrome.  

First, the danger to the veterans walking on the area roads was a big issue. To which I say, I walk 3 miles a day, six days a week for years. Where is the issue?

Next, the issue was, the veterans would walk to the bar a quarter mile away, get drunk and be a neighborhood menace. This statement was made by an absentee landlord, who has a for sale sign in his front yard. Can he guarantee me that the person that buys his house isn’t an alcoholic? He cannot. He also can’t say a veteran would be a problem.  

If the neighbors are afraid of their property values decreasing, I share that concern. But if, as I heard at the meeting, the veterans don’t want a veteran’s rehab in their neighborhood, I am ashamed you are my neighbors.  

By the way, I have lived here longer than anyone at that meeting.

One other point. The person that said in a loud voice “you know someone with post-traumatic stress disorder can flip out in a second.” That person has post-traumatic stress disorder. Any facility that helps disabled veterans is welcome in my neighborhood.

David Jordan


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