The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 16, 2013

Readers' Forum 2-16 | Where’s financial help when you need it?

— I’d like to know where the help is for people who need just temporary aid. I have a friend who who fell off a ladder in November and broke a bone in her heel. She has been unable to work since then.

Her boss paid her December rent and an organization helped with January’s, but then she got an eviction notice in February.

She has been back and forth with the Community Action Partnership and welfare offices seeking emergency rent and heat aid. She even filled out papers, but has been denied help.

Now, Community Action has told her to come back at the end of February. By then, March rent will be due.

Why is it so hard to get help for someone who has worked all her life? All she is asking for is temporary help.

Just venting.

Pauline Kline


Fat Friday a fun time for a great cause

We would like to thank everyone who attended the Fat Friday event in support of the Roxbury Bandshell.

A special thank you goes to Tim Rigby, Lou Ann Reckner, Suzy Sichak, Leanna Noon and Justin Mowrey. They gave their time for the evening and did a great job.

We hope you all had a great time. We hope you come out and enjoy the summer concert series, which will start on May 26.

Deb and Lester McDaniel


Postal service offering attractive workweeks

It seems that for someone just getting into the job market, or for someone looking to change their career, the U.S. Postal Service would be the place to work. There are always help-wanted ads in newspapers and magazines offering postal jobs that pay $16 to $25 per hour.

Now the postal service has announced that, starting in August, it will make home mail deliveries Mondays through Fridays only.

The post office has nine paid holidays a year, and, of those, four are always on Mondays. Therefore, you would have at least four, three-day weekends a year.

If any of the other five traditional holidays fell on weekdays, you would have nine, four-day workweeks. This year, no postal holidays fall on Saturdays or Sundays.

I wonder how many other companies could survive having nine, four-day workweeks a year.

Gary E. Felski


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