The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


July 8, 2014

Readers' Forum 7-8 | Clean, fresh water for hot summer days

JOHNSTOWN — Summer is here and many of us are heading out to spend time on the water.

We should be glad the Environmental Protection Agency has recently proposed a long-overdue rule that will safeguard water quality across the country.

This “new” proposal is really an old one:

It simply clarifies which bodies of water are protected under the Clean Water Act.

The proposal will restore federal protections to 2 million miles of streams – waters that provide drinking water to 117 million Americans and vital habitat for wildlife.

Like just about everything else these days, the proposal has generated some controversy in the halls of Congress. But many of those making wild claims about the rule may not have read the proposal or understand its sweeping exemptions for the agricultural community.

On the next hot day this summer, please sit down with a cool glass of clean water and send our members of Congress an email letting them know about the importance of clean water and healthy wetlands and streams – for our economy, for wildlife and for our way of life.

Edward Poder


Shame on government for punishing writer

I have never met Joe Morris, but after reading his letter, published June 29 (“Savings for scooter have been taken”), I have a great deal of admiration for him.

Government agencies necessarily need to watch out for lazy people who worm their way into the system. Morris is not one of them. He does not come across as being lazy. Living on Social Security and SSI is not easy. Making ends meet is hard.

Saving for a needed, expensive item is almost unheard of.

Morris has had to budget very carefully for years, living frugally in order to save.

He had a dream. Should he die before his goal is reached, his savings would have gone back to the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income anyway. He should not be punished for this. Nor should he be punished for speaking ill of a government agency.

SSI is supposedly for helping the handicapped and/or disabled. Shame on SSI.

The agency not only took Morris’ savings, it took away his dream.

Mary C. Andreassi


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