The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

July 11, 2014

Readers' Forum 7-11 | Sewage rates should be readjusted

JOHNSTOWN — Did you know that some cities try to help senior citizenss, not take advantage of them?

Our city officials are quite aware that most seniors live alone and only use one unit of water each month.

I called the sewage billing office and asked, “How much is one unit?” The girl said, “one unit is 2,000 gallons of water.” I never knew that. I never checked it out.

I also never knew that someone who uses one unit of water has to pay the same minimum amount for sewage ($35.32) as someone who uses six units, which is 12,000 gallons of water. That is a vast difference.

If someone is running 10,000 gallons more water through the system than I am, that person ought to be paying way more money than I am.

To be more fair, that rate can be lowered for those who use 1-2 units, and those using 3-6 units should pay much more. It should not be the same amount for both.

There has to be a certain amount of fairness to life. Don’t you agree?

Frank D’Ettorre is chairman of the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority (535-6564). I was told that he is the man to talk to.

Call and say that you don’t think it’s fair to pay the same amount as those who are using 10,000 gallons more water than you.

Tell your elected officials that we need changes, before November rolls around.

While you’re at it, mention how it bothers you to pay the same garbage fee for one small bag as those who put out 10 bags.

There are a lot of Baby Boomers, and a squeaky wheel gets attention.

A. Lee Fenimore

Johnstown

Editorial cartoon was misleading

I am responding to the editorial cartoon on July 3. It is my opinion that its author is either ignorant of the facts or is a liar.

It has been said, “If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it.” I am 63 years old, and the older I get, the more I have seen the truth of this saying. People fall for it almost every time.

The Supreme Court’s decision (regarding religious objections to birth control) actually said nothing about contraception.

It acknowledged that four of the 20 forms of birth control mandated in the Affordable Care Act are actually forms of abortion. They deal with killing an embryo or fertilized egg, in the mother’s womb.

To anyone with strong religious or moral values, this is unacceptable. Modern science has confirmed that an embryo actually has its own unique DNA. It is not an organ of the mother, like an appendix.

It is, in fact, only passing through, so to speak.

The Supreme Court correctly ruled that the government has no authority to force its citizens to act against their consciences.

As a father of a daughter and two stepdaughters, I believe that birth is a blessing, not a curse.

Paul Dubé

Johnstown

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