The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 5, 2014

Readers' Forum 6-5 | Former bakery building is still standing

JOHNSTOWN — Accountability is needed by Johnstown’s mayor, city manager and council members on the promises made.

A commercial, blighted property, the former Harris-Boyer Bakery building, was to be demolished in November 2013. But the building still stands. News on the street is that the building cannot be torn down due to the large amount of asbestos. However, it still can be demolished. Overwhelmingly blighted properties are given special favoritism.

The city fails to keep its word on dealing with so-called blight. I guess it’s all in who one knows on council to avoid issues.

Leaders of the city needs to take accountability of what they say and not do as promised, or resign. The future of our city is for the next generations to follow.

Hopefully, they will do a better job, I’m sure, without napping during meetings, acting like clowns, etc.

B.J. Mroczka


How much longer will we trash our lives?

A subject has come up that I’m sure  most of us don’t look at. That would be trash. We all have some in our lives. We throw it away, hoping it will be taken away.

What are we doing as citizens, a community, city, county or state to reduce our trash?

I think this is a long-forgotten issue for some because we don’t want to think about our trash, about the junk we want to get rid of. We want someone else to deal with it, and we’re willing to pay whatever it takes to haul it away.

I don’t just mean the salary for the person who takes your garbage away. I’m talking about the price of what it does to our environment, to our tax bill, what it takes for each and every one of us to take responsibility for our trash.

Are we willing to pay more so that they take away more of our trash or are we willing to take responsibility to reduce our trash, recycle, so we can make a statement in our community that we don’t want some of this trash?

Is trash something that we don’t have time to think about, something we want to get rid of or is trash something that we need to look at as responsible citizens who are trying to leave a world our children can inherit before it’s filled with trash?

John A. DeBartola


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