The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 9, 2014

Readers' Forum 6-9 | Will paving be for naught?

JOHNSTOWN — I’m curious, are we going to spend millions of dollars widening and paving Goucher Street just to come back next year and dig it up for the sewer project?

Also, I read that Quaker Steak & Lube has repeatedly been cited for noise violations. Even in a commercial neighborhood, if an enforcement officer hears music or noise while walking past the establishment, it can be cited.

My question is: Why do I have to sit in my living room and listen to a motorcycle that is two blocks away? Not only do I have to be bothered with the noise that they make, but the drivers rev up the motors to make as much noise as possible.

As far as I know, tampering with or removing the mufflers on a motor vehicle is illegal. But the police do nothing about it.

These guys have no respect for the rights of others, and the police seem to be terrified of them, so I guess we spend another summer listening to their racket.

Ken Kopco


It’s everybody’s duty to act responsibly

I am tired of the constant barrage of information and misinformation concerning the economy, sewage and clean air. There was a time when the town said you must obey its ordinances; the government, its laws; and industry was told to clean up its act. All did so.

I can remember, as a kid, seeing garbage along interstate highways, filthy rivers and decaying landscapes. Today, I see the opposite. I don’t think industry will take it upon itself to clean the environment, and I don’t think Johnstowners will initiate improvements for the future involving people they don’t know. It is a lot easier to let things slide until our generation is dead and gone.

As long as we have noted local politicians, trusted columnists and local scholars bombarding us with the facts that they mesh with sound logic and eloquence, it makes sense to rebel against authority. But facts plus logic don’t always make things true.

Please don’t believe everything you hear. But, always remember that if you are young or poor or downtrodden, the old, the rich and the elite are not necessarily your friend. Stick to the beliefs that are appropriate to your standing.

I am a poor Democrat, and I could never trust a rich Republican. As much as I may act above my station in life, I must never forget my roots when it comes to decision making. And I will always obey laws and civil responsibilities, regardless of politics. So should you.

Jack Fagan


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