The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 3, 2014

Readers' Forum | Writer's scenario is way off kilter

JOHNSTOWN — On behalf of the board of directors of the Alternative Community Resource Program (ACRP), I would like to address inaccuracies of a letter (“Writer hoping his premise is wrong,” Jan. 27) submitted to the Readers’ Forum regarding ACRP.

ACRP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides services to youth and families in our region. Incorporated locally in 1989, ACRP is not under the ownership of any individual, as the letter states. Instead, it is governed by a board of directors that is legally responsible for making sure the organization remains true to its mission.

In nearly 25 years of operation, ACRP has expanded its services to meet the needs of our community, offering 28 service programs in areas of mental and behavioral health, alternative education, child care, juvenile justice, youth employment, after-school programs and recreational sports.

ACRP currently employs more than 350 people. Contrary to statements in the letter, ACRP board of directors and Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center finalized an agreement for ACRP to obtain ownership of the former Bethlehem Steel Corp. building on Walnut Street to enable expansion for ACRP services. ACRP operations will continue at 131 Market St. in the former Crown building with no plans to rent or lease space to the city of Johnstown.

The ability of a nonprofit organization to carry out its mission relies largely on the relationship it has with its community. Our growth is a statement to our commitment, and we are encouraged by the support of our community.

Carol A. Onufro

Chairwoman, Alternative Community Resource Program

Replace yield signs with stop signs

Does everyone really know what yield means? It does not mean to try to merge into fast-approaching traffic. It does not mean to try to outrun the driver who has the right-of-way.

It means to slow down and prepare to stop, until those who have the right-of-way have passed, and then proceed.

Most of us have experienced what it feels like to be the one yielding to those ignorant drivers coming onto highways and choosing to ignore yield signs.

If this continues, it can be deadly. The worst part of this scenario is that it creates an uncertainty, even when someone does slow down for you. You are never sure what will happen. At times, you even change lanes, which creates more confusion and just enables those drivers to continue to break the law.

There should never be uncertainty on the highway going 55 mph. This needs to be addressed by PennDOT before someone is killed.

The only answer would be to replace the yield signs with stop signs, because guessing can be fatal.

Let’s stop the confusion and insist something be done to change it. Call PennDOT and tell them it is important to you and your family’s safety.

A. Lee Fenimore


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