The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 1, 2014

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JOHNSTOWN — A free America doesn’t mean freedom

Twenty-five years ago, I moved from my Johnstown home to the Bible Belt. I purchased a front-bumper license plate that read: “Buckle-up with Jesus.” Over the years, that $5 trinket has cost me more than $5,000 in multiple seat-belt violations, fines and court costs.

I have five full pages on my permanent record. I’m a career, habitual seat-belt offender.

In a free America – free to choose, free to accept or free to decline – we are not free to smoke pot and to not wear a seat belt.

Legalize the recreational, nonuse of seat belts instead and pass me another medical Budweiser, please.

Russ Olenick

Rafford, N.C., formerly of Johnstown

Wozniak concerned with safe roads

After reading the editorial in The Tribune-Democrat criticizing Sen. John Wozniak for backing the transportation bill (“Our senator is out of touch; does he fathom highway bill’s effect?”), I feel compelled to write.

I was very happy that Wozniak was a backer of the transportation bill that went into effect Jan. 1.

When I cross a bridge, I want to know that it is a safe bridge. Bridges have been known to fail.

Prices may go up on some things, but I would rather see prices go up than see bridges go down.

If anyone from The Tribune-Democrat knows a better way to raise money, let others know about it. And if anyone feels they can do better things for our state, then run for office.

Donna Beltz



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Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

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