The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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March 2, 2014

Readers' Forum 3-2 | It's up to us to correct government

JOHNSTOWN — The dysfunctional Republican and Democratic parties have become so out of touch with reality that they are destroying this wonderful country, once the most powerful and respected in the free world.

The parties are controlled by the lobbyists and their endless supply of cash.

They no longer do what is best for the country, they do what is best for their bank accounts. Most, if not all, politicians are millionaires. The agencies they control are creating laws and regulations that favor themselves, with no regard on how they affect the taxpaying Americans.

They consider the Constitution a worthless document and do what they want. When they are caught in their acts, they are promoted and given a bonus. There is no accountability for their actions. If you or I did what the government is doing, we would be in jail.

This country needs to unite and remove the stigma that is ruining it. We need to forget about being a Republican or Democrat and vote our conscience as Americans. If we don’t vote them out, our children and grandchildren will never be able to live the American Dream.

Fred Moyer


Ferndale road crew worthy of praise

We want to say thank you to the Ferndale Borough street department for the excellent way our streets in the borough are maintained.

We have heard many times from residents of other areas how they travel extra miles to go through Ferndale to their destinations because they can rely on our streets to be in good condition.

A special thank you to the men who do the plowing and otherwise maintain our streets. They are out all hours to keep our streets passable and safe.

Jeanne and Buzz Lehman


Technical rescue proves city prepared

I have heard many complaints about poor services in the city of Johnstown. I feel that credit should be given for what we have.

Recently, the West End Ambulance Service responded to an industrial accident. The city fire and police departments were also dispatched. This was a very complicated incident requiring a highly technical rescue. After about a half-hour, the patient was freed from the heavy equipment that had him trapped.

There were life-threatening injuries that needed to be treated quickly. With the combined efforts of EMS, the fire department and city police, the patient is recovering. The contributing factors were highly trained EMS, who were assisted by the Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center response unit and a command physician, a highly trained technical rescue team from the fire department and the support of the city police at the scene and during transport to the hospital.

I would also credit the highway department, which assisted in the safe transport of the patient.

To find such a close-working relationship of these services is rare in most places. To find such highly trained services in an area like Johnstown is even rarer. We have highly trained emergency services and a Level One Trauma Center that is willing to send a physician to the scene of an incident when requested.

Find any other area that can make that claim in a city the size of Johnstown. We have a lot of hurdles to overcome, but we need to look at what is good in Johnstown.

Ira Hart

Director of Operations, West End Ambulance Service

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What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

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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