The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

March 3, 2014

Readers' Forum 3-3 | Her 'knucklehead' got us into this mess

JOHNSTOWN — Isn’t it ironic how liberals like first lady Michelle Obama blame others for her husband’s faults? Calling the millennial generation knuckleheads was just a little over the top for not signing up for Obamacare.

First, her knucklehead husband passed a law that members of the millennial generation can stay on their parents’ health insurance until the age of 26.

Second, her knucklehead husband has our economy so screwed up that the millennial generation can’t find work to pay for health insurance.

Finally, it’s been 3 1⁄2 years since the law was passed and the Affordable Care Act website still isn’t running properly and still crashes.

And why hasn’t the Obama family signed up for Obamacare if it’s that good?

Before she starts calling the generation that supported her husband for president names, she better remember the knucklehead she wakes up with every morning.

Peter M. Fedash

Richland Township

Landlords’ hands are tied

I have a story for our city council and state and federal governments.

There are two young people who are getting welfare and possibly Social Security disability. They lived on Messenger Street. This couple has moved into an apartment where the rent was $300 a month, with a $300 security deposit.

After they moved in, they never paid a day’s rent. They owe $1,800. And on top of that, they destroyed the landlord’s stove. The only thing they are doing is filing complaints with the city codes office against the landlord for not fixing things.

How is a landlord supposed to fix things when renters don’t pay their rent?

These people are considered squatters, yet the city goes after the landlord. This happens to many landlords, and something needs to be done.

My answer is to change the law to give landlords the authority to lock out these people and hold their belongings until they pay up. If they don’t pay, the landlord can sell their belongings to recoup his loss.

Some renters don’t even pay their utilities; they want the landlord to be responsible. I think what they are using the money for is to buy drugs.

Landlords should be able to give this information to the welfare office and Social Security office.

The city needs a website where landlords can find out about potential tenants.

Change the laws now.

Homer Mattes

Johnstown

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