The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

March 13, 2014

Readers' Forum 3-13 | For sake of families, repair bridge

JOHNSTOWN — The Tremont Road bridge in Lower Yoder Township has been closed for nearly five years due to structural problems.

A field-view meeting was held with engineer Craig Weaver, township supervisors and other government officials on Aug. 13, 2009. Weaver offered three options ranging from $50,000 to $400,000.

To date, despite strenuous efforts by the supervisors to secure grants, there is no indication that such funding will be available in the foreseeable future, if ever.

As a result, we urge the board of supervisors to seriously consider the option of repairing the bridge at the estimated cost of $50,000, since replacement at $200,000 seems unlikely.

There are 47 families served by the bridge. We are concerned that we are no longer minutes away from fire protection due to the approximately one-mile detour the fire company must now take.

The closed bridge is an eyesore that could adversely effect the property values in our residential community.

Is there no solution for this problem?

Charles and Doris Todorich

Johnstown

Corporate America needs to change

China owns us. That’s right. China owns most of our federal government’s debt. For any one foreign nation to own us is scary. The fact that China does is scarier.

How do we change this? We need a federal government budget surplus. How do we get a surplus? We need most Americans to go from living paycheck-to-paycheck and instead have savings for college funds, retirement funds and a “rainy day fund” while keeping up-to-date with all other bills.

How do we make this change? We don’t. Instead, corporate America needs to change.

Executives needs to go from being paid $100 million a year to $10 million a year, and the pay for U.S. workers who prove themselves worthy should be at least $60,000 a year. Adults cannot prove themselves worthy if they mop floors, flip burgers or fold sweaters.

Many hardworking Americans are not college material so they need manufacturing jobs.

John Rodgers Jr.

Somerset

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