The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 16, 2012

Readers' Forum 11-16 | Real entitlements go to our legislators

— I have grown weary of listening to our Republican-controlled U.S. House calling Medicare and Social Security entitlements.

We seniors paid into these two programs during our working years and still pay into Medicare, even though we are on pension.

The real entitlements are the enormous pensions, free health and life insurances and gasoline, cars and other transportation fees awarded our legislators, along with the inflated per diem they charge and  receive, all paid for by American taxpayers.

It’s time Congress members did the job they were elected to do and quit playing petty, childish politics.

Wake up, America.

Donald G. Mishler


Different prices on gas don’t add up

It seems strange that a convenience store chain does not have the same price for gasoline at all its stations in our area.

On Sunday, we were in Ebensburg and gas was $3.43.9 a gallon. On Monday, on Scalp Avenue in Richland Township, it was $3.49.9 a gallon and on Galleria Drive in Richland it was $3.69.9 a gallon.

The different prices don’t add up. What is going on? Are some stations taking advantage of people?

Donna Black


City leaders failing residents who care

I’ve written several times praising our city, and its West End section in particular. However, after a city tour with an out-of-town family member, I now realize I was wrong.

My advice to our youth is to get out of Dodge. This city is done. Why? Our leaders in City Hall have no control, nor do they apparently care as long as they have a job.

There are no or little restrictions on tax-exempt public housing, on Section 8 and out-of-town buyers or on multi-home buyers who purchase homes, do some repair work and walk away, letting the structures fall into disrepair.

They get paid by the government. Our tax dollars at work.

The city has buckled on inspecting rentals and unsafe housing. They allow dilapidated buildings to stand – regardless of public safety – and then offer excuses.

We don’t even know who owns them.

Make laws to protect our city and enforce them.

Those who complain are labeled as troublemakers. In my book, they are “guilty” only of caring. They see the rot every day.

Nursing homes, some of which hide behind religious names, should pay property taxes, too. They are in business for a profit, like hospitals.

The tax burden falls to the everyday person. I wish good luck to those who are stuck here. But tell others to get out while they still can. Without fair taxation, we will always be a distressed city.

Lindy Yutzy


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