The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 16, 2013

Readers' Forum 3-16 | Traffic lights in city are ridiculous

JOHNSTOWN — The city of Johnstown is costing us all money, but they are not the only ones – only the worst. How is this? Because of poor traffic light control.

No one should have to wait more than 5 seconds at a red light (if no traffic is coming the other way with the green light) before it changes to green. If I am on a street with stop signs, it only takes 5 seconds after stopping (and with no traffic coming from other directions) to proceed on my way.

Several intersections that are bad:

-- Franklin Street at Napoleon and Hickory streets. On one occasion, there were 22 automobiles including myself waiting 106 seconds before anybody got the green to go. I was on Franklin Street headed outbound. It took more than two minutes before I got to go. This is ridiculous in this day of automatic control. I could have been home already, living not far from there.

-- Central Avenue at Osborne, Ohio and Bond streets.

-- Osborne and Franklin streets.

And how about those lights on Ohio Street? They change red even though no one is at any side street waiting to pull onto Ohio Street.

Not only is this costing money, sitting there idling for no good reason, but it adds to pollution that doesn’t have to happen,  traffic congestion and possibly accidents.

James Love


Bewildered by what we will, won’t tolerate

While reading the news and Readers’ Forum the past several weeks, it’s become intriguing, perhaps puzzling, at what we will tolerate and what we won’t.

On the national landscape leading up to the budget sequester, we were told that the 2 percent cuts would keep kids from eating and teachers, firefighters and police would be laid off and perhaps the sky would fall. This fearmongering created an air of intolerance among us.

But billions in foreign aid, fighter jets and drones are still going to countries that want us dead, and we sit by and tolerate that.

On the state level, we’ve elected a governor and Legislature to start down the path of fiscal responsibility to save Pennsylvania from the fate of other states and cities in financial ruin. But the mere mention of ideas that could possibly create that environment, even when compared to other successes, just can’t be tolerated, yet higher unemployment numbers and taxes are.

Even here at home, we just can’t tolerate an elected representative that doesn’t actually live in Johnstown, but we had no concern for those that were represented when their representative lived here. Apparently, we can tolerate job losses in our area but find it impossible to tolerate the loss of KDKA from the local cable provider.

Government stripping us of our rights, churches dying, abortions by the millions, higher taxes, embarrassing education and schools, poor national security and foreign policy are all seemingly tolerated. But when it comes to personal inconvenience  ... look out.

Marvin R. Gindlesperger


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