The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 18, 2013

Readers' Forum 11/18 | Council is to blame over CVS fiasco

JOHNSTOWN — Thank you for the article on Nov. 14 concerning Westmont Council’s decision to back the CVS zoning board appeal.  

It makes me realize that my ire with the zoning board was misplaced. Rather, it is council, who appoints the zoning board, that is to be blamed for this fiasco.

It is nice that Don Hall II can appease his moral conscience by supporting the appeal. However, where is the morality of using my tax dollars to fight this appeal?  And razing the dilapidated Stutzman school is not a moral responsibility? And what about the numerous unsold houses in Westmont? Isn’t there a moral responsibility to control property taxes?

There will be some new blood on council as a result of the November election.  One can only hope that council’s stewardship over the use of our tax dollars will be improved.

David L. Livingston


Filing complaint was waste of time

We have been getting a certain RoboCall for months now. It comes at least two or three times a week. It is from card member services and they promise each time that this will be our last opportunity for mega savings on our credit card.

They do not mention the credit card name so I infer this is just a crooked come along.

Of course, you can’t talk to an actual human being unless you accept the offer so we just hang up.

Well, I received one of these calls this morning and knowing it is my responsibility to file a complaint if I want anything done. I went to the Do Not Call website and I filed a complaint. After you click on submit you get this infuriating message. “Your complaint has been received. It will not be investigated but maybe sometime one or the other law enforcement agencies will be looking for something to do and they just might read it.” That’s not exactly verbatim but it is the jist of the message.

So once again all we get is a slap in the face when the government does something for us.

Barry J. Orner


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