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July 30, 2013

Readers' Forum 7-30 | Is there a cure for 'disenfranchisement'?

JOHNSTOWN — I’m not sure just what it means for a person to be “disenfranchised,” but some judges and politicians fear this condition would strike those who have to produce valid identification to vote.

There already has to be untold legions of disenfranchised people because they lack proper ID to get a driver’s license, ride on an airplane, take a cruise or even cash a check (I had to show my driver’s license to pick up a prescription at Walmart the other day).

Nobody seems to care about these people. Or maybe it only strikes those who have to provide ID to vote.

If someone becomes disenfranchised, do they get physically ill, depressed, unhappy? What actually happens to them? Is there medication to take? Are there Disenfranchised Anonymous meetings to attend? Can one hope to ever recover from this affliction?

Let’s make sure that the government provides all assistance needed to those suffering from disenfranchisements of any form, not just the voting type. We cannot cause even more people to be running around disenfranchised because they are required to provide proper ID to vote, especially since they only have a couple of years between elections to comply.

Chuck Graybill


Pathetic attempt at paving streets

If you happened to be driving around my neighborhood, Moxham, don’t be alarmed. A blacktop truck did not drive around spilling asphalt everywhere while traffic ran it into the ground, turning the big bumps in the road to smaller ones filled with tire tracks.

What actually happened was even worse.

Johnstown’s Public Works Department came to Moxham after endless complaints to the city and pleas to council members from me and other residents.

I’ve been told this poor example of how to fix potholes that was left in the wake was due to a lack of manpower and a lack of resources.

I was a member of a construction union for 24 years. To me, it looked like lack of leadership and lack of the city’s pride. Here’s a tip: Fixing something once right is cheaper than fixing it 10 times badly.

If this pathetic paving is the best the city can do, then it should be ashamed of the product it is providing to taxpayers.

Here’s what your tax base does when you show them your improvement plan. House for sale: Front porch view of a collapsing building, a street like the lunar surface and a glimpse of the mess Johns-town is turning into. I’ll sell cheap. Expensive sewage tap is not included. Please get me out of here.

Joseph Warhul


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