The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 3, 2013

Readers' Forum 4-3 | Hilltop’s woes can be laid at feet of state


— Good food, prices will sell restaurant

Regarding the March 31 editorial “A city view we find hard on the eyes”: Yes, we need the City View Bar & Grill as an enhancement for the Inclined Plane. It was a very good idea to put a restaurant/bar there.

But, from day one, there has never been an adequate executive chef there.

Folks in this area want good, home-style foods with maybe one or two choices of something out of the ordinary. We’ve been offered wild game, saucy French foods and nouvelle cuisine. Just give us some good food for a good price.

To the next managers: Please, give us a chef who knows how to please the public, instead of himself. Then we’ll have a great place to take business meetings, out-of-town guests and parties.

Sue Laichak


Your choice – bats or infrastruture

In February, there were several Readers’ Forum letters about Route 219 South.

The completion of Route 219 will provide easier access into and out of the local area and, hopefully, promote economic growth, which we desperately need.

With funding being cut, every dollar should be spent very conservatively. We would like to think that most of us live within our means, and the philosophy that if you don’t have it, don’t spend it, should apply to all. I guess it doesn’t.

One thing that bothered me was the $800,000 that PennDOT was donating to the Indiana Bat Conservation Fund. I understand that the Indiana bats are on the endangered list, but, come to think of it, Somerset County could also be on that list.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for protecting and preserving our wildlife. But at what cost should this be done?

With Pennsylvania’s roads and bridges in need of major repairs and maintenance to ensure safe travel for all, do we really have $800,000 to help preserve bats? And the fact that we are paying for it should make us all wonder which is more important.

If you had to choose between preserving and improving our way of life, or the Indiana bats, which would you choose?

Voice your concerns by contacting your elected officials now: State Rep. Frank Burns, 535 Fairfield Ave., Johnstown,

Pa. 15906; state Sen. Richard Kasunic, 445-7675; or PennDOT, 717-787-5574.

Gwen Montgomery


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