The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

August 31, 2013

Readers' Forum 8-31 | Technology center a missed opportunity

— This area has a real gem and high school students and their parents are overlooking its value.

The gem is Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center. Enrollment of high school students there is declining and this is a shame. The students can chose from a variety of training areas and attend for three years for free, while still receiving their academic courses at their home high schools.

Upon graduation, the students, if they successfully complete their area of study’s requirements, will have a certification into their desired field. This gives high school students an opportunity to discover if they are truly interested in the field before committing to a four-year college.

Students are prepared to enter the workforce or to further their area of study at a higher-education facility.

The staff at the technology center is wonderful and I think any high school student who does not consider the technology center is truly missing out.

Lori Horner

Johnstown

Fix traffic lights, end the annoying wait

Regarding James Love’s Readers’ Forum letter on March 16, “Traffic lights in city are ridiculous”:

I fully agree and wish to emphasize that the timing on most lights was probably set in the 1970s when Bethlehem Steel Corp. was the largest employer and caused congestion on the roads.

The lights I have found to be the most annoying are at: Menoher Boulevard and South Street; Napolean and South streets; Ohio Street and Grove Avenue; Ohio Street and Linden Avenue; the left-turn signal from Franklin Street to Napolean Street; and the long red light at Osborne and Franklin streets.

I realize that it costs money to make these senseless lights. You must wait even late at night when there is no one coming in the opposite direction.

Living in a city with no services, it makes it even more frustrating to deal with the traffic lights, not to mention the debacle with the sewers coming next year.

Sylvester Scaletta II

Johnstown

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