The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

November 16, 2013

Laurels and barbs | Nov. 16

JOHNSTOWN — Laurel: The 125th anniversary of the Johnstown Flood is next year and the historic South Fork Fishing and Hunting Clubhouse should be ready for it. The porch is being repainted, the staircase is being repaired and the clubhouse is getting a new roof. The building, which the National Park Service acquired in 2006 as part of the Johns-town Flood National Memorial, has three stories and 47 rooms. It deserves to shine when the spotlight is on the park next year.

Laurel: Veterans in Somerset County who run afoul of the law now have the same opportunities to turn their lives around as their counterparts in Cambria County. A new program being offered by Somerset’s magisterial district courts will offer military vets facing summary offenses such as disorderly conduct or harassment the option of supervised treatment to avoid jail or fines. The program seems to be working well in Cambria County. We hope that Somerset County can make it work, too.

Barb: John Hugya appears to have learned much in the decades that he worked for John Murtha. Perhaps too much. While we acknowledge that the late Congressman from Johnstown did many great things for the region, we’re not ready to return to the earmark-laden system that Murtha epitomized. When Hugya launched a campaign for the 12th Congressional District seat currently held by Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley, it gave Johnstown another chance to have a local representative in Congress. But we don’t believe that a platform built on pork is the way to win the seat.

Laurel: Classical music lovers have reason to rejoice. The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra will bring together a wonderful collection of musical talent this evening at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center in Richland Township for “A Night With Amadeus.” The music of Mozart will come alive as the JSO is joined by four symphony woodwind players, the Johnstown Symphony Chorus and four soloists. It should be an amazing night.

Barb: Unfortunately, growing older doesn’t mean growing up for some people. How else to explain the charges that a 24-year-old New York man is facing? Johnstown police say that Michael Regan of West Islip, N.Y., stole a hat from a female conductor aboard an Amtrak train traveling from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia and that he and his friends played “monkey in the middle” with the hat. The train’s engineer called Johnstown police, who boarded it during its scheduled stop, but police say Regan refused to get off and fought with the responding officer before he was finally subdued with a stun gun.

 

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