The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 3, 2012

Readers' Forum 10-3 | Making Strides event making a difference


— DEP, power plant pact assures good jobs

I applaud the state Department of Environmental Protection for supporting the Homer City power plant.

This company, along with many others, such as Rosebud Mining, is willing to use its own money to improve air and water quality to keep good-paying jobs in the area.

These are the jobs supported by the local trades and businesses, with many asking, where will we go?

The federal government helped the auto industry with money that these people are paying back. Where is the power companies’ help? They are not even asking for money, just a chance to help the economy.

These decent-paying jobs include benefits such as 401(k)s with a table-work environment. Is that not the direction we want to go?

PennFuture and the Sierra Club need to do reality checks and help find solutions, and not be part of the problems. Do they ever ask how many trees are cut down to erect windmills? They would be surprised.

What happens when subsidies run out for solar energy and wind energy?

Now, where will we go?

Bob Ralph


On pike debt, Act 44 makes no sense

In response to the Sept. 26 story, “Turnpike debt’s driving up tolls”: I read this article three times and still can’t understand the reasoning behind Act 44.

This “2007 law allowed the turnpike to take on more debt in exchange for providing the state with $450 million annually. To meet that obligation, the turnpike increased its debt by more than 181 percent and has raised tolls for the past five consecutive years.”

Apparently, there is no end in sight for these yearly increases. Did anyone in Harrisburg think this through? 

The whole scheme sounds ludicrous.

Back in the 1960s, I traveled the 18-mile stretch between Breezewood and Bedford on a regular basis. The fee was 15 cents.

Oh, for the good old days.

Jean Evacko


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What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

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