The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 20, 2013

Readers' Forum 4-20 | Thrill seekers should travel Route 56

JOHNSTOWN — Are you a person who enjoys a good thrill ride? You know, you like the loops and corkscrews of a good roller coaster. Maybe you like the feeling of terror that can come from sudden drops. Or maybe, just maybe, your thrill comes from speeding down a track with others close behind.

If any of these describe you, don’t be concerned because our local amusement parks aren’t opened yet.

Fear not – I have the solution. Strap yourself in tightly in your own vehicle and join me Mondays through Fridays on Route 56 west from Johnstown into Indiana County.

No, there are no roller coasters, just multitudes of coal trucks whose drivers seem to have no constraints and, seemingly, no speed limits to obey.

The drivers of these multi-ton monsters drive too fast, follow too closely and seem to enjoy that wonderful sound that results from them spraying the gravel from the middle of the road onto your vehicle.

Only the most daring will choose to drive that sharp turn at the bottom of the hill just west of United High School. Wow, shazaam, Sheriff Andy. This separates the men from the boys. This is where the gravity-defying stunts occur.

Now, if time does not support you taking this ride, an abbreviated adventure awaits you at the corner of D Street and Fairfield Avenue as these truck drivers prove that they fear no traffic signal.

The only answer lies in our government’s mandate for coal haulers to be paid by the hour, not the load. Think about it!

Bob Truscello


Elderly not respected

Kids don’t have any respect for the elderly. I take a walk when it is nice. I use a walker.

I have the walk sign and drivers turn and say, “Get the (bad word) and hurry up.”

I can’t wait until they get older and see what happens to them. No respect at all.

Elsie Hildebrand


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