Editor's note: We asked Councilwoman Rose Howarth for response, which follows:
Writer misconstrues housing company work
I take my role as a city council member with the utmost commitment to the taxpayers and the city of Johnstown.
I am firmly committed to doing what needs to be done to eliminate blighted properties and their associated problems.
I served on a committee with Donna Hess to create a landlord/renters ordinance with six other municipalities.
I voted for passage of the same ordinance in the city of Johnstown.
I have been vocal, along with councilpersons Marie Mock and Frank Janakovic to be sure the worst violators of the ordinance are pursued before any others.
I know there are many landlords who show as much pride in their rental properties as their own homes. However, SOME landlords don’t do background checks nor care if renters have a criminal history.
Doing backgrounds and references are tools used to spot problem applicants, i.e., “due diligence.”
NEVER did I criticize “legitimate landlords.”
I voted for, support and attend the Crime and Violence Committee meetings, participated in the Moxham Walk and the West End Crime Watch.
I will say, do and vote for what is necessary to eliminate drugs, violence and murders in Johnstown.
Johnstown Lease Housing has absolutely nothing to do with public housing or Section 8, and to imply, suggest or insinuate Johnstown Lease Housing is linked to these crimes, is ridiculous.
Furthermore, if changing hats would correct any of these problems even one notch better, I would wear a wool hat on a hot August day!
Please feel free to contact me (322-5558) so that you can personally air any of your concerns.
In case of robbery, know what to do
What would you do if confronted by a robber (gunman) in your business?
Here’s what you should do, according to information provided by the Johnstown Police Department.
* Remain calm.
* Listen to the robber’s instructions carefully.
* Give the robber whatever he or she asks for. Don’t resist.
* Memorize what the robber looks like. Any scars or tattoos?
* The life you save may be your own.
God bless America every day and in every way.
Paul C. Rinker