The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 30, 2014

Readers' Forum 4-30 | City manager, council are disappointments

JOHNSTOWN — Here we go again. What is with our City Manager Kristen Denne? She is a college-educated person, and yet she has blatant disregard for the Freedom of Information Act. And the bad part is, our City Council isn’t doing anything about her.

What I don’t like is that it will cost the taxpayers of Johnstown money for the city to fight this in court. And we all know the city will lose. I say, let them pay for their own lawyers and not the people of Johnstown.

The next best thing would be to call for the resignation of Denne. If you have ever called City Hall, she will not talk to you. For some reason, I get the impression that she doesn’t want anything to do with the people of our city. As a city manager, she should be trying to answer questions from the people and not ignoring us.

And as for the City Council, I’m disappointed that members are not doing the job that we voted for them to do. And the same for Mayor Frank Janakovic.

I hate to say this, but I voted for some of the council members, trying to give them a second chance to make things right. But they failed, as far as I’m concerned. Come next election, I will not be voting for any one of them because they let this city down.

What we need are people who will think of this city first and not themselves.

Homer Mattes


All denominations worship same God

In response to Grant Shaffer’s Readers’ Forum letter on April 25 (“Religious values are slipping away”), I couldn’t agree more. I go to church because I feel if God can give me a week, I can give him an hour.

I’m a Catholic and was married in a Lutheran church. On Palm Sunday, I went to a service of the Protestant faith at the Arcadia Theater in Windber that, at times, had musicians playing Christian music, which was nice. And the Gospel message was so moving that tears filled my eyes when words were spoken.

A slide show was shown about Jesus’ suffering and dying on the cross for our sins on that fateful Good Friday more than 2,000 years ago.

I feel that no Christian denomination is better than the next one because we all worship the same great God, and he should never have been taken out of our schools or other public places.

Gordy Haluska

Richland Township

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