The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 24, 2009

READERS' FORUM 6-25 | Rally is a time for beer drinking, noise

Wow. It’s time for Thunder in the Valley. Our family is usually lucky enough to schedule our vacation while this “event brings money and enthusiasts” to our fair city. This year, however, we were unable to accomplish that.

I realize that my opinion represents that of the minority, but I am compelled to state it. I have a few questions to ask of event organizers and participants.

First, would the integrity of “Thunder” change if there were no public consumption of alcohol permitted? As we returned from the beach on “Thunder’s Saturday” a few years ago, we passed a throng of bikers enjoying their favorite brew while sitting in a parking lot on Franklin Street.

I wondered what would happen if 10 of my softball teammates and I attempted the same thing two days later.

Another question deals with the shear volume of noise generated by scores of bikers as they explore our area late at night.

There must not be anything more enjoyable than revving engines at 2 in the morning in our residential areas. How would things change if local police enforced noise ordinances?

If my car sounded like some of the visiting cycles I would surely want to have it repaired.

While I realize that the actions that I noted do not represent those of the majority, they are, nonetheless, real issues.

But I guess my questions will have to remain rhetorical since this event brings hundreds of thousands of people and millions of dollars to our area.

Bob Truscello


An editorial on this topic appears today.

Sandyvale Cemetery plans unconscionable

It was sad and unconscionable to read about what is to become of Sandyvale Cemetery. I refer to The Tribune-Demo-crat’s May 25 article, “Lasting Tribute,” and the May 27 editorial, “Cemetery group on a mission.”

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