The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


July 19, 2013

Readers' Forum 7-19 | Renovations are talk of neighborhood

— This is to express our gratitude to the JUMP (Johnstown United Methodist Parish Inc.) program for the excellent workmanship and great volunteers who are knowledgeable and hardworking.

The handicap ramp and porch are the talk of the neighborhood.

Great job on the cleanup, also.

Bill Berger

Barb Nemeth

Old Conemaugh Borough

Drugs help to cause this nation’s decline

The proliferation of drug use among all Americans is the downfall of our nation. See the disintegration of productivity amongst all layers of the workforce and public servants, including politicians. Most do not have any real understanding of the effects of recreational and addictive use of various substances.

Education has been inadequate. The young read what is presented to them as gospel. In truth, many substances make one feel good, and we have been conditioned to believe that it is our right to enjoy ourselves. So drugs are promoted.

And one pays no attention to his or her  mission in life.

I have noticed that some seminal studies and research have been reprinted with material that might be politically incorrect. In other words, reality has succumbed to what one wishes to believe is reality.

If one wishes to fight an effective war against drugs, require that all employees of the people be randomly drug tested. If they fail, fire them. This would include teachers, legislators, police officers and others involved in public safety, governors, presidents and all public executives and staff paid for by tax dollars.

Perhaps after eliminating from the public payroll the recreational drug users and addicts, funds would be available to adequately treat the downtrodden who have lost themselves and their identities in the fog of addiction.

And perhaps we may be able to educate the youth to never descend to the abyss of pleasure and despair.

We must truly love our neighbors.

Sam Contakos


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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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