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November 18, 2012

Readers' Forum 11-18 | Board isn’t served by contentious atmosphere

— I recently watched on Channel 14 a rebroadcast of the October Johnstown Housing Authority board meeting. The tone of this meeting was disturbing.

At times, the board president was overly argumentative when it was unwarranted. He needs to bring his attitude down a notch. There are real issues to be dealt with and a board meeting is not the place for petty, personal agendas to surface.

Concerns were brought up by some on the board about benches outside Kentucky Fried Chicken. Apparently, some from the business community are complaining about loitering in this area by Johnstown Community Corrections Center residents.

Has anyone from the board ever approached the halfway house staff for assistance in handling loitering in this area?

I live at Vine Street Towers and on numerous occasions have sat on the benches by Kentucky Fried Chicken.

The truth is, when residents of Johnstown Housing Authority properties sit on those benches, or ones along Vine Street, they are met with looks of absolute disdain from some in the business community.

Dyrthe Wilson


American flag, pledge have lost their meaning

Will you continue to salute the flag? I’m sorry but, in all honesty, I can’t.

Think about what it stands for: “One nation under God (did they take it away yet?), indivisible, with liberty (a permit is required for everything you do from building a house to adding a garage or addition to your house to drilling gas, water or oil wells on your property) and justice for all (even the unborn?).”

Of course, the next step would be to add a few words such as “I (must) pledge allegiance” and “justice for all (except ...).”

Until the nation gets back to what it was when the pledge was written and what the flag once stood for, no flag will fly on my property.

Of course, the next thing they will try to do is slip a law through that requires every property to fly an American flag.

God needs to be back in America.

Patty Cunningham


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