The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

February 23, 2013

Readers' Forum 2-23 | Action needed to restore Moxham

— Crime, coming to a neighborhood near you. I wish that was a joke, but it’s not.

In the past, Kernville was fairly bad until the houses started coming down, but as the houses came down, their inhabitants just moved on. So went Hornerstown and now Moxham.

Moxham was a great neighborhood when I was growing up, but now it’s a cesspool of crime. There are still many good people left in Moxham, but they are being held hostage, unable to live life the way it was meant to be.

Old families are selling to slumlords (one of which is a prominent political figure), so as the old guard goes, so goes the neighborhood.

Johnstown Housing Authority should have its feet held to the fire for allowing the criminal element come to our door-steps.

Cheap digs for criminal cribs.

Even less than 10 percent Section 8 housing (if that’s the real stat) is too much with this kind of inhabitants.

Gun violence here can be attributed to affordable housing, and it’s not the product of good, law-abiding gun owners but of this infectious disease brought here to fester on our main drags and take over our good neighborhoods.

Be aware, because Roxbury, Ferndale and Southmont are in the crosshairs, as this moves along Franklin Street, Ferndale Avenue and Southmont Boulevard.

I hope the city’s Drug and Crime Commission takes a very active role in helping these communities before all is lost.

David W. Lamison

Upper Yoder Township

Beware of scam involving computer

I was almost the victim of a computer scam, and feel it is my responsibility to warn others.

Recently, I received a phone call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft. This person said that my computer had many viruses but that nobody locally would be able to fix it. He said Microsoft was the only one that could fix it. All I had to do was turn on my computer and he would walk me through it. (I later learned that Microsoft would not call anyone and do this.)

After a half-hour of following all his explicit instructions, I was informed that this would cost me $199, and he needed my credit card number. At this point, my gut instinct was sending up red flags and, fortunately, I did not give him this information.

If I had, I’m sure my credit card would have been maxed out.

Never give out your credit card number unless you initiate the call and know who you are dealing with.

Donna L. Williams

Johnstown

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