The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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March 29, 2013

Readers' Forum 3-29 | ‘Kunk’ was last of city’s ‘Four Horsemen’

— The Johnstown community lost one of its great leaders last week when Charles Kunkle died at age 99.

For those who never had the pleasure of knowing or working with Charles Kunkle, you should know that you are still benefiting from his hard work.

“Kunk” was the last of Johnstown’s “Four Horseman, which also included Walter Krebs, Howard Picking and Frank Pasquerilla. Together, these men were THE driving force in this community for 60 years. They owned businesses that provided quality employment for workers in this community.

Individually, each had a favorite project, but together they built the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and the Cambria County War Memorial Arena. 

Kunk, a great athlete, brought hockey and golf to the area; Krebs, the AAABA;  Picking refurbished Sandyvale; and Pasquerilla established his nationally known headquarters here, then built the conference center to attract tourists. 

They were men of integrity and vision.

They made Johnstown a better place to live and work. We will reap their legacies for years to come, but an era has passed with the death of Charles Kunkle. 

I was privileged to work with all these men and to call them friends.

Condolences to the Kunkle family and to this community.

Dick Mayer

Upper Yoder Township

City needs younger people, new ideas

Young people of Johnstown, please help.

I couldn’t believe while reading The Tribune-Democrat on Thursday that the city council is deadlocked on filling a council vacancy, and that Anthony “Red” Pinizzotto was one of the finalists.

I have nothing against Pinizzotto; he might have been a good council member in the past. But the city does not need former council members such as Pinizzotto or Jack Williams.

We need young people to move the city forward with young ideas.

Peggy Beppler

Johnstown

Liquor privatization has many drawbacks

The privatization of liquor sales in Pennsylvania has many complex issues attached to it.

On the Republicans’ side, their assumption that convenience, price, selection and profit will be enhanced by this system is very flawed.

In a free market, many rural stores would never open and consumers cursed with living in a rural area would have to travel a half-hour or more to the closest liquor store. With the steep price of even a beer-only license, how could low-volume beer distributors hope to stay in business?

Thank goodness for rural college towns; this at least guarantees liquor, wine and beer availability in some parts of rural Pennsylvania.

Furthermore, what possible motivation would a private seller have to stock low- sales-volume products? If store owners could make hundreds of dollars a day selling the most popular brands, why would they buy expensive wines or spirits to sell one case or less a month?

Meanwhile, the current system allows all citizens to be well served. Even if a rural store operates at a loss, or particular brands are very slow sellers, they are available to the discerning drinkers.

It is obvious that the big-box stores will be the only ones able to sell their products in rural areas, squeezing out the small-business owners.

At least now, someone will be able to buy a bottle of cheap liquor late on a Saturday night.

Richard J. Holsinger

Johnstown

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