The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 9, 2014

Readers' Forum 3-9 | Lorain council may change police coverage

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Police Department has covered Lorain Borough for as long as I can remember. Now, all of a sudden, it is not doing a “good” job?

Lorain Borough Council has sent proposals to surrounding police departments, and it appears that council is considering one of these departments for coverage.

I don’t know how many council members are willing to vote for a new department, but I believe that it should be up to the residents to make that decision.

The 90-day extension from the city police department runs out at the end of March. I say, renew the contract. As far as I’m concerned, the city police have done a good job.

Lorain Borough Council meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month at the municipal building, next to the park. I urge residents to come to the meeting and voice their opinion.

George Randolph

Lorain Borough mayor

Is the demise of America in sight?

Stop, look around and listen. What do you see or hear? Where are we headed? History has a way of repeating itself in some form or another. What is the status quo of our country’s values, morals and financial standing?

At one time, this country was the milk and honey of the world. People came to the United States from all over the world by the millions, seeking freedoms, opportunities, enrichment of life, a golden chance.

Many left families and friends thousands of miles away, not knowing when or if they would ever see them again.

It’s hard to believe, but that’s the way it was.

What have we allowed to happen? We sit back, watch and doing nothing. As time has gone by, our nation has eroded to the pits of a valueless society, lacking morals and financially indebted to others. Anymore, right is wrong, and wrong is OK. If you get caught, it’s still OK.

We are a society scrambling around like chickens in a barnyard. We are not the great nation that our forefathers had developed through perseverance, sweat, blood and what they use to call hard work.

Are we following the path traveled by other empires, soon to come to our end?

Time will tell.

James A. Kissell


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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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