The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


August 20, 2013

Readers' Forum 9-20 | Equal pay is simply right thing to do


JOHNSTOWN — ‘Ninja’ was just covering for police

What’s so wrong with a real life superhero? Regarding the “Johnstown Ninja” story, all the kid wanted to do was help. Instead, he faces charges when drug dealers and scum who are giving this city a bad name just get a slap on the wrist.

There is such a thing as priorities, and the police don’t seem to have much of them. It’s a shame that a regular citizen would have to take matters into his own hands, risking his life to make things better for the community – a job that the police seem to refuse to do.

I’m on your side, the Dark Knight of Moxham. You were only trying to make Gotham City, I mean Johnstown City, a better place.

Megan Rummell


Residents hostage to city on sewer work

I'm writing in response to David Horner’s Readers’ Forum letter of Aug. 11, “City sewer upgrades confusing matter.” I am in full agreement with all points made.

Barely are updates given out regarding a timeline of when we homeowners can expect to be forcibly fleeced.

I also have other questions that had better be answered:

-- Why is nothing being done to protect or insulate homeowners from such an expense. News flash: Not every homeowner has a large income or a savings to afford this, and not every homeowner can even afford to pay back a loan. Yet this doesn’t seem to stop the unstoppable destructive war machine from tearing up neighborhood after neighborhood, regardless of anyone’s situation. And, “This needs done. It should have been done 30 years ago,” isn’t a good answer.

-- What is being done to protect us homeowners from contractors taking advantage of the situation just for pure profit? Why not put a cap on the price of the work. Since everyone’s being forced to do this, contractors should still make out like bandits.

There are a lot of senior citizens and a lot of people barely hanging on with their homes. Yet no one cares, and it’s almost like we’re being punished for 30 years of city inaction. Yet I can’t sell my home to avoid this because sellers have to tap in right away.

Congrats. You’ve trapped us.

Justin Perreault



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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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