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September 9, 2013

Readers' Forum 9/9 | Parents: Teach children to stay on track

JOHNSTOWN — Sometimes it seems unfair that many of the most important tasks we need to accomplish are given to us so early in life, between ages 3 and 10, mostly. It’s usually at that age that we need to learn to read and write, to master arithmetic, to read a clock, to begin social interaction.

The reason such important lessons need to be learned at such an early age is because, at that age our minds are wide open, constantly seeking new experience and knowledge. At that age, our job simply is to learn. And it is at that age that we rely most on trust and on the goodness of other people, particularly adults.

One lesson we wish children would never need to learn is that there are monsters roaming the world, monsters whose wish is to harm and corrupt children so badly that some never again draw an untroubled breath. And as the ongoing events in State College have taught us, sometimes these monsters are disguised as the most respectable people in our communities and roam the insides of our schools.

So, now it’s September, and schools are back in session. That means that our children are back on the job, doing what they do best: Learning. Let’s watch their backs for them, and make sure the lessons they learn are good ones, lessons which reinforce and foster trust, lessons which won’t corrupt, harm or destroy them.

Let’s do our job, and let our children do theirs.

Carl Schultz

Johnstown

Lose attitude; project can run smoothly

I attended the sewage project informational meeting in the West End on Sept. 4 and was very impressed by the slide presentation and the knowledge of those answering questions for the public.

Of course, probably no one there was happy about the changes that need to be made in the sewage system and the costs involved. But as the city manager and engineers pointed out, this is a mandate that is out of our control and ultimately is for the betterment of the community and the environment.

When various agencies and people must work together on a project, things do not always go smoothly, and frustration, anxiety and fear of the unknown can take over. But the information presented and the demeanor and knowledge of the speakers  served to let the public know that if we accept the inevitable and have a less cynical attitude, perhaps things will go a lot better than we might think.

Nancy Hoover

Johnstown

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