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July 11, 2013

Readers' Forum 7-11 | Casino could jump-start city’s economy

— Friends and I took a trip to the Lady Luck Nemacolin Casino in Fayette County. It was a great time.

A casino that size would make a great employer for Johnstown. State Sen. John Wozniak tried to get one approved, but it never went through. Imagine that.

Why are people with influence short- changing our town’s efforts  to come alive again? We hardly have decent employment with no steel mills, no coal mines, and let’s not forget that the population is down.

Oh, but according to the Sunday Tribune-Democrat, we have drugs here.

Wake up, politicians, and give our town a chance to come back the right way. With a casino here, people would come from Bedford, Greensburg, Pittsburgh, Altoona, Somerset, State College, etc.

We have the space.

Lynn M. Giles


Domestic violence, child abuse mishandled

A Readers’ Forum writer on July 5, “In the end, love always wins,” describes her experience with Children and Youth Services. The sad reality is that children are used in a massive money-making scheme to obtain federal funding.

Title IV funding promotes the removal of children from loving families, promotes “services” offered by children’s protective service agencies, and provides an income initiative for judges, lawyers, the Office of Guardian ad Litem, custody evaluators and those under contract with Children and Youth Services.

According to The Leadership Council, more than 58,000 children are removed from protective parents each year when child abuse is reported. In most cases, the result of reporting the abuse of a child is loss of custody. 

Women who attempt to stop domestic violence find an extreme bias in the court system when child custody is disputed. Bogus reports from custody evaluators of personality disorders in protective parents ignore child abuse and place children with abusers.

Changing the way decisions of domestic violence and child abuse are handled in the current court system would save more than $500 billion a year nationally.

What is needed is an immediate audit of CYS and the use of federal funding.

Kimberly Myers

South Fork

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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.
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