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November 27, 2012

Readers' Forum 11-27 | Respect our flag, put God back in schools

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— Changes needed in city to avoid 2014 tax boost

On Nov. 6, I read in an editorial where City Manager Kristen Denne said taxes will go up in 2014. Is she a psychic? Or does she plan on handing out big raises to everyone?

How can anyone say taxes are going up when 2013 isn’t even here yet?

I believe that nobody who works for the city should get a raise until we are out of Act 47. To reward those who keep us there is ludicrous.

What I haven’t seen being done in the city is promoting business. The mayor, city manager and council members should be trying to bring in businesses. There are too many empty stores downtown.

We can remember when we were young and our parents took us to town to see the lights and store fronts and to do a lot of shopping before Christmas. Now, nobody goes downtown because it’s depressing.

I would like to say to the mayor, city manager and city council, you have all of 2013 to make changes or it’s time for you to leave and let somebody else take over.

Remember, you’re up for re-election in 2014. If you’re going to just sit on your hands and do nothing, then the people need to get rid of all of you. New faces and new and better ideas are needed for our city to prosper. To raise taxes on people who live on fixed incomes or who are barely making it is wrong.

Find another way.

Homer Mattes

Johnstown

Secondhand smoke cost me band gigs

I quit singing and playing in bands a while back and also as a cantor at church.

I am a retired steelworker and freelance barber and now a part-time janitor.

I needed extra work, so I joined a band to play a few times a month. I was shocked by the long distance we traveled for jobs; it was costing me a lot in gas and time.

I was thankful, however, for the gigs as I know they were hard to get. I thought there would be no or minimal smoking since these places were private clubs or we were playing for organizations.

One night I came home smelling pretty badly from the smoke. I couldn’t get it off my skin. My wife said it was on my shoes and even on my wallet.

I used a household cleaning solution  and sanitized everything. Reluctantly, although needing extra work, I asked to be replaced in the band.

Sadly, I lost a great opportunity because of the smoking.

Secondhand smoke is not for me.

Joe Chon

Elton

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