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Letters to the Editor

We cannot prevent evil by passing more laws

You published an editorial from The Wall Street Journal, titled, “Flagging Future Killers,” which rightly bypasses gun control, since no gun ever pulled its own trigger. Beyond that, the dangerous folly of gun control is self-evident from the statistically demonstrable fact, that gun ...

It is all about the money

The Johnstown Water Board is in the business of selling water to individuals and businesses. The water board has a procedure in place for design and installment of water mains and service laterals. The board requires qualified people to do the work. There will be no shortcuts or exceptions to ...

Writer responds to Monday editorial

Response to editorial of Monday Aug. 19 “Taking steps to prevent tragedy” Having fought the issues of gun control and the SAFE Act in the case of Kampfer vs Cuomo, 14-110. Your editorial is way off. This society, in this country, has created its own monster. Today’s society is a ...

We should expect our schools to provide a profitable return

As I begin the migration from Ohio to my family’s homestead in New York, I am amazed at the cost associated with school taxes. I come from an Ohio school district with a similar student population, same excellence in education, and an Ohio property of similar value to my New York property. ...

Tougher gun laws do help prevent mass shootings

Let’s talk about mass shootings and what can be done to prevent these recurring tragedies. Think a good guy with a gun will stop a bad guy with a gun? They won’t. Thirty-two seconds was how long it took Dayton police to kill a lone gunman. Thirty-two seconds was also enough time to kill ...

Roundabout will be a nightmare

Construction started on the Mayfield roundabout. I think it is a big mistake. Growing up in Westchester County, I remember the roundabout called the Hawthorne Circle. It connected the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Taconic Parkway. It was deemed dangerous, and removed in 1971. I see similar ...

Our kids don’t stand a chance

I am a fan of Johnstown High School sports. I go to lots of games and I am thrilled at the success many of the teams have. Now I watch the coaches and administrators struggle to find funding for these sports. The cause is obvious — people are leaving the city and there are now insufficient ...

Time to go 100 percent clean energy

Up with 100 percent clean energy. That’s right, electricity run by solar, wind, water, tidal, and geothermal power. This should be cheaper. It cuts out the middle man — the fossil fuel companies that spend money to mine it, transport it, to a plant, then burn it to create electricity. Clean ...

Someone needs to challenge Elise Stefanik

In 2015, Representative Elise Stefanik voted in favor of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (see www.congress.gov/and clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll226.xml), a cowardly bill that became law and turned the Treaty Clause of the Constitution (Article II, Section 2, Clause 2) on its head. (See ...

A big ‘thank you’ to Townsend Leather

Thank you, Townsend Leather, for caring about your appearance, for caring about Johnstown, for not only recycling the old Diana Knit building, but doing it beautifully. It’s exciting to see an old factory come to life again and be productive. The windows are amazing! Thank you to all the ...

A couple of bumps in the road

It’s nice to be a citizen of the United States of America but sometimes there are bumps to go over on the way through life. Right now the citizens of Johnstown are going through a couple of such bumps. One is our school system’s problems concerning the financing to get a decent ...

With love from Sherman’s

There has been a lot happening in the last few years and a lot of people have raised their voices and I have sat back quietly. I have listened and I have tried to understand, but now I feel it is time for me to have a voice and I would like to use it to express my gratitude. There was a time ...

Give to your community because you want to

Community, what does that word mean to you? Most of you have your heart in the right place, just not your heads. The answer is serving. When was the last time you served your community? If it takes you awhile to think about it, probably not recently. Your community has probably helped you ...

A science lesson on a carbon footprint

An element is defined as the smallest bit of matter (an atom) that exhibits the properties of the bulk material and cannot be separated into a simpler substance. A compound is defined as any substance formed by the union of two or more elements in a fixed ratio, the union being a chemical bond ...

Watch out for a local scam

I recently received a letter from DCM Services, LLC of Minneapolis addressed to the estate of my late husband. They wanted to know who was responsible for paying any of my husband’s outstanding debts. Included was a form to complete and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. It all looked very ...

Addiction hurts everyone involved

Addiction is a sad disease and it will catch up to you eventually. How do I know? I will tell you why because it happened to me. My choice of drugs was heroin and it became my very best friend. I lost my wife and children as for me they could no longer depend. The only thing I had ...

Has school district considered solar panels

I wonder if the Johnstown school district board has ever entertained the concept of solar panels to save on electricity bills. The district has large swaths of empty land onto which to position these silent sun collectors. Also, many flat roofs for possible instalation. This hot summer ...

Dan Engel is the epitome of hard work and dedication

I’m writing to inform you and the community about the hard work and dedication that Mr. Dan Engel, director of Veterans Affairs for Fulton County, provides for, and on behalf of, the veterans in Fulton and Hamilton County. Many veterans and their families struggle to navigate the VA and ...

Our attention should be focused on our country’s safety

Does this story sound somewhat familiar today? A quote by Thomas Jefferson — his final message to Congress in 1809 (210) years ago. Considering the extraordinary character of the times in which we live, our attention should unremittingly be fixed on the safety of our country. Regarding ...

An open letter to columnist Leonard Pitts

By definition: A racist is a person who believes a particular race is superior to others; a bigot is a person who is strongly partial to one’s own group, religion, race, or politics, and is intolerant of those who differ; a thug is a violent person (especially a criminal); and a hypocrite is ...