Letters to the Editor 4/30

April 30, 2001

Letters to the Editor 4/30

Bob Bruchey has moved town forward

To the editor:

For the past four years I have watched as Mayor Robert Bruchey moved this city forward. I recall my first contact with Mayor Bruchey and how he solved a problem for citizens in the West End at George and Winter streets.

We were having problems with some youths hanging out at the intersection and disturbing the neighborhood until all hours of the night. They were trashing the neighborhood and standing in the street when cars came and would not let them pass. They were breaking bottles and vandalizing the house at the corner.

Mayor Bruchey came in person and investigated the situation in the early morning hours. He enlisted the help of the Neighborhood Watch to hold a meeting with the neighborhood residents and the group causing the concern. At the meeting he brought then-chief of police Dale Jones and some other police officers who routinely patrol that area.


Bruchey asked questions of the residents and the youths to find out what the problem was in an attempt to find a way that would bring about a solution that both groups could agree on. There was a good discussion that night and we felt that some progress had been made. Unfortunately the problem did not go away and we were back to the same situation only days later.

Bruchey again visited the area late at night and brought Chief Jones along. After they had observed the situation for awhile they approached the group at the corner and informed them that there was a curfew in effect and that some of the youths were breaking that curfew. Chief Jones and several officers moved the group away from the corner and informed them that they needed to stay away from the area.

Bruchey spoke with the property owner and a few days later there were no trespassing signs posted on the property. When the group came back again officers took their names and addresses and the property owner placed charges against them for trespassing.

It took a few weeks, but the problem was handled and there were no similar problems in the neighborhood from then on.

Mayor Bruchey responded to the needs of our citizens and stayed on the problem until a solution was found. I believe he has kept faith with the people throughout his term of office and we need to go to the polls on May 15 and vote to re-elect Mayor Bruchey.

Lois Imes


Celebrating the American worker

To the editor:

On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observed Workers Memorial Day to remember the thousands of workers who have suffered and died on the job. As we remember those who have died in workplace catastrophes, suffered diseases due to exposure to toxic substances or been injured because of dangerous conditions, we must rededicate ourselves to fight for safer workplaces.

This year marks the 13th anniversary of the observance of Workers Memorial Day. April 28 was chosen because it is the date the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) was passed into law.

For more than 10 years, workers and unions have been fighting for an ergonomics standard to prevent repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) and back injuries. We are closer than ever to winning these protections. But some employer groups, politicians and even the president are waging a fierce campaign to block and repeal the proposed OSHA ergonomic standard.

Workers throughout this country have a voice and it should be heard. Contact your Congressional representatives by phone, in writing or e-mail and tell them your support the OSHA ergonomics standard.

On April 28, we mourned for the dead, but more importantly, we must fight for the living. Every worker in America has the right to come home healthy and alive.

Rich Newcomer Jr.

Recording Secretary

UAW Local 1296

Frick Company

Waynesboro, Pa.

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