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Agony Aunt Column






Thank you, Chip, for recognizing that I always speak the truth and that by losing I still win in the end.

"If you’ve seen the movie “Liar Liar,” you’ll recall that actor Jim Carrey’s character – attorney Fletcher Reede – can not tell a lie for 24 hours thanks to a birthday wish uttered by his son as he blew out the candles on his cake.

Reede nearly loses a high-paying case because he can’t fib – or even let his witnesses do so in their testimony – until saved by a legal loophole that gives his client the courtroom victory, which prompts Reede to proclaim: “And the truth will set you free!”

That phrase, from the Gospel of John, is indeed gospel for those who make their living reporting on the news of their communities."~ Chip Minemyer, Tribune Democrat,











Secret Joint Wide Meet

Well, rumor has it there was a secret meeting, a coming together of a variety of different people representing the city, county and other agencies all to talk about what can they do about citizens who speak out, citizens who want to take them to task.

What I find most interesting about this is it would seem that these individuals can all get together from their perspective groups and yet they can't come together in a public place to solve our problems but they can certainly get together to bitch and complain that some citizens out there are actually taking them to task, are making them have to answer questions as to what they really are doing rather then as what most politicians do, blow a lot of smoke, play with a lot of mirrors. It is a sad state when there can be a secret meeting like this but they can't agree to come together publicly to solve their problems.

I'm sure it was, by the way, a good money maker for the bar. I'm sure they slugged back a few and had a lot to say about that citizen who has been speaking up. Maybe they should be rest assured that if they continue with their arrogance it will be their downfall.






The Flimsy Man Enters the Scene

What a web the spider can weave when all the players are all so deceitful it seems. Here it is, we're in Summer and AAABA baseball is in full swing and the Puppet Master is back, and he's back in the scene but which team is he playing for?

Well, that is still the mystery as you can see. He's not sure whether is he is left or right as friends abandon him and his team or maybe he's in between but one thing is for sure the Puppet Master is back, he's back in the scene. 

He's back to do whatever it is he thinks he's gonna do and if he figures it out perhaps he'll let us know what he is really up too. 

The Puppet Master is quite the guy who thinks a lot more highly of himself than probably what is real but then again that's the Puppet Master and he is at least the real deal as in the sense that one is as confused as one can be.

He's neither up, he's neither down, and he's neither in between.

He's so confused as all can see that he's not sure whether or not he is here or there but does it really make a difference? And do we really care?

There are those out there that are on the team but they want to be where the pitcher is, in the limelight is seems. Well, one must realize in order to throw the ball one must be in a position of understanding what a pitcher does above all. And that is that he practices day and he practices night and he also knows how to throw the ball just right. 

For there are those that are out there that fumble and flail and just plain right fail and that's because when it comes to the game, if you don't understand baseball, which happens to be the name of the game, you can't be the pitcher, you can't be the catcher, you can't even play on the team cause it really takes an awful lot for those who understand the dream. 

That you can't be in the limelight without taking the heat because there could be sun stroke unless you know exactly how to tweak. 

So in the mist of it all it is so simple to say all of you out there you better learn how to play.

Comes a time in the mist of the baseball season when you get rid of the dead weight, when you get rid of the non productive players and have them resign and send them back to the B league.

For all of you that follow this story so right some of you knew, or thought you knew and you thought you were right. It was just to see who was paying attention and truthfully you never knew who The Flimsy Man really is.

But in the mist of the flow, in the mist of it all, what you really didn't know The Flimsy Man is not who you thought it might be.

It's a different little person. A squirmy, wormy one it might be. One that thought that perhaps I wouldn't know but oh, what a mistake for I do really know. 




My regular monthly submission to the school board prior to Tuesday, August 7th's at 5 pm school board meeting. Please join us.


Dear Greater Johnstown School Board,


I just want to bring this fact of information to your attention of the Dawn L. v. Greater Johnstown School District opinion. I'm wondering if you are aware of these facts and if you are then why was this individual with this knowledge appointed as a superintendent here in our district? And if you are not aware of these facts now that you are don't you think you should reconsider the appointment? Don't you think that we need to take into consideration that we need to make sure that things are well protected for our children and that, in a sense, that if you as you say claim to are into the transparency of government that this would be a perfect thing for you to be telling us the truth about?


What I am asking for is when you appointed this individual were you aware of this lawsuit? Yes or No? If you were not aware of it and now you are aware of it are you going to reconsider the appointment?


To say things are personnel matters, you know, I understand you feel you can only take transparency so far but when it comes to the safety of our children, when it comes to the aspect of the voters knowing what is going on I think it is important that you, as school board members, need to take things into true consideration and realize whether or not is this a personnel matter or are these things the public needs to know about?


You can only hide behind something like this so long before the concerned citizens, the tax payers, are going to want to know the answers. I expect your response at the next school board meeting. If you do not do anything about this it shows the ultimate failure of the school board who obviously must be controlled by other interests to overlook this person and why? Why would you appoint someone like this with this kind of record of the past and you are claiming transparency so if this is public knowledge you either were aware of this or not. And if you were aware of this then why did you appoint him? Who suggested him for the position?

John DeBartola

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