Opposed to location

EDITOR: I took my petition to Troy Borough Council meeting and expressed my concerns regarding the placement of Dunkin' Donuts on Elmira Street (Rts. 6&14), by the bridge, in a curve, at the intersection with Porter Road.

What I learned along the way, was that both Troy Borough Planning Commission, and Troy Borough Council are impotent regarding the situation. The TBPC are just fact checkers and Councils' vote was rhetoric. They really couldn't vote NO, even though many shared my sentiments.

I was told that since the project met all the requirements and most importantly the fact that PennDOT had issued a Highway Occupancy Permit, that the borough could be sued for trying to squelch the project.

No one could show me, nor had they seen, a traffic study from PennDOT. The project engineer proudly waved a copy of the issued permit, but where's the homework? Where is the proof that sight distances are met, the traffic numbers from the Porter Road, which has multiple gas wells, and more scheduled? The consideration of the in and out volumes from existing businesses involved with the intersection? Where does public safety come in?

My call to the PennDOT permit officer in Bradford County, requesting this, was returned by a supervisor, who explained that traffic studies are not public information. He said I would have to file through "Right to Know" to see what information I could be given.

So studies on the public, by a state agency funded with public tax dollars, are not available to the public?

Curiouser & curiouser.

Most of the general public still does not realize that this is even happening. It is not simply progressing, it is nearing CONSTRUCTION PHASE. State, and local governing bodies have waved it through, or hung their heads and mumbled "aye."

Apparently a lot of folks missed the articles describing the progress.

Where are the front page color pictures of the school buses backed up every morning for half a mile? Or the water trucks waiting to get out of Porter Road??

Once it's done, the next question will be who pays for the million dollar study to decide on a traffic signal, then who pays for the hardware and upkeep on said signal.

Someone - ANYONE - wake up and smell the coffee! (pun intended); show some common sense and please don't add 1,500 cars per day, in and out, of this funky intersection. One thousand five hundred cars per Dunkin's plans, is 100 times the in and out traffic that occurred daily in this property's previous use as a Dodge/Chrysler Dealer's car lot.

Rob Storch

CEO Tygart Beverage Co. Inc.

Troy

Meat

EDITOR: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is still expanding the list of retailers carrying meat unfit for human consumption to Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and 970 locations in California alone. About 8.7 million pounds were shipped all through 2013 by Rancho Feeding Corporation of Petaluma, CA.

The recall comes in the wake of USDA's new "inspection" program that allows the meat industry to increase speed of processing lines and replace federal inspectors with plant employees. According to USDA inspector general, this has resulted in partial failure to remove fecal matter, undigested food, and other contaminants that may contain deadly E. coli and listeria bacteria.

Traditionally, USDA has catered more to the interests and profitability of the meat industry than health and safety of American consumers. Consumer interests come into play only when large numbers of us get sick. Having USDA protect consumers is like asking the fox to guard the henhouse.

The Obama administration should reallocate responsibility for all food safety to the Food and Drug administration. In the meantime, each of us can assume responsibility for our own safety by switching to the rich variety of soy-based meat products offered by our favorite supermarket.

Samuel Muncy

Towanda