The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 15, 2012

Readers' Forum 11-15 | Golf clubs dedicated to helping school teams

— As a second-year high school golf coach blessed with good players and fortunate enough to advance to the state championships this year, I’ve come to appreciate what many do not see in this process – the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of several local golf clubs to make all this possible.

I therefore wish to publicly recognize the following golf courses for their participation in the playoff events, which ultimately culminated with the state championships at Heritage Hills Golf Course in York: Summit Country Club in Cresson for hosting the sectional tournament; Scotch Valley Country Club in Hollidaysburg for hosting the districts; and Tom’s Run Golf Course in Blairsville for hosting the regionals.

The high school playoffs are not only disruptive to these clubs’ membership but also costly financially as each club donates their course, free of charge, for the 1-2 day event. To the clubs, their staffs, members and governing boards – thank you so much for your generosity, for providing top-notch and challenging venues, and for being so gracious and accommodating to the players, coaches and family members who participated in this year’s events.

Tom Aurandt

Central Cambria High School, Ebensburg

Essential for nation to rebuild its values

With the presidential election and endless campaigning over, calls for political reconciliation are starting to be heard.

While this election cycle had many divisive issues present, simply running backward on our beliefs to achieve bipartisanship is not always in the best interest.

Some issues are so fundamental to a healthy society and a successful American future that retreating from our ideals should not be an option.

The respect and sanctity of human life, fiscal responsibility both in personal and government affairs and freedom of religion (including freedom from government meddling) are all affairs that have been polluted by the needs and selfishness of individuals, rather than the values on which our country was built.

Compromises must be made at times, but not when they will lead to negative consequences. For many, this will be a trying time due to being ostracized because of our beliefs and not following the “new way” of society and the elected political class.

May we all have the fortitude to stand up for what is right and good.

Christopher Farabaugh


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