The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 7, 2014

Readers' Forum 3-7 | Letter carriers appreciate kind words

JOHNSTOWN — As a retired U.S. Postal Service mail carrier with 34 years of service delivering the mail through all kinds of weather, below zero and above 90 degrees, I am writing on behalf of myself and all letter carriers for the kind letter from James R. McDonald Sr., who wrote on Feb. 25, “Postal service was up to task.”

It is really nice to know that there are people who appreciate what their letter carrier goes through to deliver their mail.

From the bottom of my heart, McDonald, I thank you.

Donald F. Spampinato

Dale Borough

Get people off welfare and into jobs

Want to see something really repulsive?

Go to your local megastore on the last day of the month at about 11:55 p.m. and stand by the checkout registers. You are about to have an eye-opening experience, because at about 12:01 a.m., the government deposits our tax money into welfare and Access Card (food stamp) accounts.

You’ll see people (perfectly healthy and able to work) with carts overflowing with food items that many working people can’t afford.

It’s a known fact that anybody who wants to cheat the system comes to Pennsylvania, where there are virtually no background checks for most of these giveaway entitlement programs. Then of course, once you are enrolled, you never get out.

What’s needed is a little tough love to push these people into training programs or public service in order to receive our tax money.

Anybody on a government entitlement program should not be eligible to vote. In essence, they should have no say in how our tax money is being spent. It would definitely be a conflict of interest to allow these people to vote.

I’m not talking about older folks who are on Social Security. They probably have worked all their lives and paid into the system. These people had a work ethic second to none and a burning pride to be self-sufficient and independent.

I am talking about the massive increase in entitlements such as food stamps, Supplemental Security Income, heating oil, cellphones, welfare, etc.

Wake up, folks. These programs have been a miserable failure for the past 50 years. They will continue to be a generational disgrace until we require education, training or public service to break the cycle.

Mark Koenig

Nanty Glo

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