The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 10, 2012

Readers' Forum 10-10 | America can do better than Obama

— Some Tribune-Democrat readers have written to declare things are improving under President Obama. On what basis? The metrics indicate the opposite:

* Unemployment over 8 percent for the longest period in U.S. history.

* 23 million people unemployed, underemployed or have given up looking – a national disgrace.

* $5.5 trillion in new debt in less than four years, an unprecedented 51 percent increase.

* More people going on Social Security disability than have gotten jobs.

* Middle-class income declined 8 percent.

* Soaring grocery and gasoline prices.

A health-care disaster that has given us the “free lunch” parts. In 2013, when the check arrives, we will see huge new taxes and fees, which will fall on the middle class. Companies are laying off people in anticipation of these new taxes.

And Obamacare violates the American Cancer Society’s guidelines on women’s breast health care.

For the first time in American history we are experiencing religious oppression. Obama is forcing the Catholic church to pay for birth control and abortifacients against its religious teachings.

Starting next year, Americans will be forced to pay for abortions through their health-care premiums. More than 50 percent believe abortion is wrong.

In foreign policy, Obama is covering up the deaths of an American ambassador and three others on American soil, characterizing it as a “bump in the road.” Not to mention a resurgent al-Qaida under his watch.

Many presidents have inherited bad economies and turned them around. Apparently this president doesn’t know how. We can do better.

Tom O’Toole


Writer capable of forming own opinions

I have to commend Publisher Robin Quillon on his column (“Religious bigots aggravate grueling campaign season”). I couldn’t have expressed this as well. Those are my thoughts exactly.

I am sick to death of reading the Readers’ Forum, only to find these bigoted letters. Of course, Fox News and educational is an oxymoron. It is too bad that the only qualification for election to office is to be anti-abortion and anti-gays. Those are really big issues in this society.

A letter recently (I don’t remember who wrote it) wanting to know about caring for all these pregnancies without welfare and public help was right on. Sometimes I think that these religious fanatics are salving their own consciences.

They should write a book instead of every 30 days to the Readers’ Forum. But then again, only one opinion and one topic would make for dull reading.

I don’t need anyone telling me who to vote for and who not to vote for. I am intelligent enough to make up my own mind. No Fox News for me.

Doris Layton


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