The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 10, 2012

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


Don’t shed tears for PBS, Big Bird

I find it funny that out of all the topics that were debated Oct. 3, the only comment that Democrats can complain about is Romney cutting PBS funding.

I saw a picture of Big Bird holding a sign, “Will work for food.” Are you kidding me? Doesn’t everyone know that Sesame Street is a multibillion-dollar franchise?

I’m sure the Democrats know that. They get contributions from PBS.

Please don’t get me wrong. Sesame Street and the other programs on PBS are very good educational shows for children. All I’m saying is that PBS makes enough money from selling the rights to the name to hold its own.

For example, look at the NFL. It makes billions of dollars from selling rights of football teams. The merchandisers then stamp that name on shirts, coats, hats, mud flaps, pencils, pens, etc.

Because the tag says certified NFL merchandise, we the consumer will pay an arm and a leg for it. The NFL doesn’t ask for subsidies.

Can somebody please tell me how much the CEO of PBS makes a year? I’m thinking he doesn’t work for free.

So this Christmas, when you’re scrambling to find a Tickle Me Elmo because there aren’t any on the shelves, remember how much one costs and how many millions are produced. Then try crying about Big Bird being unemployed.

Earl Lamison


Purge government of career politicians

Can anyone tell me what Sen. John Wozniak has done for the 35th district in the past 16 years, other than making himself wealthy with our tax dollars?

I can never understand why the district keeps re-electing this man.

He’s set for life, voting himself a $72,000 per year pension with benefits. The man hit the lottery, compliments of the taxpayers. Also $37,826 in per diem charges (2010) and a state auto allowance of $700 per month.

Maybe he can point out any great decisions he has made for the area or jobs he has brought without thinking of himself first.

Oh, I forgot, he did change the motorcycle helmet law and now we have an increase in motorcycle accidents with deaths. Good call, senator!

We are at a critical crossroads in our country and state and it’s time to purge ourselves of the career politicians who have never seen what it’s like to be unemployed and not have health insurance. Does it matter to him? No.  

Mary Kitcho-Fedash

Richland Township


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