The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 27, 2013

Readers' Forum 12-27 | Moxham group would welcome volunteers

JOHNSTOWN — The Moxham Neighborhood Watch wishes all residents of Moxham a safe and happy holiday season. We also wish all of our fellow city Johnstowners the same message – enjoy the holidays and look out for your neighbors.

The Moxham Neighborhood Watch is still very active and meets at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at St. Patrick’s School cafeteria on Park Avenue.

We have informative, educational guest speakers every month to help the community remain up-to-date on current events, government issues, police and safety issues. We encourage our neighbors to remain vigilant and report suspicious activities to the proper authorities.

With the help of the Rev. Robert Wagner of Moxham Lutheran Church, volunteers gather at 9:30 every Saturday morning at the church parking lot for a community walk. Members pick up garbage and promote community events and crime prevention.

The Roxbury and West End neighbors contributed their efforts this past year in helping us raise money in the first 10K Against Krime. The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies assisted us and funds were dedicated to an upcoming security-camera project sponsored by local businessmen. Moxham neighborhood playgrounds also were refurbished with the help of Tom Oldham and other generous local businesses.

With the help of all our neighbors, we can make 2014 even better, but we need your help.

Attend a meeting, get involved and look out for each other.

Dan Schofield

Co-Chairman, Moxham Neighborhood Watch

Obamacare, snake oil are similar remedies

Before World War II ended, my father took me, via Fairfield Avenue, to see a  traveling minstrel show being held on the lot next to St. Columba Church on Broad Street.

During intermission and after the production, a “barker” would peddle his bottled miracle pain liniment, which my father bought based on the verbal attributes flowing from the mouth of the hustler.

After emptying the caramel-colored solution, his ailments remained and so he returned, once again, to using his reliable rubbery hot-water bottle to help soothe his aches and pains.

Since then, many purveyors promising healing solutions and remedies have come along and have been denounced as medical quacks. They verbally lied about their products and its supposed results.

Today, we are told the Affordable Care Act will be affordable, but the truth is we are finding it to be unaffordable. If you call it Obamacare, then does President Obama really care that you lost the insurance you were previously satisfied with, that your new insurance premiums will be more, that you may not be provided with the same doctor or hospital as before, and, the latest rumor, prescriptions for the most critical patients may not be available?

Since we have been lied to and the health care benefits purposely misrepresented by both the president and Congress, can we consider these politicians what they really are, namely, political quacks?

Michael J. Smajda

Harrisburg, formerly of Morrellville

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