The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


August 2, 2013

Readers' Forum 8-2 | Memorial art show to honor Paul Whinnie

JOHNSTOWN — On July 8, 2012, a beloved friend, teacher, artist and mentor passed from this life. Paul Whinnie, retired commercial art teacher, Pitt-Johnstown professor and IUP vocational-education supervisor, was a mentor to many in and from this area.  

To honor Whinnie, a group of his alumni are organizing an art exhibit of his works and the works of his students and others he inspired.

If you were a student or friend who would like to share a piece of Whinnie’s art or art inspired or directed by Whinnie, please contact Karen (Kessler) Blaisdell at or on Facebook at “Remembering Paul G. Whinnie.”  

Receiving for the show is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 24 at the VOMA Gallery, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

So many have been inspired and mentored by Whinnie. The show begins Aug. 31 at VOMA during the Cambria City Ethnic Festival and is free and open to the public.

Karen (Kessler) Blaisdell

South Fork

Keep digging into ‘phony scandals’

President Obama, in a speech on July 24 at Knox College, stated that “phony scandals” were dogging his administration. White House press secretary Jay Carney telegraphed Obama’s remarks a day earlier by also referring to the scandals as phony. It is pretty obvious that this narrative was orchestrated by the two of them.

Neither of them identified which of the many scandals were phony. We can only guess that they were referring to the Benghazi attacks, the Fast and Furious gun-running programs, the IRS targeting of conservative groups and the NSA surveillance programs.

Do the parents, wives, relatives and loved ones of those four Americans killed in Benghazi believe this scandal was phony? This was a pure cover-up during an election campaign.

Was the Fast and Furious gun-running scheme, in which a border agent was killed by one of the guns given to the enemy, phony?

Was the targeting of conservatives by the IRS a phony scandal? If an IRS agent refuses to testify, it’s a pretty good indication that she is guilty or has something to hide.

It appears that this was a failed attempt to deflect attention away from the seriousness of these issues, hoping that they will go away.

The American people deserve answers, and hopefully those pushing for the truth will continue to pursue the facts.

Richard Mezyk

Upper Yoder Township

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