The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 3, 2013

Readers' Forum 2-3 | Nanty Glo funds questioned; official responds


— Don’t tamper with Electoral College setup

According to the Jan. 27 Tribune-Democrat column by Michael Young and Terry Madonna, Gov. Tom Corbett is in the process of selling the management of the Pennsylvania Lottery to Camelot Global Services, which is owned by the Ontario Teachers Pension Fund.

For his next act, Corbett is contemplating changing the way Pennsylvania Electoral College votes are awarded. We are one of 48 states where all of the Electoral College votes for president go to the popular vote winner. This is the only method to ensure all votes are equal.

If these votes were distributed by congressional districts, a candidate who wins one district by a few votes would receive the same number of Electoral College votes as a candidate who wins another district by more than 100,000 votes.

Congressional districts are drawn up (rigged) to give one political party an advantage. This would make votes in one district worth more than votes in another.

In comparison, this would be like a visiting football team getting only four points for a touchdown because they are from a different district.

This should be taken before a judge to decide the intent and fairness of the change. It always discriminates when we look for loopholes around a law.

Regis Hynes


Faith-based education among parents’ choices

As parents, we are faced with tons of choices when it comes to our kids.  How much tech? Dating or not? And most importantly, how do we instill values when our culture seems to value all the wrong things?

One choice is how to educate our children. It’s easy to think there is only one option – attend the school our address and the government tell us to.  There is another choice – a private, faith-based education.

Our family has been proud to make that choice for the past four years. It hasn’t always been easy and family has partnered to make it possible. However, we see it as a choice to invest in not only the educational but also the spiritual lives of our kids. 

Johnstown Christian School is one of the only faith-based schools in our community to be accredited with ACSI. It also is celebrating almost 70 years in existence. 

What started out as a few families joining together has turned into one of the best choices for education and building your child’s faith.

This past week was National School Choice Week, and I ask you to think about the choices you are making for your kids. Could there be another road to take?

If choosing a Christian school is one of them, come check out JCS during open house on March 14. I would be glad to meet you and share with you why the choice has made all the difference for my sons.

Kimberly Robertson


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