It’s becoming disconcerting to see just how small the next country will be to tell the United States to go fly a kite. The latest country that now is bold enough is Ecuador. Imagine just where our country is heading when even the smallest of countries around the world are now telling the United States where to go.
President Obama, in his first campaign, told us that he would “fundamentally transform” this country. It looks like we now have a much clearer picture of his dream for the United States. That dream apparently includes a much weaker nation that doesn’t get, or deserve, any respect from even the smallest of countries.
It appears, also, that we are not embarrassed the least by these nose-thumbing countries. It has been very clear that China and Russia haven’t had even the time of day for the United States for some time now – and everyone else is following suit.
The “paper tiger” has no teeth and everyone now knows it.
It’s difficult to stay focused these days on just one area of problems. The killing of our ambassador in Benghazi, the gun running into Mexico, the IRS scandal, the spying on our phone calls and emails, the mistreatment of our returning veterans, the total takeover of our health care system, the coming amnesty of nearly 20 million illegal aliens, the total disrespect from our elected officials. The list goes on and on.
Amazingly though, there seems to be little outrage with these problems.
Marvin R. Gindlesperger
Thunder success measured in $$$
* Our city sidewalks stained, waiting for Mother Nature to clean them.
* A hospital surrounded by free motorcycle parking while taxpayers such as myself pay to park because, even though my taxes pay for Main Street, I’m not allowed access to it so a sick loved one may get a visit during Thunder.
* An inability to use the yard of the home I own a block from Route 403 because of the constant noise of exhaust pipes cracking.
* Our town’s newspaper with a front-page article making sure we know where and when the wet-T-shirt contest will be held.
* Disorderly conduct and fights referred to as scuffles.
I believe we can set the bar for success a bit higher in our city. So after Mother Nature, the convention and visitors bureau and the city have washed away the remains of our success, I ask: Why do we still have an understaffed police department, blighted homes on every block, potholes everywhere and a poverty level that rivals any city in the nation after such a huge success?
When Johnstowners ask for these problems to be addressed, we’re told we don’t have the money.
Our taxes help the economy of our area, too.
I’m not against the rally, but I’d like to see profit.
Rallies in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Sturgis, S.D., rake it in. We had 200,000 visitors in four days.
Where’s our reward for allowing this success to happen?
Show us the money.
Good old days of Cambria City
I, too, remember the great old Cambria City section of Johnstown before some genius destroyed half of it.
It was “our town.” We had two department stores – Holzman’s and Weisberg’s. Also, there was an apartment building.
We had about 10 churches, at least one bar per block, the Dairy Lane, a pool hall, Truhan’s Market, Sky’s market and Baback’s drugstore.
We played in our alleys, later named “places.” No one locked his or her doors. Everyone knew who needed help and pitched in.
Today, you can’t trust anyone. No one says “Hi, how are you?”
It’s all gone.
Isn’t it a shame?
People today have nothing but suspicion of everyone from a neighbor to the president.
Politicians are strangling education Our great Republican governor wants to slash the education budget; he wants to stupefy the citizens of our state. Does he have a clue?
Isn’t this generation and the generations to come determined by how successful we educate our children?
Does he have a clue that educating our children is what makes the entrepreneurs and business leaders of tomorrow?
Does he have a clue that cutting the education budget is cutting the throat of the state and its next generation? I think not. I think the governor has no clue. I think the governor doesn’t care.
I think the governor is bought off by special-interest groups that want their own pieces of the dwindling pie and don’t care about education. They don’t care that the next generations of our children will be denied the opportunities that many of us, including the governor, had when they were educated.
They want to dumb down the populace. They want to, in a sense, create a straitjacket on our education system that will make it difficult for us to truly educate our children.
Is that really what the populace wants? Is that what the teachers want? Is that what parents and children want – a lack of education?
I think not.
I’m asking all of you to voice your opinions. Allowing this slashing of the education budget to go through will be the biggest mistake that the state has made in decades.
John A. DeBartola
In the end, we’re winners or losers
Looking at our culture and seeing all the sins that are being committed – which common sense, our conscience and our churches tell us is wrong – it’s easy to believe that much of our culture no longer believes in sin or hell.
They know not, and care less, that hell is mentioned more than 50 times in Scripture. I have encountered at least 37 myself.
Those who don’t believe in hell will believe in it when they get there.
This unawareness is due mainly to the silent pulpits of the nation.
It has been said that religious leaders don’t want to scare the people. The people will be a lot more scared as they stagger through the jaws of Hades, realizing what a horrendous mistake they made by not behaving themselves while on earth.
Some advice to the atheists: Take your science books along with you when you die so that you can prove to the devil that neither he nor hell exist because nothing is mentioned in your science books about it.
Also, read your books to see if it tells you how to take an air conditioner with you. It might come in handy.
Take plenty of spare parts, too, for you will be using the air conditioner for a long, long time.
And please remember, at the end, you and I will be in heaven or in hell forever. Period.
Either way, we will be a winner or a loser.