The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 4, 2013

Readers' Forum 11-4 | There is hope for the future

Submitted by Readers

JOHNSTOWN — Recently, I had the privilege of touring the United States Naval Academy and came away with a deeper love for my country.  

I was totally impressed by the midshipmen who undergo four years of rigorous academic and physical training before serving our country as an officer for five years in the military. They are putting aside their dreams and political differences in order to make our country a better place to live.  What a wonderful lesson for us all and especially our politicians in Washington.

 The next time you feel the U.S. is heading in the wrong direction, just think of our men and women at the service academies and in the military.  You'll put a smile on your face and realize there is  hope for the future.

Robert Vetock


Media bias is disturbing

I am so fed up with mainstream media bias. The media need to realize that Pope Francis is a Catholic Christian who upholds church teachings on abortion and homosexuality. His remarks on these issues in no way contradict what the catechism says.

We must be balanced in our approach to those who pursue either of these sins. We must treat those individuals with love and respect while still upholding the sacredness of human life and sexuality.

In addition, Pope Francis reminds us that we all are born in sin. All sin displeases God, and everyone must repent.

Human pride is repulsive to God. If we turn to him with a contrite heart, we receive his forgiveness and his grace to live as he intended. Building a relationship with Christ decreases our desire to sin.

In a similar way, the media love to distort the reasons behind the recent government shutdown. Unlike all the previous 17 shutdowns, this time we had a president who arrogantly refused to negotiate. President Obama claims that raising the debt limit will not actually raise the debt. That’s like saying that raising the speed limit will not increase traffic speed.

Fiscally responsible congressional members tried to protect our country from the financially ruinous path it is following. They tried delaying the disastrous health care monstrosity.

In 2006, during arguments about raising the debt limit, Obama said, “America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.” I couldn’t say it better myself. Obama, you are not a leader. We do deserve better.

Gale Bala


Government’s unbridled tyranny

America’s greatest health care system is being pillaged by progressive government toads. For 100 years, they have dismantled our Constitution, committing treason in breaking their sworn oaths and are now squeezing capitalism’s jugular. How so?

Government has unconstitutionally forced hundreds of thousands of regulations hostile to homeowners, energy producers and providers, businesses (small and large), banks, the military, sport corporations, municipalities, transportation companies, etc., while allowing their friends to terrorize, assault, imprison and kill anyone who dares object to their dastardly scheme to transform America.

On July 21, 2010, Democrats in Congress and President Obama passed and signed the Dodd-Frank Act. This act formed the diabolical Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Financed by the infamous Federal Reserve, Congress now cannot review the bureau’s budget or perform appropriating authority. The bureau writes all rules and guidelines and examines every financial institution without accountability. To date, 8,000 pages of regulations have been written with thousands more to come.

Congress then established the Financial Stability Oversight Council, which has extensive executive powers to control all nonbanking financial institutions. This tainted council chooses who is and who is not important. No accountability, either.

Brazen tyranny. This president is a despot and the progressives in Congress his lapdogs for convenience. We have three choices:

-- Impeach and imprison all corrupt progressive politicians for treason.

-- Call for state conventions and amend the Constitution.

-- Alexander Hamilton stated in Federalist No. 26, “Citizens end all delegated authority; recall all powers.” Citizens and states then will govern themselves.

Dennis Motton