The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 12, 2012

Readers' Forum 10-12 | Director’s appointment ‘bump in the road’


Clergy shy away from moral issues

After reading the Rev. Leo F. Arnone’s and the Rev. Tony Joseph’s articles in the Readers’ Forum, it became clear that the clergy do not care about all moral issues that affect the working class people.

Joseph’s article (Sept. 26) states that union leaders blindly follow President Obama. But Joseph blindly follows the Republican leaders, and the same applies to Arnone (“Democrats denied God three times,” Sept. 12).

Both know that the appointed Republican U.S. Supreme Court justices voted to put Roe v. Wade into law, yet they still blame the Democrats. Abortion is not the only moral issue that is affecting people. What about: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, starvation, capital punishment, outsourcing jobs, health care, discrimination, minimum wage, workers’ rights and religious freedom?

Arnone stated that he does not know how Christians or Jews can support the Democratic platform. If the clergy think that Democrats are such bad people morally, then why don’t they put in their church bulletins that these liberal Democrats should discontinue contributing to their church.

Too many of our clergy forgot where they came from. Perhaps they think that all church contributions only come from Republican church members. It is time for the clergy to face reality – that they are here to serve all parishioners, not just the individuals belonging to the Republican Party.

I truly respect the clergy’s right to be pro-life, but they do not have the fundamental right to be pro-dictators.

Ernie Esposito


Second term would be full of more lies

In light of all the corruption and greed in the current administration, let’s try for a moment to forget them and focus on a more serious problem – radical Islam.

In President Obama’s book, he states that if the political winds change, he would lean toward the Muslims. All you infidels out there need to pull your heads out of the sand and if you can’t see, hear, smell and taste what’s happening in this country and around the world, I suggest you schedule an appointment with an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist and ascertain your problem.

The winds are blowing and the leaning has begun by this administration. If you want to live under Sharia law, then vote Obama.

Research other candidates and spend at least as much time studying them as you did picking your favorite contestants for the Simply the Best contest in the newspaper.

Obama promised hope and change. Now, we have no hope and even less change. Don’t give him a second chance to lie to you in his second term. This country will be beyond the point of no return, and our children, grandchildren and future generations will be living under Sharia law.

As for Mark Critz bucking the president, it’s only a smoke screen to get him elected. When the smoke clears, he will still be in favor of Obamacare and against a balanced budget amendment, both bad choices for the American people.

Herb Ewald


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