The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 25, 2012

Readers' Forum 10-25 | Obnoxious fan ruined game for all

— On Oct. 20, I went to a minor league football game at the Point Stadium. I was watching third- and fourth-graders play for the championship. These young boys played their hearts out. They were good sports during the game.

One team went home with a broken heart, the other team went home rejoicing. It was the first football game I went to in more than 50 years. Nothing has changed, even the obnoxious fan from the team I wanted to win.

The announcer made the statement several times that this was a young team playing and that the fans should act accordingly. But this man insisted on tormenting the fans from the opposite team. He just wouldn’t quit.

If you want to support your team, yell all you want, but let the other fans alone. When I was a child, I spoke like a child – at the games. But as an adult, I acted like an adult. I would have liked to say something to the coaches from the winning team. Sportsmanship? Congratulations to the winning team, and the losers can hold their heads high. They played a good game.

Jane Horner


Elections hold officials accountable

After completing my Friday pastoral visits, I spent the afternoon at the Bedford County Courthouse handing out water bottles to those waiting for tax appeals. The idea came to me Thursday night at the Republican fall banquet during a discussion about the appeals.

I mentioned about handing out water or coffee to those waiting. I thought it would be a nice gesture and would communicate that those in public office really do care.

I hoped that this small act would communicate to those in office that they are there to serve all the people and should never be viewed as a burden. I believe that everyone should be treated with respect, fairness and dignity no matter what their party affiliation, socio-economic status, family name, gender, religion or race. I enjoyed talking with people and sharing my faith and vision for public office.

While God may call us to participate in different ways, there is something more important each of us can do and that is to exercise our right to vote on Nov. 6. Public officials are always aware of who votes, and when you vote they pay attention.

Remember, they work for you and me. Elections hold them accountable for their records. If you are concerned with the direction the country is heading, then express your right to vote and let your voice be heard. Your vote really does matter, especially to the generations that follow, because they will carry the burden of the choice we make on Election Day.

Dwight “JR” Winck


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