The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 19, 2012

Readers' Forum 11-19 | Voters are the people we should fear

— Our country has answered the question of John F. Kennedy: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country.”

The danger to our country is not President Obama, but the people who believed this man can be trusted to get our nation back to where it should be.

For those who voted for four more years, that’s their choice. The problem is, we all will pay the consequences. It will be far easier to undo Obama’s choice than to restore the common sense and good judgment to people willing to have Obama as president.

Some voters don’t care about what is right for America. Their hands are out and politicians who give the most will win an election. All that the politicians care about are those free benefits they get from people who pay taxes. There already isn’t enough revenue to pay for all the freebies.

The days of people being self-reliant, being willing to work for the American dream, are dead.

Sit back and watch government run out of money, attack our Christian churches, increase taxes, put restrictions on coal and oil, cause higher unemployment, destroy our health system (watch our doctors bail out of Obamacare) and pass more gun restrictions. When the right to protect yourself goes, the only ones with guns will be the government. Check your history on countries that took guns away from citizens.

Will we have enough people working to pay for those who don’t want to work?

Joseph T. Torchia Sr.

Daytona Beach, Fla., and Johnstown

Romney as much a hero as our service people

In analyzing post-election statistics  published in The Tribune-Democrat, a comforting truth is revealed. In 54 of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania, the votes for Mitt Romney exceeded the votes for President Obama.

Nationwide, the popular vote for the Romney/Paul Ryan ticket approached the 50 percent level – thus, no mandate.

In listening to and watching Monday morning quarterbacks analyze the election results, I kept hearing “he should have done that” or “he should have said this.”

To my amazement, not a single voice uttered a “thank you, Mr. Romney” for being our voice over the past several years in a grueling struggle he accepted on our behalf. He spoke the truth from the heart, while from the president’s mouth came  rhetoric and venom.

Romney is as much a hero as those serving in the military. If he had been elected, he would have exceeded President Reagan in making the Oval Office respectful and honorable.

Edward F. Podrasky


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