The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 20, 2014

Readers' Forum 4-20 | Election Day our chance to be heard

JOHNSTOWN — Millions of people refuse to vote. Not out of apathy, but despair and disgust with politicians and government. They don’t like the way things are being run. They think they are being lied to and misled, and they want no part of it. So they don’t vote. That’s their way of protesting.

If that’s the way you feel, if you think not voting works, you’re dead wrong. If you don’t like what’s going on, that’s all the more reason to vote. Stop and think. Politicians are the only people we know who create problems and then campaign against them.

If both the Democrats and Republicans are against deficits and taxes, why do we have deficits and high taxes? We don’t propose the budget, the president does. We don’t vote on appropriations or set tax rates.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president – 536 people – are directly, legally and morally responsible for the problems facing America today.

High-pressure lobbyists can’t make them do what they don’t want to do. Don’t let them shift the blame to bureaucrats who they hire and jobs they can abolish, or to high-pressure groups whose gifts and advice they can accept or reject.

Don’t let them con you into believing that mystical forces like the economy or inflation or politics prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do. We are their boss. And we must wake up, wise up and hold them accountable.

Be heard this Election Day, its your opportunity to make it work. Don’t blow it.

James M. Edwards Sr.


Inventions articles are very interesting

I am in a Newspapers in Education classroom. My classmates and I start off every morning with a meeting in which we use the newspapers to check the weather.

We then scan the paper to select current events to read about to make us better-informed citizens of Johnstown.

Our class also really enjoys the inventions articles that have been added to the paper. We find it very interesting to read about common items that we take for granted every day.

My peers and I were shocked to discover how much thought and hard work has gone into inventions such as Jell-O, the paper clip and the dishwasher.

Keep up the good work.

Terrell Burns

Greater Johnstown Career

and Technology Center

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