The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

January 5, 2013

Readers' Forum 1-5 | Giant Eagle trio will be missed

— I stopped in the Scalp Avenue Giant Eagle on Sunday evening to pick up a few items when I noticed that some very familiar faces were missing.

I asked the cashier if Basil, Carm and Ed were there. She said that they were no longer going to be there. I have known them all my life – actually, we grew up together, living side by side.

They were always dedicated to whatever they choose to do, very hardworking and fair, never judging anyone for any reason.

They always put customer service first. In the workplace, they never made anyone do anything they wouldn’t do.

They always tried to steer everyone in the right direction so they could make something of themselves.

I want to tell them, as a neighbor, friend and longtime customer, that they will be missed.

Now is the time for them to get back what they have worked so long and hard for. I am very happy for all of them. God bless and enjoy your retirement.

Christine Charney Fyock

South Fork

Entitlement class living high on hog

I’m infuriated looking at my 2013 pay statement. Supplemental Security Income of $55 per month is deducted from my pay.

People my age are collecting SSI because they won’t take personal responsibility for their bodies, instead drinking, smoking and eating themselves to death. Or they are sitting on their bottoms getting depressed because they are unable to work, or they fake insanity for early retirement to collect more than their take-home pay, or they are divorcees who bleed their former spouses dry of resources to indulge their spoiled baby boom brats.

Or they are youngsters who ignore their children who are unable to function so they can be labeled with a disability.

Or millionaires who automatically get their SSI checks for a slush fund.

Where does it end? How much will they continue to gouge the working class?

It’s the working class verses the entitlement class. The bow is breaking. Do you think if the entitlement class worked a bit they’d be less depressed and need less medication/attention, lessening both health costs and government doles?

President Lincoln dealt with slavery; now the new slaves are the entitlement class – a voting block nonetheless for the plantation owners. How sad.

I’ve downsized my cable television to 13 channels, traded in my vehicle for one with better gas mileage and converted my heat in order to afford food because I don’t qualify, use or want food stamps. Unbelievable.

I’m sure the entitlement class has cable TV, smart phones, drugs and the like because they can afford it.

Janet Spack

Jerome

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