The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 9, 2013

Readers' Forum 2-9 | Immigration work part of underhanded plan

— Our country is in the midst of a deep economic crisis, yet President Obama and the Senate gang of eight are working to grant amnesty to 11 million aliens who broke the laws of this country by entering illegally and continue to break the laws by remaining here.

The amnesty would allow illegal aliens to hold jobs or take jobs from American citizens and legal immigrants who want full-time work but are unable to find it.

This amnesty would also encourage additional lawbreakers to enter the country in hopes of being granted amnesty,  thus taking away more jobs from taxpaying citizens.

The senators are using the phony argument of controlling immigration as part of an underhanded plan. If they were serious about controlling immigration, our military forces would be deployed to our borders to prevent invaders from entering this country. Instead, we have troops all over the world, including in countries that have capable military forces.

The truth is that both the Democratic and Republican senators favor the amnesty in the hopes of gaining the Hispanic vote in future elections.  I guess they have forgotten those Americans who pay taxes, live lawfully in the United States and are their constituents.

As Americans, we need to keep a close eye on our legislators, especially U.S. Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey and U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus. If they vote against America, then we need to vote against them.

Robert Vetock


Fire department asset to community

We would like to thank the Johnstown Fire Department for its timely and professional services when it responded to a chimney fire at our home recently. As a result of the department’s work, we were able to sleep soundly after the event, knowing that firefighters had thoroughly checked all aspects of the flue when it was safe to do so.

It’s comforting to know that when an emergency such as this arises, firefighters respond quickly and, by doing so, limit the risk of property damage and possibly loss of life should one ever experience a full-blown fire.

We can’t thank them enough for a job well done. We hope that our fellow Johnstowners know how much of an asset we truly have.

We can be thankful we have a professional fire department and, as a community, should be proud of the work and service it provides.

It’s platinum in our book.

Lonnie and Melanie Rietscha



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