The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 13, 2013

Readers' Forum 2-13 | Politicians only interested in filling pockets

— I’m glad that we have the Readers’ Forum, and all the good people who are speaking their minds on different issues.

 Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought that by voting we were hiring people to do their jobs for their country and people.

When we are employers and they work for us, we should have a say in giving raises and making laws.

Before passing laws, why can’t they be put on the ballots and let the people have a say?

I like William H. Flook’s letter (“Full-time pay for part-time work,” Feb. 1). He told us what those politicians can get away with by working only 57-63 days a year, and that means they make $4,000 a day.

How many of us make $4,000 a day? 

Why didn’t the media mention this? 

Those politicians make taxpayers pay for their cars and gas. Isn’t it a shame there isn’t one person in our government who cares for the veterans and the ones in need?

I believe politicians are only in there to fill their pockets. I wouldn’t want to be in their shoes on judgment day. Don’t they know it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God?

Dorothy Ford

Mineral Point

Financial bleeding continues unabated

The real problem in the state of Pennsylvania has been caused by eight years of unabashed spending by the Rendell administration.

The reason Gov. Tom Corbett was elected was with the hope that this unaccountable spending would stop.

The reality is this: Cut spending or drastically raise taxes. Keep in mind that 2016 will spell doomsday for the state when it has to come up with $26 billion to fund the public unions’ pensions.

Is this Corbett’s doing?

A most definite no!

I favor making cuts in state spending, not raising taxes. I do not begrudge

anyone from making a living wage, but is it fair that many public servants, de-fined as those being paid with taxpayers’ dollars, have pensions between $50,000 and $100,000 while the rest of the retired population struggles to get by?

Note that widows of retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. workers receive $100-a-month pensions.

If Tom Corbett is not re-elected in 2014, expect state taxes of every kind to double or triple.

Unfortunately, the same attitude exists on the national level. President Obama leaves office in 2016. America will be $20 trillion in debt, more than 50 million people will be on welfare and 50 percent of the population will be paying no taxes – and no one seems to care.

A glaring example of this is the U.S. Postal Service. According to The Tribune-Democrat’s figures, it is losing millions of dollars every day.

When is the bleeding going to stop?

John R. Skubak


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