The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


July 20, 2013

Readers' Forum 7-20 | Visitor’s assessment of city was spot on

— I’m tired of hearing all the excuses and listening to the blame games of elected and paid local government officials.

It’s pretty bad when someone from another state disses our town after passing through (July 14 Readers’ Forum, “Out-of-town visitor: Johnstown is a mess”). But do you know what? It was the truth.

Our town of Johnstown went down the toilet long ago, and our local government  leaders aren’t doing anything about it.

I used to watch the city council meetings on TV and couldn’t believe how they blew off important issues. It was unreal.

These people need to wake up and do something about the situation of our city  – or get out.

Fred Bigam


God won’t forget our behavior

Our nation has forgotten what has caused AIDS. It is a sad day when the majority of people in this country are being forced to accept same-sex marriage, which great God sees as abomination.

Have we forgotten that He destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah for this?

President Obama is at fault for pushing this evil thing on our God-fearing country. Beware of the wrath of God, who created Adam and Eve to be husband and wife – nothing else.

I am not perfect – I read Playboy and watch adult films – but I am no fool when it comes to this nonsense.

Instead of making “Brokeback Mountain,” Hollywood should produce a movie about God destroying Sodom and Gomorrah and about men dressing up like women.

How shameful and disgusting to see what’s going on in a country a lot of us love.

I will not vote for any Democrat or Republican who is for same-sex marriage and abortion.

Men marrying men and women marrying women is not a right or a freedom.

John Zawalish


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