The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


July 13, 2014

Readers' Forum 7-13 | Picnic, concert a way to express community

JOHNSTOWN — We would like to thank the Community Foundation and others involved with the Fourth of July celebration in Johnstown.

The community picnic held at PNG Park was a wonderful way to express community in our area, and it was good to see so many taking part.

A special thank you to Maestro Istvan Jaray and the members of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, whose music, year after year, has added so much to our local celebration of this great American holiday.

The soloists, Max Fedore and Ryleigh Jones, were a special treat.

Francis and Judy Kelly


Candidate’s solution is more big gov’t

I was concerned by some comments made by 12th Congressional District candidate Erin McClelland that were published in the July 3 paper.

McClelland says the religious right is driving people to run to the Affordable Care Act. I don’t think it is fair for McClelland to characterize people who have conscientious and religious concerns with Obamacare as the religious right.

People from all backgrounds and beliefs have concerns with Obamacare. McClelland has previously stated she supports maintaining the Affordable Care Act ( When asked if she was in favor of keeping, reforming or repealing Obamacare, McClelland said she absolutely supports maintaining the Affordable Care Act.)

Unfortunately, Obamacare has been a disaster for many families, driving up costs and limiting their options to select a doctor or coverage of their choosing.

The latest challenge to the law was about mandates forcing employers to violate their religious beliefs.

McClelland says she wants to be elected so she can solve problems. If big-government policies like Obamacare are her idea of a solution, I’m worried our problems would only grow worse if she was in Congress.

Heidi Bence


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Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

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