The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 25, 2012

Readers' Forum 11-25 | Charities should unite to honor all children

Submitted by Readers

— I found the story in the Nov. 17 paper, “Toy collection will honor tot,” quite moving and hope the effort brings some relief to the grieving parents and other family members. May God bring them peace.

This gesture will put a smile on a child’s face. This beautiful child (Maddox Derkosh) has been honored twice in his short life – at birth and at death. This little child is now in a better place than we are  – in the arms of Christ.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, next year, charities could come together to honor all the sweet, innocent children who never had a chance to be honored even once. Instead they are welcomed in hatred or fear and butchered in their own mother’s womb. What a sin and may God have mercy on us all.

Truth is ugly sometimes.

Dixie Lochrie


Scouts’ food drive a huge success

Recently, a Boy Scout troop, along with Cub Scouts in our area, held a food drive. These boys and their leaders worked diligently to distribute fliers and to gather canned goods for those less fortunate.

With the help of our friends and neighbors who supported their efforts by donating food, it was a huge success. We are fortunate to have such caring individuals in our community.

Nealene Tyger


Political spending equals more votes

We need a sound fiscal policy. Follow the money has become motive for many politicians. Follow the money and his brother, something for nothing, combine to make a powerful force.

Politicians follow the money into supporting faulty economics, which is inflation through printing money, because they’re always short of two things: Money to buy votes and votes to obtain more money.

Printing money and inflating the currency has become normal. This gives the government an unlimited supply of money to continue bribing voters with more spending. In the long term, this leaves extremely high debts and fiscal crises.

Those responsible will be long out of office when it hits the fan. Letting tax cuts expire on the wealthiest isn’t the solution. It would bring in $85 billion, which is spent in nine days.

Our politicians follow the money by continuing high spending. The something-for-nothing crowd continues to vote for more. Many politicians care more about votes and short-term money. Printing more money to continue spending is really an unofficial tax on us since inflation leads to higher prices.

It starts with government promising more spending, more money is printed, inflation increases prices, and the rest of us are left wondering why it’s tougher each year to earn a living. This especially hurts fixed-income households.

Politicians know that continuing to spend means more votes. Proof is seen in how much the Federal Reserve has printed/put into circulation (quantitative easing), which coincides with price increases on everything.

Perhaps voting long-term fiscal discipline is better than short-term follow the money.

Ryan Hill


More to worry about than fiscal cliff

The widening gap between public servants and the public will eliminate a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

Did four Americans in service to you and me ask for help before they were murdered in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya? Who did they ask and why wasn’t the request approved?

America gave Libya and its people an apology for insulting their religion. America respects all religions. This was made possible by living as “one nation under God.” Two hundred and thirty-six years of Christians and Jews respecting, uniting and strengthening America.

We were introduced to the Middle East and Islam on 9/11. The Middle East is a  region where the people and their countries pay allegiance to their religion – referred to as a brotherhood committing acts of murder and destruction. What groups from America kill people to honor God?

The border left unsecured allowed the brotherhood to join the melting pot of Americans. Lax immigration laws helped them to sneak in under the wire.

What’s next? It wouldn’t surprise me if the wealthy from the Middle East develop businesses right here in the U.S.A. While they’re giving paychecks, what are they taking?

The fiscal cliff isn’t my biggest worry.

Rose Fritz


Date doesn’t connect as day of infamy

Regarding Ron Marol’s letter on Nov. 21 (“We must move forward as a nation”): While his concept of moving forward together in the best interest of the nation is laudable, he lost me on at least one of the dates of infamy he cited.

I recognize the latter three dates he cited, but his noting of Sept. 2, 1941, as one of the “dates of infamy” went over my head.

Some quick research shows these less-than-famous events on that apparently not-so-famous Sept. 2, 1941:

* The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences copyrights Oscar statuette.

* Birth dates of late golfer Tommy Aycock, former CEO Peter Browning and former Georgetown coach John Thompson.

* RAF bombs targets in northern France in daylight raids, responding to criticism of lack of accuracy in night bombing

* Chicago Cubs beat Cincinnati Reds (maybe they were the Redlegs then) 3-1 at Wrigley Field.

I can’t seem to connect these dates into an important date of infamy for our nation.

Maybe I’m missing something.

Rick Truscello



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