The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 6, 2012

Readers' Forum 12-6 | Legislation deserves outdoorsmen’s support


— Performers in county band all-stars, too

Let’s congratulate all school students for doing well scholastically and to those who participate in school projects. Unfortunately, some projects are acknowledged more than others. Let’s admit it, sports get the spotlight. It’s hard to believe, but there are dedicated students involved in other activities. Very important and often overlooked are the arts. They range from music to theater.

I had the privilege of attending the 2012 Cambria County Band Concert. The 172 combined junior/senior high musicians were the “who’s who” or all-stars from all over Cambria County. The concert was performed to a standing-room-only auditorium.

These musicians practice as hard as any athlete on the field, but their all-star game, unfortunately, was overlooked by the media. Why? Does it take putting on helmets and pads to get recognition?

Just as a local athlete can make it to the big dance, some local band members can play the music.

Mark and Melissa Venesky


Ending hateful letters step in right direction

Thank you for the editorial on Dec. 3 asking for the end of divisiveness after the election. I was among the ones who felt strongly that you published too many on the right-leaning side and what I, in anger, called overzealous and fearmongering pieces.

I thank the woman who called with the message to stop the hateful letters. I have an impulse to say the election is done, get over yourselves and stop being angry old white men, but that puts me in the category of inflaming again, something I think we agree should stop.

Let’s give our young people a glimpse back into the era of having respect for elected officials and our elective processes.

In this season of peace and good will, it behooves us to try.

Mary Ann (Peretin) DeRosa

St. Michael


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