The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 20, 2014

Readers' Forum 6-20 | Tough immigration laws are just

JOHNSTOWN — In response to the column by Debra Taczanowsky on June 6, “Acceptance of others will make us indivisible,” when will we stop being blamed for the sins of others?

Native American’s suffered greatly, but calling a smallpox epidemic a hate crime is nonsensical. Fifteenth century explorers didn’t intentionally infect anyone. We shouldn’t distort the truth of one of our nation’s saddest chapters.

The Emancipation Proclamation was signed more than 151 years ago, and yes, Italian and Irish immigrants were discriminated against in the past, but they are now some of our most patriotic citizens.

How long must we carry these burdens and guilt? I’m surprised that Taczanowsky failed to mention the Japanese internment camps of World War II.

Now to the point of her column: immigration. Thousands of children have been separated from their parents because the parents decided to enter this country in violation of our laws, not because those laws were flawed. If we let them stay, why not just put a sign on the border telling them to give birth as soon as they get here so they can stay?

Real immigration reform includes border enforcement and an I.D. system that makes it impossible for employers to hire illegals. Pass this and they will self-deport en masse at no cost.

If you think our immigration laws are unjust, examine those of Central and South American countries. Call me a racist if you want, but I will not be ashamed of decisions made by others. And I refuse to apologize for expecting people to obey our laws.

David Black


Johnstown’s council can’t be trusted

I’m writing about the mud hole called the Point Stadium. Some of the money from the sale of the Dornick Point sewage treatment plant went into the Point Stadium. It was used to renovate the mud hole so that AAABA could play ball.

That sure was a real expensive renovation. 

Now that pressure testing has been thrown out, the City Council will find a way to up the cost of sewage because it will report the water flow will increase because pressure testing was not done.

City Council is not to be trusted. The volume of water needs to be independently verified by an engineering firm other than the EADS Group because it has shown to have a vested interest in the council.

We have to stick together.

Priscilla Stricker


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