The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

July 31, 2013

Readers' Forum 7-31 | Stop oppressing those we think are different

Submitted by Readers

JOHNSTOWN — This country’s Constitution was founded on the concept that every man was created equal. Correct me if I’m wrong, but why are we, as Americans, forcing our beliefs on others?

Gay marriage should be a right for every man or woman according to the Constitution. Race shouldn’t even be a factor in today’s society, yet it is.

This country was founded to escape religious oppression, yet we are trying to use religion to oppress gays and people of other ethnicity or religious beliefs.

I’m an atheist. I couldn’t care less if someone was gay, Catholic, Christian, Muslim, black, yellow or white. Good people come in all forms and beliefs. We need to stop this oppression.

And make sure you thank a veteran for your freedom of speech. Otherwise, you might be killed for heresy.

Thank you, veterans.

Ricky Cassick


Race talk must be on Americans, not color

We’re told once again, almost daily, that we need to have a conversation about race in America. Yes, we do. But it needs to be a legitimate, two-way conversation that includes whites as well as blacks. It needs to be a conversation about Americans, not of color.

Where on earth, other than America, have blacks had the opportunity to achieve the highest level of freedom and prosperity and practice any religion they choose? Where on earth, other than America, has more money been spent to bring the black community into the mainstream?

We hear talk of “ladders of opportunity.” Yet we find that “deserving” whites are left out because of government, business and college discrimination due to affirmative action and quotas. No longer do the best of any color succeed. It’s now politics and emotions that drive the agenda. Why does color enter the discussion when success is the ultimate goal?

Is it America’s fault that crime and incarceration rates of blacks are more than seven times that of whites? What about the dropout rate of 50 percent, or the unwed birth rate of 72 percent? Is it America’s fault or perhaps the fault of the black community itself?

Why are successful blacks usually shunned and labeled instead of being examples of what others can be?

Why are poverty hustlers still promoted as leaders since we’ve seen that their rhetoric has done nothing for the black community?

Yes, let’s have that conversation about race in America. Let’s discuss just how far it has torn us apart and how harmful it has become for all America.

Marvin R. Gindlesperger


Diner surprised by kindness of others

This is to say thank you to the couple who paid for my dinner at a local restaurant. What a pleasant surprise I received when the waitress said that you had paid for my meal.

I hope you enjoyed the pies you purchased for your Fourth of July picnic.

Thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness toward someone you had never met.

God bless you.

Annett Kristofco

Brownstown Borough

Store, employee went beyond duty

I went shopping at a local supermarket. I had a full day planned, so I parked in front of the store and waited for it to open. I got out of my car and I had my strap with my keys, which I usually wear around my neck, but instead I put them in my purse.

I did my shopping, checked out and went to my car. I began to search for my keys, but they were nowhere to be found. I went back into the store to ask if someone might have turned them in to the lost and found. No luck.

The store owner’s wife looked through my packages to see if they fell in there, and she checked the cashier’s area.

She then asked an employee if she would be kind enough to take me and my groceries home. I couldn’t believe it. The employee not only brought me home, she also got one of the carts we use for taking parcels from our cars to our apartments and put my groceries in the cart. She accompanied me on the elevator and to my apartment, where she went in, unloaded the cart and then put it back where she got it.

I don’t know of any other store that would go to that extent to please a customer. I will shop there exclusively now.

Leanore (Johnson) Spengler


Just when you lose faith in humanity

We thought there were no more good, God-fearing people out there. We believed  that more people do things with the motive of getting money. We also believed, from experience, that you could not trust friends or neighbors.

But a young couple proved us wrong.

We had car problems on Route 56, and this couple stopped and pushed our car off the road. We were so upset about the car that we did not get their names or say thank you.

There still are good people out there, and God will prevail and bless you and yours.

Pat and Dan Taylor

Richland Township