The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

June 14, 2013

Readers' forum 6-14 | Aid for veterans before illegal immigrants

Submitted by Readers

JOHNSTOWN — I find it ironic the U.S. Senate is debating a bill (S.744) that in reality is a pardon for 11.5 million individuals who broke the law by entering the country illegally and continue to break the law by remaining here, yet we have veterans waiting many months and years to have their claims for injury or illness processed by the VA.

Many of these veterans were drafted and chose to obey the law by serving their country rather than breaking the law and running away. Where is the Senate’s compassion for the veterans who obeyed the law?

I would rather see my tax dollars spent on those who served us, whether they volunteered or were drafted, rather than fund the lawbreakers and the drain they would put on Social Security and Medicare.

Robert Vetock


Understand issues before criticizing

I reviewed the recent letter by Frank Desimone (May 25, “CEASE afflicted with blindness”) critical of various CEASE positions and was preparing a response to take issue with his statements/assertions. As I worked on my response, it dawned on me the Westmont Hilltop School District electorate responded loudly and clearly on May 21 to his criticisms of CEASE’s positions when they elected all the CEASE-endorsed candidates.

That overwhelming victory responded more eloquently and is far more meaningful than anything I could write.

I respectfully suggest Desimone attend some board meetings, listen to the discussions and understand the issues before writing letters critical of either board decisions or CEASE positions on various topics.

James Greco


Pray, no matter how feeble the attempt

I’ve read the Rev. Tony Joseph’s minisermon on June 3 in The Tribune-Democrat several times. There is no doubt of his sincerity in its message.

However, somehow I missed the title message, “Hopefully God isn’t listening.” I finally ended up with: He means we are praying for the wrong things.

Personally, I take solace that the Holy Spirit will take my feeble efforts of prayer and make them acceptable to the master of prayers.

James E. Hedglin


Defending, abusing power of law

Law construeth always for the good. That being said, whistleblowers aren’t required to posess a law degree.

A recognition between right and wrong, conscience and the desire to stop or prevent injury to others is motivation.

Now, take a look at public services, public servants and the leadership in state and federal government divisions.

We the people are being bullied and discriminated against by those who took an oath to uphold the law as it pertains to the Constitution of the United States. Many of those bullies are lawyers.

When asked a question pertaining to wrongdoing, they believe that answering “I don’t recall” or invoking the Fifth Ammendment absolves them from giving a whole and truthful answer.

They split hairs with their tongues. How can law always be for the good when actions and words of those in power are used for their own gain or image? It can’t.

That the difference as it pertains to the power of law.

Whistleblowers rely on the giving power of law, and some in public service – elected officials and union members – violate its very foundation by their arrogance.

While laws exist to protect whistleblowers, the damage done to the person can be devastating and life changing.

It can also be one of the greatest blessings you can ever imagine.

Rose Fritz


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