The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

June 16, 2013

Readers' Forum 6-16 | And a little child shall lead them

Submitted by Readers

JOHNSTOWN — After Easter, a little girl named Emily came to the St. Andrew Food Pantry on Franklin Street. She looked like a little princess.

In her hand, she had a box of canned goods she had collected. She said she wanted to do something for the poor. In the box were almost 50 cans of food ranging from tuna to soup.

She said she was happy to do that, and she would do it again.

The food pantry wants to thank you, Emily.

Emily is 9 years old.

Grace Lux

St. Andrew Food Pantry

Are we our own worst enemy?

The movie “V for Vendetta” showed a futuristic England with a Big Brother-type government. Anybody not conforming to the new agenda was subjected to torture, experimentation and eventual death in many cases.

A survivor made a profound statement: “People should not be afraid of their government; rather government should be afraid of their people.”

The recent revelations by Edward Snowden of the far-reaching invasion of privacy by the National Security Agency have made many fearful that our government is becoming the Big Brother stereotyped in George Orwell’s book, “1984.”

History has shown how the German people allowed Adolf Hitler to take away their liberties on the premise that, by doing so, they were made safer from their enemies. Instead, they were condemning themselves to a fate much worse.

We must not allow our government to seduce us like the German people were. Only insiders such as Snowden are able to reveal such things since the government has such an appetite to classify everything that it doesn’t want the public to know as top secret.

America is at a crossroads, and we must be vigilant that we take the path of reining in a government that is recklessly determined to take away our liberties. Perhaps Pogo, the comic-strip character, was right when he said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

George Merrits


TV antenna was a bust

I purchased a Clear-Cast television antenna, which was advertised in The Tribune-Democrat.

I tried it on three sides of my home, and it did not work. It was totally worthless, so I returned it for a refund.

That was 30 days ago, and still have not received my refund.

Bill F. Kulback


Court could follow Japan’s lead

Beate Gordon lived in Japan from age 5 to 15. Her father, Leo Sirota, was a concert pianist from the Ukraine who taught at the Japanese Imperial Academy.

She was allowed to play with other Japanese children, which was unusual. She participated in puppet shows and shuttlecock games, and she picked up the language quickly. She claimed she mastered it in 31⁄2 months.

In 1946, Gordon went to Japan and tagged onto Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s occupation army, intending to locate her parents.

She got a job as a Japanese translator. She was 22 years old, an American citizen and not a lawyer. Suddenly, she along with 24 men, were summoned to write – in deepest secrecy – the basic law for postwar Japan in a week.

She produced Article 24, which reads:

“Marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes and it shall be maintained through mutual co-operation with the equal rights of husband and wife as a basis. With regard to choice of spouse, property rights, inheritance, choice of domicile, divorce and other matters pertaining to marriage and the family, laws shall be enacted from the standpoint of individual dignity and the essential equality of the sexes.”

Beate Gordon found her parents,  emaciated and safe.

I am waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling concerning marriage and sexes.

Geza F. Balog



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