The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 16, 2013

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


JOHNSTOWN — 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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