The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


September 29, 2013

Readers' Forum 9-29 | We have so many heroes to thank

JOHNSTOWN — How would you like to meet some real live heroes? No, you do not need to travel to New York City, Chicago, Phoenix or Los Angeles. These heroes are in your neighborhood.

Many wear the uniforms of the United States military.

Others, such as police officers or firefighters, are right in our own backyards. When danger arises and we are running away from disaster, they are running toward it.

Members of the military, police and firefighters do not get the respect and recognition owed them.

Next time you see someone in a military uniform, a policeman or a fireman, tell him or her “thank you.” After a while, this may become habit-forming.

 Wow, this really is a great nation. We have so many heroes.

Paul Rinker


Polycystic ovary syndrome is treatable

This is in response to the girl from Richland who wanted to be homecoming king.

Praise to Richland school board.

Just because women have been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), does not make us a male.

This syndrome is treatable, and there are doctors who specialize in this.

When I read her story, I got mad. Everyone has their opinion, but I am truly female. I gave birth to my son without drugs. God made me a female and there is nothing male about me.

If you check with an OB/GYN in Johnstown, you will find this is as treatable as diabetes and other diseases. The Tribune-Democrat should get a doctor’s view. There are specialists at Magee Women’s Hospital who take care of this, and it is not a male disease. You have to have ovaries to have this, and no male has ovaries.

Please do a follow up with medical advice on PCOS. Having PCOS doesn’t make us a transgender. I am sure there are lots of doctors within the area who could supply facts on this disease and how it is treated and what it is all about.

Marti Brown


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