The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 7, 2013

Readers' Forum 10-7 | Documentaries to watch, if you dare

JOHNSTOWN — I never thought that the four-year high school and expensive four-year university education that I experienced would be blown away by a few documentaries that I watched on Netflex about two weeks ago.

The documentaries, directed by Peter Joseph, are respectively titled: “Zeitgeist: The Movie” (2007), “Zeitgeist: Addendum” (2008) and “Zeitgeist: Moving Forward” (2011). Watching these documentaries changed my life. Although I’ve watched similar documentaries, none have been as powerful as these. Many subjects are covered, including: religion, power, money, history, sociology, psychology, war, peace, wealth, poverty, science, engineering, technology, economics and politics.

I truly believe that citizens who cares about their lives, the lives of their loved ones, and the world would benefit from watching these three films, a total of less than seven hours of your time.

My only intention in writing is to make you aware of these documentaries and hopefully you will watch and then talk about them, be it in the lunch room, at the dinner table or on Facebook. You can also check out the website:

As Edmund Burke said: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men (and women) to do nothing.”

John J. Curlej


GOP has not offered health care option

I have watched the Affordable Care Act progress from its initial introduction through passage, appeal to and subsequent validation through the U.S. Supreme Court. That process makes it the law of the land.

The Republican Party has fought the act  through every step of the legislative process. It has provided misinformation to its constituents via mail, email, press, TV and meetings, making outrageous claims of “death panels” and government intrusion into our personal lives while offering no reasonable alternative for health care to 46 million Americans.

Now, Republicans want to hold the law of the land and our country hostage through the budget process to prevent 46 million Americans from having affordable health care.

Additionally, they want to default our great nation, the wealthiest on earth, on our debts – debts that Congress has authorized.

One must remember that the Republican Party, prior to the 2010 elections, was making claims to shut down the government. Republicans have continually squawked of failed leadership and irresponsible government spending while supplying hundreds of billions of dollars each year to corporate welfare.

Most estimates put the figure at $6,000 a year for each of the 115 million families making over $72,000 per year and a lesser amounts for lower-income levels.

Overall, American families are paying an annual $6,000 subsidy to corporations that have doubled their profits and cut their taxes in half in 10 years while cutting 2.9 million jobs in the U.S. and adding almost as many jobs overseas.

A death sentence to those without health insurance.

Gary Schetrompf


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