Mary Sanchez (June 21) obviously doesn’t like the stand-your-ground self-defense laws that have been passed in many states. She cites George Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin to support her view.
If Zimmerman is telling the truth, Martin came up to him, knocked him down, and was on top of him bashing his head into the pavement. (Zimmerman’s injuries are consistent with his story.)
In that case, retreat was not possible and the stand-your-ground law is irrelevant. But, if Zimmerman initiated the altercation with Martin, he is not protected by stand your ground.
Either way, Sanchez’s opinion piece is rooted in a non sequitur.
Murder rates have dropped by a factor of two in the U.S. as the number of guns in private hands has increased and as the vast majority of states have seen fit to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms for their defense.
Meanwhile, between 1960 and 2010, murder rates increased in the states that (according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence) adopted the strictest gun-control laws while falling in the states with the most lax gun laws.
Anti-gun propagandists are left with little more than slimy insinuations against our Second Amendment rights. Sanchez, for example, spends most of her opinion column ridiculing the whole idea of self-defense, with irrelevant references to childish playground spats and the self-serving false claims of violent felons.
That’s the best they can do. That’s why their campaign against our rights is failing.
Area’s terrain makes TV antenna useless
I recently read in Readers’ Forum about an antenna someone bought to receive free TV reception. Just take it out of the box and plug it in. Presto!
Guess what? It might pick up a local station, but I wouldn’t bet on that, either.
Today’s television broadcasting is ultrahigh frequency (UHF), which means all video signals travel in a straight line.
If there is a building, hill, tree, iron deposit, valley, etc., you can forget about a UHF TV signal.
I live on top of a high hill and rotate twin, very-high-gain antennas – with a 30-decible-gain amplifier and still suffer from signal problems, such as distance, wind, rain, snow, etc. These and many other things cancel UHF TV signals.
You can’t arrest signals that are not there due to terrain or other things that block signals. If your signal is blocked, no antenna will work.
If you live where it’s flat country, the antenna might work but does the UHF signal reach where the writer lives? It might work well in a glider airship at 10,000 feet.
Spend your money smartly, and good luck on that refund. You’re probably not alone on that one.
Everyone has peeves, join the crowd
On June 8, Homer Mattes wrote to Readers’ Forum regarding changes to cable-TV services. My answer to him is to switch to another provider.
Also, concerning his pet peeves, join the club. We all have them, he is not alone.
As for motorists who travel in the passing lane, why doesn’t he just pass them? Is he going the speed limit? What is his hurry?
Then, he has issues with young people playing loud music and wearing their pants below their butts. And he wants the police to do something? I think they have much more important matters to attend to. Try talking nicely to them and maybe a better outcome would occur.
He also wrote that while walking his dog at Sandyvale Cemetery’s dog park, his dog was attacked. Did he call the police then? All he said was that he was watching them. Not all pit bulls are bad. The owners play a big part in how their dogs are raised. I have a dachshund who loves nothing more than to hang out with his pit bull friend.
I think he could find much greater problems to complain about, and maybe there will be better days ahead.
Wonderful outing ended on a sad note On June 23, my extended family had its annual family reunion at the Quemahoning Dam recreational park. What a wonderful day. The weather was just warm enough to go swimming, fishing or to ride paddle boats, with no rain. And the little ones could play on the playground or in the sand. Great food, family to visit with and games.
If you have never visited the Quemahoning, you are missing out on a beautiful place to take your family at a very inexpensive price.
When we were packing our cars to go home, it was found out that someone had taken my 10-year-old grandson’s fishing rod and vest with all of his fishing supplies in it. He had left them just feet from the pavilion we had rented. The rod was a gift for doing a good job on his report cards, the vest was a Christmas present, the multitool was a present from me, and various hooks and such in the vest were bought with birthday money.
What should have been a lovely day ended sadly because someone had taken what was not his or hers.
If you have these items and would like to return them to my grandson, please drop them off at the hut going into the park and call Ken at 233-9512. He will be glad to get them to us with no questions asked.
We will still go back to the park because it is a lovely place to go, but we will keep a closer eye on the people around us.
Casino would pay out dividends for city
I am tired of seeing busload after busload of people heading to various gambling casinos in Pennsylvania and out of state. I believe we need a casino to be located within the city limits of Johnstown.
I visualize people coming from 75 to 100 miles away to visit our casino.
Also, besides the jobs created at the casino, there would be spin-off jobs here in Johnstown. New restaurants, hotels and various other businesses would be needed to cater to the gambling public. This would create construction jobs for one to three years.
I look into my “futurescope” and I see many buses loaded with gamblers eager to gamble in our beautiful city and spend their money here.
Paul C. Rinker