The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


July 5, 2013

Readers' Forum 7-5 | In the end, love always wins

— Fifteen years ago, a beautiful baby boy was placed in our home to foster by Cambria County Children and Youth Services. His status changed to “adoption” and one would think that it would only stand to reason, since we had him for 3 1⁄2 years, we would be chosen to adopt him.

At the time, children and youth had a rule that as the child’s foster parent, you had a one out of three chance to adopt your child.

We were not the family chosen.

Our lives as we knew them were turned upside down. Our grieving for him was unbearable, and I walked around with a part of me missing.

I prayed daily for him and wondered if he was being taken care of and loved as much as our family loved him. We went through 15 years of not knowing much about our little boy.

When our child turned 18, he found me on Facebook. That was a real answer to prayers for our family.

I attended his graduation and he is now back living with us. He never forgot us. He remembered the love and stability he had in our home.

When I lost him, I fought long and hard to get him back, but to no avail. I sure hope children and youth does not do this again to another young man and his foster family.

This just goes to show how God watched out for him and us over the 15-year period and reunited us once again.

Our family is now complete and he nor I will ever look back. We will be his family forever.

Sheri Speigle


Make emissions tests fair for all owners

I very much agree with Fred Beppler’s Readers’ Forum article about car emissions testing (June 29, “Emissions-testing fee is discriminatory”).

All motor vehicles are required to be registered and inspected. Why not emissions tests, too?

What makes one county different from another?

The emissions test requirement should be based on the vehicle, not on where the vehicle owner resides.

The test is a rip-off. A reasonable, fixed rate should be set by the state for garages to charge.

Wake up, legislators. This test is extremely unfair, in addition to expensive.

Laura Tomb


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