The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 22, 2013

Readers' Forum 2-22 | Common sense lacking from society

Submitted by Readers

— Five- and 6-year-old children suspended from school for playing common childhood games such as cops and robbers and with a bubble gun?

It is scary the type of people who are in charge of schools, as is the thought of arming school personnel with guns.

Do they not consider that a teacher could be overpowered by a student? Or a student could be shot in a scuffle?

Would not a taser gun be more appropriate?

Thousands of dollars were raised to operate on a dog while many people are in need of medical care, food and heat.

Animals are considered more important than babies in the womb.

Destroying an unwanted animal is considered a crime, while destroying a baby in the womb is not.

Animals are made for people, not people for animals.

There are too many fools, and the lack of common sense in our society is scary.

D.V. Hankinson

New Baltimore

Working poor in Pa. deserve Medicaid

Gov. Tom Corbett favors what he calls free clinics. These clinics are an excellent aid to the health care crisis caused by the for-profit health care industry, but they are not a large-scale answer to our health care problem.

The governor supports state funding to clinics labeled free, which actually operate on a sliding scale of cash, insurance payment or no charge if the patient can prove low income or that Medicaid has turned them down due to income.

This type of clinic usually operates in close connection with a federally operated facility that is fully free to low-income working poor who cannot receive Medicaid due to income.

One sliding scale clinic in Blair County then asks patients to buy hospital insurance for $99 a month. I understand that these clinics must finance themselves to operate, and I look highly upon what they are trying to do to help the working poor.

These clinics, however, cannot reach as many people as Medicaid can through the Affordable Care Act. By refusing the expansion of Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act, Corbett is again favoring the corporations at the peril of the 41 percent uninsured people of Pennsylvania whom the act would help.

The struggling working poor help to pay for Corbett’s and his family’s health care. So why does he refuse to return the favor, instead denying them Medicaid that would help them survive? He predictably chooses to prop up the profits of the private health care cartel.

Louis Mollica


Force politicians to live like us

I have read many letters about politicians receiving high salaries. Whose fault is that? The voters, that’s who.

We all know politicians do very little, especially for the taxpayers (except raise taxes), but when elections come around, instead of voting them out of office, we vote for them.

Another thing that bugs me – aren’t the taxpayers the ones paying politicians’ high salaries? Why do politicians believe they deserve to earn more than their “employers”? It doesn’t work that way in the real world.

Politicians need to be put on the clock at about $10/hour and given a performance review once a year. Then, if they show improvement, given a small raise just like us working people. If that was done and all the back taxes were collected, I’ll bet there would be a surplus budget.

Why do these same politicians punish us seniors and disabled by cutting our benefits, and feel it is OK?

I hope one day they need to collect disability and food stamps and get their benefits cut all the time.

I received a $15 raise on Jan. 1 and my food stamps were cut $10. How does that help?

Sara Deffenbaugh

Nanty Glo

Glad to read of sheriff’s commitment

Thank you, Tribune-Democrat, for presenting Cambria County Sheriff Bob Kolar’s stance on the Second Amendment in the article on gun permit applications of Feb. 14. I rejoice to know Kolar will stand by my rights for self-protection.

I pray we can look to the sheriff as a constitutional sheriff in all aspects and against all actions that attempt to infringe upon our rights.

I encourage every citizen to take the time to reread the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights. Be attentive to the actions going on around us, including laws that conflict with these documents. Our creator, not government, has endowed us with unalienable rights.

When we institute a government, it derives power from the consent of the governed. We must be mindful of what power we grant, particularly by actions of ignorance, omission or remaining silent too long. To attribute these rights incorrectly is to hand over the authority to take them away.

The role of county sheriff is one of great authority within Cambria and all counties. He is our strength to stand and refuse to comply with unconstitutional laws. Thank you for your representation, Sheriff Kolar. We stand firmly beside you.

Judith Maucieri


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