The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 15, 2013

Readers' Forum 2-15 | Fat Friday fundraiser a fantastic event

— On Feb. 8, my husband and I attended the annual Roxbury Bandshell Fat Friday fundraising event held at the Pasquerilla Conference Center. A sell-out crowd of 500 attended.

It was a wonderful evening. The food was delicious, the drinks were free and everyone enjoyed dancing to the great Flood City Brass, not to mention the

lucky winners from the $10,000 sweepstake tickets, chances and silent


Tim Rigby so patiently called out all the numbers.

The Roxbury Bandshell Preservation Alliance, chaired by Mary Borkow and her committee, spends endless hours volunteering to make this an outstanding event each year.

Claryne Bowman Young


Americans duped by government

Wow. Are we getting duped. Our politicians in Washington, D.C., think its OK to borrow 40 percent of our government’s operating budget. Then, to add insult to injury, they give away over $300 billion to almost every country in the world. Many of these countries hate us and our lifestyle.

Here is my solution for this and other major problems in our country: Since the government is so eager to give away money, why not use this $300 billion to install high-speed rail systems from north to south and east to west?

Use every one of our 2 million-plus unemployed people to do the work, since the government is paying them anyway with unemployment compensation.

Next, everyone on Social Security disability who is not in a wheelchair should have to report for evaluation. There is always some type of work these people can do.

Next problem: Illegal immigration. If these illegals are serious about becoming citizens, let them sign on to this high-speed rail project for two years. Pay them minimum wage, minus taxes, and feed and house them during this period. This would make them eligible for citizenship.

Another problem solved.

I’m not a rocket scientist, but some common-sense solutions are certainly available. But, will our elected politicians do anything logical? Nope.

Like I said, folks, wow, are we getting duped.

Mark Koenig

Nanty Glo

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