The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 1, 2014

Readers' Forum 4-1 | Players displayed true commitment

JOHNSTOWN — Due to my 63 years of involvement with sports as a player, coach and spectator, I am convinced that the most significant earmark of a true winner is commitment. With that being said, we have a group of young men here in Johnstown that personifies this.

They not only give it their all during competition, they also support a variety of worthy causes in our area. They make public appearances and perform countless hours of community service.

They do all of this for their “adopted city” of Johnstown.

I am speaking of the Johnstown Tomahawks. Many of these men had no idea where Johnstown was before their stint with our team. This does not impede them from representing themselves and our area with the same zeal, integrity and drive that they have learned from their coaches.

As my daughter Kylie, a college intern with the Tomahawks, said, “Dad, there were long lines of adults waiting for autographs from kids my age after the game.”

Many among us say that our city and area require a shot in the arm to survive. While there is no one magic pill that will provide this, I suggest that our hockey team is one such injection. I invite you to come and get inoculated.

Bob Truscello


Alternative energy takes back seat to oil

I’m certainly not an expert, but can anyone tell me why the United States continues to give tax breaks and subsidies to oil companies (making billions per year in profits) while ignoring ways to make solar and wind power more affordable with the money we would save?

How much time (and money) has Congress wasted on repeatedly voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), while ignoring gun reform; tax and immigration reforms; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights; attempts to suppress voting (and more); while trying to cut food stamps and long-term unemployment help for truly desperate people (not to mention the minimum wage law)?

Finally, have we ever had a Congress (mostly the House) more hell-bent on obstructing anything that President Obama tries to do? I hate to even say this, but there are (obviously) millions of people in this country who literally can’t stand to see a black man as president. That is frightening.

Wake up, people. It’s not 1958 any more. Give the man (and logic and fairness) a chance.

Greg Falvo


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