The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 16, 2012

Readers' Forum 11-16 | Real entitlements go to our legislators

Submitted by Readers

— I have grown weary of listening to our Republican-controlled U.S. House calling Medicare and Social Security entitlements.

We seniors paid into these two programs during our working years and still pay into Medicare, even though we are on pension.

The real entitlements are the enormous pensions, free health and life insurances and gasoline, cars and other transportation fees awarded our legislators, along with the inflated per diem they charge and  receive, all paid for by American taxpayers.

It’s time Congress members did the job they were elected to do and quit playing petty, childish politics.

Wake up, America.

Donald G. Mishler


Different prices on gas don’t add up

It seems strange that a convenience store chain does not have the same price for gasoline at all its stations in our area.

On Sunday, we were in Ebensburg and gas was $3.43.9 a gallon. On Monday, on Scalp Avenue in Richland Township, it was $3.49.9 a gallon and on Galleria Drive in Richland it was $3.69.9 a gallon.

The different prices don’t add up. What is going on? Are some stations taking advantage of people?

Donna Black


City leaders failing residents who care

I’ve written several times praising our city, and its West End section in particular. However, after a city tour with an out-of-town family member, I now realize I was wrong.

My advice to our youth is to get out of Dodge. This city is done. Why? Our leaders in City Hall have no control, nor do they apparently care as long as they have a job.

There are no or little restrictions on tax-exempt public housing, on Section 8 and out-of-town buyers or on multi-home buyers who purchase homes, do some repair work and walk away, letting the structures fall into disrepair.

They get paid by the government. Our tax dollars at work.

The city has buckled on inspecting rentals and unsafe housing. They allow dilapidated buildings to stand – regardless of public safety – and then offer excuses.

We don’t even know who owns them.

Make laws to protect our city and enforce them.

Those who complain are labeled as troublemakers. In my book, they are “guilty” only of caring. They see the rot every day.

Nursing homes, some of which hide behind religious names, should pay property taxes, too. They are in business for a profit, like hospitals.

The tax burden falls to the everyday person. I wish good luck to those who are stuck here. But tell others to get out while they still can. Without fair taxation, we will always be a distressed city.

Lindy Yutzy


Letter writer’s ‘logic’ taken to task

The letter of M.L. Evans on Nov. 9, “Freedom to choose a hallmark of America,” contains many examples of what passes for logic in many letters to the editor.

Evans asserts that God is pro-choice. How does the writer know? Yet another person qualified to speak for God?

Evans then asserts that the law proscribing anything has no effect on human behavior. Is Evans serious? Of course it does. And anyone whoever slowed down when he saw a police car knows it.

Evans goes on to tell us that abortions are rare. Rare? Abortions in the United States are of epidemic proportion.

Evans is also an expert on animal behavior, saying that animals cannot choose.

What about a dog choosing to obey rather than running after a car?

The writer goes on to assert that the womb should be the safest place for a baby to be, but claims to be pro-abortion. What is this writer talking about?

And finally, we are informed that God is all about freedom. Apparently, when God said “thou shall not kill,” he meant thou shall not kill unless you want to. What nonsense.

And Evans finishes with a flourish, saying that God is pro-choice because he gave Mary a choice to have or not have Jesus.

Oh, boy.

Please, folks. Would those of you who are completely illogical and/or ill-informed please not advertise these facts.

Robert R. Benson


Election results likened to Bible story

The presidential election this year reminded me of the story of Adam and Eve. They chose to eat the forbidden fruit, and the world has been paying for it ever since.

Now, the people have chosen the wrong path again. They ate the fruit. Now, we will pay dearly for years and years to come.

God help us, for we will all suffer because of the acts of some.

Ruth Opdenhoff


Critz didn’t lose; he was robbed

The Republican-controlled state government made sure to include Allegheny and Beaver counties in our congressional district’s reapportionment. It makes it  almost impossible for someone from Cambria County to win a 12th district election.

We are going to pay for losing Rep. Mark Critz. There will be job losses and contracts will not be awarded to the East Hills defense contractors.

The Republicans were after a great congressman, Jack Murtha, who did a lot for this area. He worked with both parties.

Critz worked about 12 years alongside  Murtha and learned a lot.

How can anyone respect how this election was won? Somerset County voters listened to lies in TV political ads. In time, they will realize what a big mistake they made when it comes to jobs.

Hold your head up high, congressman Critz. You did not lose; they robbed you.

Mary Ann Romano


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