The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 14, 2013

Readers' Forum 3-14 | Cut superfluous channels, keep KDKA

Submitted by Readers

JOHNSTOWN — The impending loss of venerable TV station KDKA from Atlantic Broadband’s array is a genuine shame.

It has provided professional and quality programming since it became available on cable in the 1960s. Its absence, along with the disappearance of the weekday Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (the newpaper’s decision), contributes to the continuing provincial character of an area that sorely needs to be more cosmopolitan.

If two CBS affiliates in this market are unmanageable, the deletion of the ever- bland and boring WTAJ in Altoona would be preferable. I would bet that this would please WJAC as well.

I’m sure there are many other subscribers who would like the ability to choose their own programming if the technology was available. In this day and age of electronic everything, why isn’t the technology available? Engineers should  get on the stick.

Personally, I don’t need children’s shows or shopping networks. I don’t want to pay for TV that features people buying, renovating or “flipping” houses, pawn brokers, bounty hunters, repo men, car races, chases or crashes, reruns, hoarders, religious charlatanry or Fox News. Of course, this is a matter of personal taste.

In a country that is terrified of socialism, the cable-TV market, along with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, are downright totalitarian. No one is required to indulge in any of this, but if more high-definition channels are being installed as some sort of palliative, KDKA-HD should be among them and save the money elsewhere.

Michael M. Mosorjak


Band together to fight rental blight

This letter is in response to Cynthia Petersen’s Readers’ Forum letter on March 8, “Old Westmont, too, showing a bad side.” She stated that people who rent are “Section 8 dwellers ­– criminals,” welfare recipients and unwilling to work, and slum landlords are renting to anyone.

Those are some pretty harsh and discriminating words.

As Petersen is probably aware, Westmont Borough already has an ordinance in place that singles out and discriminates against landlords. During the past year, the borough has performed inspections on more than 300 rental units at a cost to landlords of more than $50,000, and has not found any major infractions. Maybe all homeowners should be subject to the same fees and inspections.

It is unfortunate that many people have had to move away from the area due to the economy and high taxes. Unable to sell their homes, they have turned to renting as a viable option.

I’d like to think that most homeowners take pride in their properties, but I agree with Petersen that rental and owner-occupied properties have deteriorated over the years. Maybe we as a community can come together and ask ourselves, what can we do to help?

Cliff Majercsik


Right America before helping other nations

I’ve always enjoyed reading Bill Jones’ columns, and this time, as usual, he hit the nail right on the head.

I would look forward to reading Jones’ thoughts about John Kerry offering Egypt $250 million while we are cutting benefits for our military personnel and their families. At the same time, my neighbor’s wife is taking a $500-per-month pay cut and others are losing their jobs because of sequestration.

Around the world, we are a joke in so many ways. Why aren’t we eliminating all foreign aid until we get our fiscal house in order? The American people are out of work while we continue to financially support the rest of the world, including communist governments such as China and Vietnam.

More than 58,000 Americans lost their lives trying to keep communism out of Southeast Asia. Now we support their regimes with American tax dollars.

We no longer have any integrity or conscience.

We are on a slippery downhill slope and Washington no longer has the ability to apply the brakes.

Joe Hancharick

King George, Va., formerly of Windber

Birthday treat a pleasant surprise

On March 4, my wife and I went to a restaurant in Richland Township to celebrate my birthday. We asked our waitress about the restaurant’s birthday meals and then gave her our orders.

Halfway through our meal, our waitress asked if everything was OK. I told her this was my 83rd birthday. Someone sitting near our table heard our conversation.

When we went to pay our bill, we were told it was already paid for.

Whoever you are, thank you. We sincerely appreciate what you did.

Mr. and Mrs. William Grove


After looking at facts, now is the time

In response to “Now not the time for gov’t to cut spending” by Ralph A. Swank on March 8: Could the Republicans and the tea party be correct in their reasoning? I hear them, too. They are all over the airwaves telling American people that the government needs to stop spending all the revenue. Why do they do this?

 I assume it’s because we the people send the federal government (April 15) funds to run the government in the upcoming year and the Republicans realize that the revenue we send is sufficient to run the federal government for the upcoming fiscal year.

Republicans also know a smaller, more- efficient government means that, in the end, we the people can get the same great service from our federal government utilizing fewer of the dollars that we send to the IRS. Note: If the government expands, that requires more taxes for the same services. Also, any new services or departments will increase our taxes, too. Is that what we need in this kind of economy?

By the way, doesn’t the tea party say that we are Taxed Enough Already?

Finally, I want to point out that the Republican Party wants businesses (of all sizes) to pay less corporate taxes so that they can hire more employees, expand their operations, pay their workers more, upgrade their operating equipment and/or manufacturing processes and offer more benefits for their workers and their families. No wonder businesses balk at paying higher federal/local taxes.

I was wondering, could the Republicans and the tea party be correct? Maybe now is the time.

John Pcola

St. Michael

Resolve issues surrounding principal

Good leaders, let alone great ones, are hard to find – and keep.

Ken Salem has dedicated most of his adult life to his alma mater as a teacher, coach, disciplinarian, vice principal and principal. Many know Salem for his tenure as Bishop McCort’s head football coach, during which his teams routinely contended for district championships and competed for a state championship.

Perhaps the most notable aspect of Salem’s sterling football career was that he was willing to walk away from it.

For the past two years, he has turned all his energies to being McCort’s principal and principal strategist and fundraiser to ensure the future of the venerable Roman Catholic school.

My three sons played football for Salem, but they learned much more than simply how to play football. His messages about integrity and commitment struck a powerful chord.

My two daughters, still at McCort, admire and revere him, as do so many other students, parents and alumni.

Some believe Salem is Bishop McCort. He’d be the first to say McCort is the students, the parents and the teachers.

Rather than fixate on his status, he’d prefer that McCort students focus on their studies, their faith and their future.

Salem is a faith-filled, extraordinary motivator and an exemplary Roman Catholic educator, mentor and leader. I pray that the issues surrounding his leave are resolved quickly and that he wants to return to the school that needs him greatly.

Larry R. O’Reilly


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