The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 15, 2013

Readers' Forum 3-15 | Concert of extrasensory perception


JOHNSTOWN — Kudos to all involved in Special Olympics

The annual basket party fundraiser to benefit Cambria County Special Olympics has grown each year, with the event on Feb. 24 being even bigger than any of us had anticipated.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to our Special Olympic families and area businesses involved this year for their continued support. We were in a new venue this year, Christ the Saviour Educational Center, and the staff there could not have been more supportive. We truly appreciated the help.

This year, we also had Jesse Kessler and Zack Wallace of the Johnstown Tomahawks and Girl Scout Troop 40075 volunteering their time in assisting the athletes.

We also thank the annual basket party committee and our Cambria County athletes – they are fantastic.

Bonnie Pfeil

coach, Cambria County Special Olympics

It’s despicable to end White House tours

Just another slap in the face to the American people. I do not know whose idea it was, but the decision to close the White House tours for Americans is the ultimate low from our Washington elite.

Somehow, in their deranged minds, those responsible think they are making some sick political statement or a political point, I suppose.

What is even worse is that we are letting it go on. We should be ashamed of ourselves for putting up with this kind of nonsense from those we elect. In as much, we keep electing and re-electing those same politicians who are out for their own interests or their party’s interests, rather than the interests of their constituents.

It should go without saying that those we have sent to Congress should be screaming at the top of their lungs at whoever made such a despicable decision.

However, the cowards will not say a word. They expect us to accept whatever foolishness they can dish out and, yes, keep voting them in.

It certainly is a sad day when we have to write, call or email our representatives to ask them to please re-open the White House tours for the American citizenry.

I would ask Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey and Reps. Bill Shuster and Keith Rothfus and the 531 other so-called representatives of we the people: Where are you now?

John Toth



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