The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 2, 2013

Readers' Forum 2-2 | Unions should schedule work stoppage


— What’s to be gained by state giveaways?

Gov. Tom Corbett has decided to give our state lottery system to a private company located outside our country. This means that millions of dollars in profits that should benefit our senior citizens will go out of our country and will not be taxed.

But that is not all. Corbett also wants to give up the very profitable liquor store business, which will have the same effect.

This reminds me of previous Cambria County officials who sold the county nursing home because they claimed it to be losing money. But as I told them, the buyers will hire a good manager and make money, which they are now doing.

What does Corbett hope to gain by this vast giveaway?

And where are our state senators and representatives who we elected and pay huge salaries? They should be working together to put Corbett in his place.

Citizens, please remember this at the next election.

Bill Kulback

Geistown Borough

Hypocrisy: Allow abortion, ban guns

A TV report stated that every 30 seconds a baby is murdered through abortion. That means that in 10 minutes, 20 babies are murdered. That is a little bit more time than it took a person with a crazed mind to murder 20 innocent first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

As a result of those murders, President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg are violating the Second Amendment by trying to take away certain weapons from law-abiding people.

If they and others are intent on getting rid of weapons used to murder, why don’t they vigorously campaign to get rid of the tools used by abortion doctors to murder babies? Hypocrisy at the highest level.

Ted Pawlikowski

Northern Cambria

Gob day a pleasant surprise for group                                             “What a country.” Yakov Smirnoff, a Russian comedian, uses this line as part of his routine to contrast life in the former Soviet Union and America. He constantly thanks the United States for a better life (he became a citizen in the 1980s).

I’d like to replace country with city (in this case, Johnstown) to send forth some thankfulness.

On Jan. 26, National Gob Day was celebrated at The Galleria. Many groups were there selling gobs. So why make a fuss over this?

The weather had been terrible with several inches of snow, the temperature was in the single digits and, that morning, the roads were fairly hazardous.

Our group of first-time entrants from our small, local church really expected a low to submoderate turnout, and our concern was to return home with plenty of gobs and other treats we had made days before.

To our amazement, hundreds of people began to participate in this event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We were also amazed that the crowd bought products from every vendor there. By the time we were ready to pack it in, we had nothing to pack because we were sold out.

To The Galleria, patrons and citizens of our Johnstown and the surrounding area, we thank you for your steadfast support, faithfulness and commitment to make people say with pride, “What a city.”

Bob Barndt


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