The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 3, 2012

Readers' Forum 11-3 | Perseverance key to achieving your dream

Submitted by Readers

— I’ve discovered through perseverance that all things are possible.

To persevere, one must believe in one’s self and the power within that animates this self.

If you tell your heart and mind that they will fail, they will fail. But if you say and believe and strive to the fulfillment of your goal, you will succeed.

I believe everyone is endowed with a great unalienable gift. Their life, their personality, their faith or ideas or dream.

Be diligent, work if you are able, but mainly never doubt or give up, and you will achieve your dream. A blessing. On my little laptop computer, a technological miracle.

I recently listened to the same wonderful words: Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address,” Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” and Henry David Thoreau’s Chapter 17 of “Walden,” which is called “Spring.”

These men had no special gift beside what their creator supplied them with, which we all have.

God bless America. Let freedom ring.

Stephen Jendricks


Community college less-costly education

Students and their families need to concern themselves about the cost of a college education and how to get the most for their money.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates in its “Occupational Outlook Handbook” that 46 million jobs – 30 percent of those in the United States – before long will require more than a high school education. However, these jobs won’t necessarily require a four-year bachelor’s degree, but rather a two-year degree that can be obtained at a community college.

During these hard economic times, it is becoming more difficult for students as the prices of college soar while family incomes remain the same.

While a semester at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is around $7,000 in tuition and other fees, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College charges only $2,080 for tuition. Penn Highlands serves not only as a primary location for obtaining technical degrees, but offers a chance to attend a less-expensive college before finishing at a four-year university.

People argue that community colleges aren’t high-quality because they don’t offer a level of education that a four-year university provides. That is wrong. In fact, community colleges are required to have the same level of courses and education as a four-year university.

Community colleges are and will continue to be the key source of instruction as the demand for cheaper colleges and graduates with technical degrees continues to grow.

Easton Tomak


Penn Highlands Community College student

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