The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 10, 2012

Readers' Forum 11-10 | When U.S. is ravaged, who comes to our aide?

— I offer a short letter concerning the widespread, costly damage Hurricane Sandy has caused.

When other countries have trouble, the good old United States is the first country to send all kinds of help.

Where are the other able-bodied countries now coming to our aide?

What is wrong with this picture?

Josephine Bachani


NAACP golf outing promoted good will

The Bible states how good and pleasant it is when brethren can dwell together in unity and love. Recently, though, we have observed, read or been apart of so much violence, deaths and killings, both worldwide and locally.

The NAACP held it first Martin Luther King memorial golf outing to help promote love and fellowship and create a common dialogue about making our area a better place in which to live, work and worship.

Instead of hitting each other with fists, using detrimental words and regressing in our love and help for each other, we concentrated on hitting golf balls.

There were prizes, good food, laughter and a comraderie unseen in a long while among people of different races, colors, financial positions and religions. We had a great time and look forward to next year.

We thank all who helped make this event a success.

As for making our area a better place in which to live, work and worship, there is a group coming together called Cambria County Concerned City Committee. Come join us. Contact can be made by email at

Rev. Richard S. Williams


Here’s hoping for a better four years

The people have spoken and as a result we will have four more years of President Obama.

We will have four more years of:

* Unemployment exceeding 8 percent and, most likely, much higher.

* Huge deficits exceeding a trillion dollars a year.

* A botched health-care program that few people want or even understand.

* An explosive rise in the number of people who are on public assistance, food stamps and welfare, which will further increase our huge debt.

The list of problems goes on and on – from jobs going to China, cuts in the military budget, loans that have gone bad, cover-ups in foreign-policy miscues, funding programs with money that we don’t have and lack of respect from the countries we support. The president certainly has his plate full.

For better or worse, the president has the reins of our nation. Hopefully, he will guide us in a direction that benefits all Americans. I hope the next four years are better than the past four.

Dennis Funyak


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What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

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