The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 4, 2013

Readers' Forum 10-4 | Penn State's focus remains blurred


JOHNSTOWN — We can’t allow Congress’ tantrums

“Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws, labor unions and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.” (President Dwight Eisenhower, 1954)

Eisenhower remained popular, and history is finally recognizing his wisdom. He was also a moderate, pragmatic Republican who would not recognize his party today.

What has changed from his day are that Texas millionaires are billionaires and there are more politicians and businessmen in this splinter group of extremists.

We also have a more complex country and problems. I imagine that Ike would issue a new memorable quote over the shutting-down-the-government tactic.

Why don’t we learn from our history?

In America, we debate, argue, call our representatives, protest and write to the newspaper. Then we vote, continue the discussions, compromise and problem-solve. That is our democracy. We do not get to practice anarchy or stage coups.

Grown men throwing temper tantrums because their candidate for president lost is not the American way. They do not get to order (former presidential candidate) Mitt Romney’s agenda into place when President Obama won the election by more than 50 percent of the vote. A parent would give a toddler a time out. What do you do for adult toddlers’ tantrums?

Anita Altman


Kudos to park for solving problem

It’s great that the Roxbury Park Bandshell has been able to move the roller rink back. Now, the crowds have more seating for their lawn chairs.

Also, it would be nice to see a place set aside for the many dancers who enjoy the live music each Sunday, as most know it’s very hard dancing on the grass.

Great job, Mary Borkow.

Kathy McCombie


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