The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 13, 2013

Readers' Forum 10-13 | Rockwood, Ferndale gridders show heart

JOHNSTOWN — In the movie, “The Replacement,” Gene Hackman called Keanu Reeves at halftime and told him, “You gotta have heart.”

That is how I feel about Rockwood Area and Ferndale Area high schools.

Rockwood worked hard trying to put a football team on the field but fell short. But they had heart.

Ferndale Area had to forfeit halfway through its game with Shade and again the following week against Meyersdale, causing Meyersdale Athletic Director Craig Gindlesperger to make the comment about “not honoring their contract.” Maybe he should go to Ferndale’s practice field and check out what heart is. The players are still practicing.

These young men at these schools have what it takes to become men – heart.

Butch Sheehan


Obama deserves all his criticism

Here we sit with the government shut down and everyone pointing fingers at the Republicans.

Nat Boscola wants to blame the Republicans for impeding the president (“GOP determined to impede president,” Readers’ Forum, Oct. 9). Do you blame them? When you cite a web page that was written only to elevate President Obama’s status, you should back it up with an opposing side that can verify the same.

In the past week, there have been at least nine different opinion polls published in the media that clearly show the majority of Americans do not want Obamacare. I would like to know where (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid gets his information when he said that Americans overwhelmingly want Obamacare.

These same sources for the polls show that the majority of Americans disapprove of Obama. You can say Congress has a lower approval rating, and I would agree, but that rating includes all of the drones (Democrats) in Congress that keep drinking the Kool-Aid provided by Obama.

Want to check my sources? Gallup, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News and many others, conservative and liberal alike.

So yes, Boscola, the Republicans are trying to impede the president. They should, he is destroying the fabric of our nation, making a mockery of the Constitution while he forces his socialist agenda down our throats (like Obamacare). Even the Democrats didn’t know what was in the bill when they approved it. Don’t forget, Obama was raised by his mother who was a very active member of the communist party. Socialism is all he knows, not the Constitution.

David Novak


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