The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

February 26, 2014

Readers' Forum 2-26 | Fraud only reason to object to voter ID

JOHNSTOWN — David Jenkins’ Readers’ Forum letter on Feb. 21, “Facts reveal truth about Philly vote,” has determined that because factcheck.org has said that no voter fraud occurred in the 59 districts of Philadelphia there is no need for voter ID.

Why is it that the Democrats want nothing to do with being sure that the proper person is voting and voting once? After all, we show ID every day for all kinds of things including cashing checks, driving, etc.

How many people in Pennsylvania don’t have ID? Ten maybe 20? There really is only one reason to oppose voter ID requirements – so questionable, fraudulent voting practices can continue.

Rick Schubert

Hollsopple

Pros in Olympics turn off viewer

Congratulations on a successful and safe completion to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

As an old-school individual, my only complaint – and question – is what political/financial criteria was used to allow professional athletes to compete instead of only amateurs in any sport?

Kind of loses the appeal for me.

J. Patrick Mayberry

Johnstown

Judged by how we treat others

Being a good person does not depend on your religion, status in life, race, skin color, political views or culture. It depends on how you treat others.

The Bible tells us that if you do it unto my brethren, you do it unto me.

Mary Brighenty

Stoystown

Gas companies adding to profits

Why is Pennsylvania subsidizing the natural gas industry?

First, we have not imposed a severance tax on the gas drillers for the gas they extract. That money goes straight to the drillers’ profits.

Second, a local trucking company gets a $500,000 state grant to install a natural gas filling station.

Now the state is paying to put in a filling station for Cambria County Transit Authority.

Why aren’t the natural gas companies paying for these stations? They’re going to reap the profits by selling the gas.

Is there going to be some kind of tax to support roads and bridges from the selling of natural gas for motor vehicles? If not, this will be another subsidy for gas companies.

It’s time for everyone in Pennsylvania to benefit from the natural gas under our feet instead of just a few.

Sherman Weible

Johnstown

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