The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 26, 2014

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


JOHNSTOWN — Digging deeper into inequality

In regards to Gladys M. Clifton’s column on Feb. 22 (“Not much progress on civil rights issues”), and with all due respect to her credentials and background, it has become nauseating to see that the race card continues to be the foundation for any form of dissention from things actually taking place in our society.

Among other things, Clifton makes assumptions that color has everything to do with income inequality, incarceration, drugs and lack of educational opportunity.

In closing, she assumes that, although a writer in this forum didn’t say why “he can’t stand” the president and his wife, it’s simply because they’re of color. That’s terrible. I personally can’t stand the sight of former President Clinton or his wife. Would she then assume that it’s only because they’re white?

Could the actual problems with this president simply be his policies and the direction he’s taking this country? Could the actual problems with income inequality, incarceration, drugs, poverty and education be blamed on politics, of which some people (white and black) are getting very wealthy, and powerful, by actually keeping minorities and whites downtrodden in life?

President Obama is against the funding of charter schools in Washington, D.C., to help poor, black children climb out of the stigma of poverty and ignorance.

What we have here is a symptom of what happens when race becomes the only focal point of the illness. When politics, policies and immorality create the illness, it doesn’t matter what color you are, the illness continues to spread.

Marvin R. Gindlesperger


Thankful for help after hit-and-run

While walking to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center at about 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, I was struck by a vehicle as I crossed Southmont Boulevard from Roxbury Avenue. The vehicle’s headlights came on shortly before striking me. As I rolled over the hood and onto the boulevard, the vehicle sped away.

I wish to thank the patrons and employees of The Haven restaurant, who immediately came to my assistance. Cambria County 911 was called, and within several minutes, Memorial’s emergency vehicle arrived, followed by an ambulance and the police.

Thank you to the professionals in the ER who quickly and efficiently performed the many tests to determine my injuries and the doctors who treated my injuries.

Finally, I want to thank my God for sparing my life, again.

Alex Sadosky


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