The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 28, 2014

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JOHNSTOWN — Doing nothing is adding to problem

Apathy is killing the United States. While the current administration is constricting our economy, curtailing our freedoms and raising the level of immorality, unemployment and poverty, most Americans are blithely going about their day. Many know more about the actions of Hollywood than those of our own government.

The Affordable Care Act is neither affordable nor caring, as it has caused a huge spike in insurance premiums and deductibles. It has mandated that Christians and others opposed to abortion and sterilization pay so individuals can obtain those services. It has caused more people to lose their insurance than will be insured for the first time. It is a relentless push for government to control every aspect of health care.

Where is the outcry from the majority of citizens, especially Christians? The lack of response shows that there are many who are ill-informed or apathetic.

The Internal Revenue Service unfairly targets Christian and conservative groups. Now, it suggests a new regulation (IRS REG-134417-13) which would prevent social welfare groups such as pro-life organizations from distributing voter guides or even mentioning candidates prior to elections. This is another effort to silence Obama’s critics.

A huge contributor to Obama’s election effort has been appointed to investigate the IRS scandal. The corruption smacks us upside the face, yet where is the outrage?

How many of you have contacted your legislators about these issues? Do you write letters or post relevant information on social media? If you have done nothing, then you are part of the problem.

Gale Bala


Drivers speeding on Barron Avenue

I constantly see vehicles coming up Barron Avenue, from D Street to J Street, at high rates of speed, exceeding the 25 mph speed limit posted on Barron Avenue.

I’ve seen vehicles going at least 40 mph or better and going right through the stop sign at Barron Avenue and I Street. That is a four-way stop, and there is a stop-ahead warning sign posted between G Street and I Street. This goes on all year.

Kids play on the street occasionally, and they pay attention to approaching vehicles and move to the sidewalk. These drivers should pay more attention to the signs posted on the street and slow down. Sooner or later, something tragic is going to happen. Hopefully, no one get seriously injured.

Please slow down and stop.

A.J. Sirko Jr.


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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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