The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

August 24, 2013

Readers' Forum 8-24 | The math doesn't add up

Submitted by Readers

JOHNSTOWN — In regards to the Penn Highlands theft of more than $71,000, the guilty party was sentenced to 36 months probation and paid $36,197 toward total court fees of $173,486, which leaves a balance of $135,168, to be paid monthly at $150.

If I did the math correctly, she has 75 years to make full restitution. I would love a deal like that from my local bank.

Tell me crime does not pay.

Ray Lint


Hypocrites and same-sex marriages

Every politician who supports the rite of same-sex marriage is a hypocrite. If they go to church, they should stop because they are not believers.

The pastor who married the men using the holy Bible is not a believer. See Leviticus 18:13, 22; Romans 1:27; 1 Timothy 1:10; Genesis 19:5; and Deuteronomy 23:18. And there are more, but there’s not enough space to put in all of the books, chapters and verses.

If the church I attend and support would allow such a thing like this to happen, I would stop going. I will still believe and trust in God to guide me through my life on earth. No one has the right to deny the law of God, not even the president of this great nation.

I had better stop here, God will tell us the rest.

Warren Bircher


Leaders, protectors need our prayers

Those who govern us and protect us are in dire need of our prayers. As they return from their summer recess and/or vacation, let us intercede fervently for them. Let us pray to God to:

-- Guide those in every position of power and authority to govern with wisdom, righteousness, justice, mercy and peace.

-- Grant them divine grace to lead with honestly, integrity and selfless devotion to the unity and common good of all, setting aside party partisanship.

-- Motivate us to remove unjust and immoral persons from power and install God-fearing leaders who respect the just and moral rule of law.

-- Assist us in choosing leaders who will preserve religious freedom and be at peace with the church so that Christians may lead a tranquil life, free to pursue right beliefs, virtues and godly living.

-- Bless and protect all who maintain order, restrain evil, commend good and defend and protect us from those who seek to harm us by crime, terrorism and warfare.

This is also an urgent plea to all who claim the name Christian to humble ourselves, repent, pray for our spiritual renewal and endurance, and live up to our high calling to exemplify our faith in all our thoughts, words and deeds.

As holy Scripture records, “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God ...” 1 Peter 4:17.

Roger C. Knepper


A simple solution to halt crime

If you want to stop crime, stop poverty.

Frank Filia


Give taxpayers voice in government

Why won’t our governor and legislators allow us to have referendums on important issues such as charter schools, selling the lottery, abolishing state stores, elimination of property taxes, etc. This is done in other states, and it gives the taxpayers a voice in government. If allowed, then our governor and legislators would not be able to sell their votes to the highest bidder.

Do we need a full time Legislature? So far this year, our legislators have been in session about 50 days. Forty-six other states have only part-time legislators and they seem to function very well. They must elect better people.

In his thorough investigation of Bonusgate, how did Attorney General Tom Corbett miss his fellow Republicans, the Orie sisters? Because they were hiding behind Jerry Sandusky, who was hiding behind his Second Mile Foundation. In his never ending search for truth and justice, Corbett could see only the money and votes he would lose from Penn State supporters.

Isn’t it a shame that we have such a callous governor and legislators who slashed funding for the blind, special-needs children, the elderly and the handicapped while they undertaxed the Marcellus Shale industry?

Our governor brags that he has not raised taxes. Does he not realize that municipalities and school districts have had to raise taxes because of him?

People complain that our legislators are ineffective and not worthy of their salaries and benefits. But just this year, the Senate named September as Pennsylvania mushroom month.

Don Sheridan



How will layoffs affect ER upgrade?

As a former employee of Windber Medical Center, I was just curious if the current round of layoffs will affect the timeline for the opening of the emergency room upgrade? Is there a timeline or is this just another waste of grant money?

Is anyone on the board overseeing what is going on or is Windber’s current CEO just running this hospital into extinction?

I wish employees and the wonderful Windber community would question where their donations and future is heading.

Jeremy Kohan