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October 16, 2013

Readers' Forum 10-16 | President brings shame upon America

JOHNSTOWN — President Obama and his staff have reached all-time lows by holding the American public and military hostage during the government shutdown.

They close all veterans affairs services. Then national parks, along with unmanned ones have been deliberately barricaded, to include war memorials, even parking spaces that are used to view Mount Rushmore, and rest areas.

National Park Service rangers were told to “make life as difficult for people as possible.” However, for illegal aliens, (excuse me, undocumented) the National Mall  was opened for a rally for immigration reform. If you are an American citizen, supposedly represented by the president, you cannot use, much less visit, our national parks and monuments. But an illegal alien can.

This is not the worst outrageous act this administration has pulled. The worst is sending our military troops into combat and not paying them until the shutdown is resolved, thus causing undue stress on military spouses left at home to maintain households. And then, God forbid, should the military member be killed, the government was withholding death benefits and insurance payments to surviving families.

That was beyond outrageous. It was as low an act that I have ever heard. To withhold death benefits for a fallen soldier is an act that should cause this president to hold his head in shame and apologize to America.

However, we know our dictator in chief won’t and the drive-by media won’t make much of an issue about it. Shame on you, Mr. President. You should resign.

Evan Klein

South Fork

Republicans’ tactics likened to blackmail

In the Readers’ Forum letter by Barry Billings on Oct. 11, “Republican Party must stand firm,” it states the House has passed legislation that funds all government but provides no funds for Obamacare. He also states the Senate and president refuse to accept it.

Obamacare, as you Republicans call it, is law.

Billings, do you obey the law? If you don’t, you’re a criminal.

I did not hear the Republicans say what they would give up to get Obamacare stopped. They did say if Obamacare wasn’t stopped, they would shut down the government. That’s blackmail – also a criminal offense.

Fred Ponczek


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