The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 16, 2013

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


JOHNSTOWN — Uncle Sam, Aunt Sally in family tiff

Our Uncle Sam is a Democrat. He’s a lovable guy who just wants to be nice to everybody. He uses his credit card to pick up the tab at restaurants and drug stores, to pay for heating bills, and he even pays the premiums for insurance. You name it, he’s involved. He even does this for nonfamily members, strangers that he doesn’t even know.

The entire family knows that Uncle Sam is on the wrong track and threatening the family’s good name. Some even suspect he might be an addict the way he spends.

Aunt Sally, at a tea party, was reviewing the family’s budget.

Total annual family income (all figures with eight zeros removed): $21,700 (tax revenue).

Money the family spent: $38,200 (budget).

New debt on (maxed out) credit card: $17,000 (new debt).

Outstanding balance on credit card: $142,710 (national debt).

Aunt Sally wants Uncle Sam to go on an austerity program and start paying off some debt before spending more, but Uncle Sam says he has a printing press and creates money out of nothing to pay his bills. All he needs to continue this is for Sally to agree. Sounds almost too good to believe doesn’t it?

Sally doesn’t think continuing on this course is going to end well.

For that, she’s called a Nazi, a tea-party terrorist, hostage taker, obstructionist or just stupid.

Richard Gregory


Area blessed with cultural opportunities

I often wonder if we, as residents of the Johnstown/Somerset area, realize what marvelous communities we have that provide us with the arts, excellent musical concerts and a myriad of educational programs for everyone.

Once again, the Somerset auxiliary of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra was privileged to sponsor the second Taste of the Laurel Highlands fundraising event – which was a huge success last year.

Green Gables Restaurant in Jennerstown was kind enough to offer its facilities. There were 18 different restaurants from the surrounding areas offering samples of their best dishes, along with a Chinese auction, a silent auction, door prizes and a cash bar.

Our artists, musicians and children deserve our respect.

Rebecca Bracken


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