The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 27, 2012

Readers' Forum 10-27 | Benefit buoyed by dedicated volunteers


— Before you vote, watch eye-opening movie

In reply to Jeff Rininger’s Readers’ Forum letter on Oct. 23 (“Despite GOP roadblock, Obama grows economy”):

Before he or any other Democrat votes on Nov. 6, they should watch the movie “2016: Obama’s America.”

If they still want to vote for President Obama and want to be considered a socialist and not a capitalist in 2016, that is their right.

Incidentally, in my letter of June 3, I declared I would vote Republican and I urged others to vote for Mitt Romney, because that’s my right.

John Pcola

St. Michael

Football coaches’ behavior appalling

On Oct. 20, my family and I went to the Point Stadium to cheer on my nephew and the rest of the Shade Panthers minor league football team as they played against Conemaugh Valley.

We were so excited that the team had made it that far. They had worked hard.

Our excitement quickly turned to anger.

The actions of some Conemaugh Valley coaches toward the cheerleaders, fans and our little Panthers and the Panthers’ coaches were appalling.

Those who acted this way should not be allowed to coach children. I would not let them have anything to do with my kids.

Shame on these bullies. And shame on the school for subjecting those poor boys to such abuse.

These are children. Let them play and have fun. It’s just a game, not the NFL.

The coaches may have ruined the excitement, but they didn’t put a dent in our pride.

Tamijo Bauer

Loysville, Perry County

Human risks accompany Marcellus prosperity

The finding of Marcellus Shale gas deposits in Pennsylvania and neighboring states represents a huge opportunity for financial gain, prosperity and work in a time of high unemployment and government debt.

Some inherent risks from drilling include tainting of well water and streams. Operation of rigs requires regulation and supervision.

However, a much larger risk involves the changes to the human landscape. In a recent journey through North Dakota, the site of the huge Bacchus oil and gas deposits, I learned that the influx of rig workers and others had resulted in a quadrupling of real estate values and rent fees.

One young woman I talked with in Dickinson, N.D., told me that she had to move back to her parents’ home because she could no longer afford the rent that she had been paying.

An emergency medical technician told me that people in and around Dickinson could no longer leave their dwellings and cars unlocked. Assaults that had been very rare now occurred on a regular basis.

The same story appears to be unfolding within our own borders with the discovery of Marcellus gas.

Unless our communities begin to plan ahead for the human consequences of the gas boom, many persons will suffer from increased crime, financial distress and displacement.

All booms eventually come to an end. As a seasoned geologist who had experienced other resource discoveries told me in Dickinson: “The wheels always eventually fall off the wagon.”

James W. Cochran


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