The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


September 3, 2013

Readers' Forum 9-3 | Consider citywide ninja program

— The “Moxham Ninja” has my support.

I find it empowering that someone has taken on the burden that has Johnstown officials on their heels.

The Moxham Ninja, at risk of injury or worse, has found the fortitude to take action against the impurities that are plaguing this city.

Can any of us blame him for his frustration?


The Moxham Ninja represents all that is good in a free society. He is to be embraced by the community.

Neighbors were spooked by the ninja because of his actions and what he was wearing. Apparently, these people have never been to a Walmart store.

I am calling for a citywide ninja program – a ninja for every borough, ward and township. Then, once a year, we can have a Ninja-Off, a Ninja-Royale, at the Point Stadium, to be televised pay-per-view with the proceeds going toward hiring more police officers.

J.D. Reitz


In time of crisis, postal workers respond

When the deadlocked U.S. Congress comes to its senses, members will realize that none of the U.S. Postal Service competitors can match the post office’s infrastructure.

Postal employees can’t strike. They take an oath not to, just like all federal employees do.

In a national crisis, the postal workers will be there for us.

As it says on the main post office at Eighth Avenue and 33 Street in New York:

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their annointed rounds.”

One phone call to the Veterans Administration and I get my medications the next day – delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. You can’t beat that.

James R. McDonald


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