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June 20, 2013

Readers' Forum 6-20 | Whatever happened to using turn signals?

JOHNSTOWN — I was wondering:

-- Did automobile manufacturers quit installing turn signals on their new cars or is it a fact that drivers nowadays don’t know where the switch is or they just can’t be bothered using them?

-- If there really is not a death list then is it just a coincidence that people older than 80 are not provided with any meaningful physical therapy to regain helpful movements because they will not be returning to the workforce?

-- Is it really true that our government leaders – from Attorney General Eric Holder along with others on up the line to the president – knew nothing about the IRS targeting specific organizations to harass? If so, some of these subordinates’ heads should roll for not informing their supervisors about such unlawful antics. The higher-ups must be must be blindly trusting or very naive, or maybe they are simply outright lying. They should all be fired and replaced with people who are awake, responsible – and honest.

-- Is it possible that our president really believed, as he said, about the Benghazi debacle: Four of our people died for no reason other than being American, and that it was just a bump in the road? If he did believe it, did our president take note of the accident near Spokane, Wash., where a truck hit a bridge, causing the bridge to collapse and several vehicles to fall into the river? Was that just a bump in the road, too?

Hobert Rose


Return visit was a shock

For those who don’t know what OBX stands for, it’s the abbreviation for Outer Banks of North Carolina. I just returned after spending a week.

I went there many years ago with my children and grandchildren. What a shock this time. The innkeepers and business people are up in arms because no one wants to return. After the weekends, Monday through Friday is dead.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has closed a lot of beaches for the birds and turtles. For nonresidents, they now want $10 to fish for 10 days and if you want to drive out on the sand it will cost $50, but you can purchase a $140 sticker for the summer. I walked out on the beach and counted 10 cars.  There used to be more than a 100.

If you are lucky to own a beachfront house, you have a private beach. Those in the back don’t and you have to travel a distance to find access if you can.

The business people told me not to complain to them, but to my congressman. I know I’ll not return like the others.

William Smith



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