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May 8, 2014

Readers' Forum 5/8 | All voices should be heard

JOHNSTOWN — We are Americans, we know what color we are. In a democracy, all voices must be heard even the ones you don’t like. Racial profiling is being used as political tools to get votes for Democrats. This was not the goal of the civil rights movement.

We have the right to vote and support anyone or any party we wish to. Conservative African-Americans are demonized

by liberals and ignored by the liberal media.

Frederick Douglass said, “To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.”

The IRS scandal is proof that this administration has no tolerance for conservative views. There is a reason Democrats want change to the U.S. Constitution. The 13th Amendment abolished slavery with votes at 100 percent Republicans, 22 percent Democrats. The 15th Amendment gave blacks the right to vote with 100 percent Republicans, 0 percent Democrats.

Slavery comes in many forms and some people are too blind to recognize it when it comes. Americans stay free because we do not follow blindly, but remind leaders that they serve us, not the other way around.

Ron Marol

Moxham

Sewage fiasco began with pollution

This whole sewage fiasco started because of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. The main reason was because of sewage flowing into the bay mainly from sewage plants that dump into its tributaries.

Why are sewage plants that dump into the Mississippi River being required to clean up their act?

Why do distressed communities such as Johnstown have to take on these impossible costs, but Montgomery County, Maryland, doesn’t.

The Maryland County has horse farms, polo fields and a lot of well-off people. They didn’t have to get rid of the wells. They didn’t have to get rid of the septic tanks. The tributaries flow into the Chesapeake Bay. Go figure.

If our city leaders truly represented the people, then they would refuse to do this. If fined, then refuse to pay the fine. If threatened with jail, then so be it. Then we will see who really represents the people.

Royden Thomas

Johnstown

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