The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 7, 2012

Readers' Forum 10-7 | Judge upholds equality for all

— At this time of year, with the advent of fall and Thanksgiving, I often think about how the rolling hills of Pennsylvania helped forge the backbone of this great country.

Since the beginning of the United States, the Keystone State has held together the concepts which were written out at Independence Hall by the original signers of the Declaration of Independence, emphasizing that “All men are created equal.”

I find myself, in my mind’s eye, moving forward in time to a second crisis in United States’ history. On a blistering-hot weekend, the rolling hills of Gettysburg were to be stops for the test of freedom and the concept of liberty. American values prevailed and all men were equal.

On Oct. 3, the Keystone State once again found herself in the American spotlight. This time, the battlefield was a courtroom and the man who made a courageous decision, Judge Robert Simpson, will go down in my mind as a hero.

Abraham Lincoln stated in the Gettysburg Address that men will forget who died here, but they will never forget what they did here.

Simpson struck down Act 18, the voter ID law for this election. This will give other states a legal footing in their attempts to overturn their own restrictive laws covering voting qualifications.

At least for this upcoming election, the wishes of Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Lincoln were upheld – all men are still equal.

Cherish liberty, for without that we have nothing else.

Thanksgiving will be special this year.

John S. Fabo

South Fork

Scooter users cast into same pool

Regarding the letter insulting people with scooters (“Electric scooter industry booming,” Sept. 22): If the author was wise, he would realize that pride goes before a fall. He may find himself in the same situation one day.

And because of his limited mobility, he may gain a few pounds, yes. Then I will be glad to send him a gym membership, to add insult to injury.

It’s never a good idea to put someone down when you have no idea what his or her situation is.

Kerry Jones


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