The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 7, 2012

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

Submitted by Readers

— 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


Thanking those who donated to THON

On behalf of the Penn State Glee Club and Oriana Singers THON organization, as well as the myriad other Penn State dance marathon organizations in the Johnstown area last weekend, I would like to extend my sincerest and most heartfelt thanks to the kindhearted people of Johnstown.

Through your generous donations, from the large checks to the handfuls of pennies, our organization was able to raise more than $5,000 for the fight against pediatric cancer.

More importantly, however, we were able to stand with you for a cause that is undeniably greater than all of us.

To each member of our organization, canning means more than collecting spare change and bills in a tin can. It is an opportunity to recognize that nearly every person has been affected by cancer in some way, and nearly every person has the ability to do something about it.

Whether it comes in the form of a donation to the dance marathon, a few hours spent visiting a loved one fighting the arduous battle against cancer, or a persistent optimism in the hope of an eventual cure, we can all come together in support of this fight.

The compassion we witnessed this past weekend illustrates that when we stand together, we can make great strides in this fight, and we know that we will one day win. And for that, we thank you.

More information, as well as the opportunity to donate to THON, can be found at

John Livingston

State College

Business owner will be sorely missed

God must have needed the road to the gates of heaven paved because he chose Joe Muscatello (owner of Muscatello Construction of Windber).

He never saw the cracks and was always cracking a smile. We will miss him.

Kathy Klotz


Kudos to all who coach AYSO soccer

I want to thank all the American Youth Soccer Organization coaches for the time they put in with our kids and grandkids.

What a great organization.

Margaret Gauntner


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