The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 3, 2012

Readers' Forum 10-3 | Making Strides event making a difference

Submitted by Readers

— “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything else seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Actress Audrey Hepburn

Like Hepburn, I, too, believe in pink. Pink is a powerful color. But more than that, it’s a powerful tool in raising awareness about breast cancer.

This month, pink water will flow through local fountains. The Steelers will add pink accents to their uniforms. The White House and Empire State Building will be lit in pink.

“Rivers of pink” will flow through neighborhoods as thousands of breast cancer survivors walk in a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k event. Our team, The Gift of G.A.B., will be part of that pink river, walking on Oct. 20 in Bedford with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Funds raised will:

* Help people stay well through education.

* Help people get well through free programs and services.

* Fund research to better understand, prevent and cure cancer.

* Work with legislators to advocate for all women to have access to mammograms and treatment.

The progress being made because of Making Strides is remarkable, but more walkers means more awareness, more money for research and more survivors to celebrate more birthdays. Please consider becoming part of the fight against this disease, which has touched so many.

For more information, contact me or go to

Elizabeth Tressler


Cunsolo and Arcadia: Thanks for memories

Regarding Saturday’s In the Spotlight story about the retirement of Frank Cunsolo: How do you say thank you to someone who has given so many years of entertainment enjoyment to the surrounding communities?

Thanks for the memories. For the generosity. For all of the many orignal acts, the idles of rock ’n’ roll brought to Windber, that people could see without traveling to Las Vegas or Pittsburght. For the oldies groups we grew up with, saw on TV but never thought we would see at the Arcadia Theater.

Thank you, Frank, for letting us feel like we were 16-18 years old for almost two hours watching those shows. No one will ever match what you have done. Enjoy your retirement with your family.

The Arcadia will never be the same without you. Frank Cunsolo: An icon of Windber.

Debbie Clemente

Richland Township

DEP, power plant pact assures good jobs

I applaud the state Department of Environmental Protection for supporting the Homer City power plant.

This company, along with many others, such as Rosebud Mining, is willing to use its own money to improve air and water quality to keep good-paying jobs in the area.

These are the jobs supported by the local trades and businesses, with many asking, where will we go?

The federal government helped the auto industry with money that these people are paying back. Where is the power companies’ help? They are not even asking for money, just a chance to help the economy.

These decent-paying jobs include benefits such as 401(k)s with a table-work environment. Is that not the direction we want to go?

PennFuture and the Sierra Club need to do reality checks and help find solutions, and not be part of the problems. Do they ever ask how many trees are cut down to erect windmills? They would be surprised.

What happens when subsidies run out for solar energy and wind energy?

Now, where will we go?

Bob Ralph


On pike debt, Act 44 makes no sense

In response to the Sept. 26 story, “Turnpike debt’s driving up tolls”: I read this article three times and still can’t understand the reasoning behind Act 44.

This “2007 law allowed the turnpike to take on more debt in exchange for providing the state with $450 million annually. To meet that obligation, the turnpike increased its debt by more than 181 percent and has raised tolls for the past five consecutive years.”

Apparently, there is no end in sight for these yearly increases. Did anyone in Harrisburg think this through? 

The whole scheme sounds ludicrous.

Back in the 1960s, I traveled the 18-mile stretch between Breezewood and Bedford on a regular basis. The fee was 15 cents.

Oh, for the good old days.

Jean Evacko


Voters must decide: Truth or lies?                                                                                                 The political arena is filled with lies, half-truths, misinformation and false accusations.

“When we say or do things we do not believe to keep a job or position, (it) is the worst kind of lie.” – Author Andy  Andrews

How capable are you of discerning a lie from the truth? Are you subject to pure emotions, or can you be objective? Do you believe a lie when it’s directed at your own self-interest?

America is at a crossroad. Divisiveness is rampant – there is class warfare; freedom of speech and religion are under attack; people with different opinions are being accused of hatred and racism (often the person making the accusation is guiltier than the one being accused).

Should we be more concerned with the rich, or with how the government spends/wastes our money?

Do you want energy independence or continued dependency? What happened to America, the land of opportunity? Since when is wealth evil?

It’s time to stop, think, listen and look (action is the proof of one’s true intent) before you vote. A dictator once said: “How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.”

This November, the voters will decide which road America takes – the one to a free enterprise/free America, or the one to a socialist/government-controlled America.

Are you really better off today than you were four years ago? Think and consider the outcome of your vote on America and its children’s future.

May God forgive America.

Robert C. Nagyvathy


Writers are confused about what they want

After a week of reading disturbing letters on The Tribune-Democrat’s editorial page, I feel compelled to respond.

There seems to be a major disconnect in some of the arguments being made in this forum. Some letters profess the absolute sanctity of life, but only in the form of fertilized eggs until birth. At the same time, they rail against struggling Americans who need extra help. Do babies born to mothers who cannot afford to raise that child deserve the social welfare benefits you claim to despise? You know, you can be compassionate while maintaining conservative values (search it online, it’s called “compassionate conservatism”).

Other letters claim that President Obama threatens our freedom, citing evidence such as his alleged affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood, or some other claim about the United States going to hell in a handbasket because these are “the consequences of rejecting God.”

President Obama is a Christian – get over it. (Not that it matters in a nation where we are free to choose whether or not we want to participate in an organized religion.)

If you like your freedom so much, what right do you have to impose your beliefs about religion on an entire nation?

It seems like the conservative base professes one thing about doing God’s work – maintaining freedom, etc. – but doesn’t actually put those declarations into action.

It makes for a country in jeopardy and an argument full of holes.

I am not particularly religious, but really – what would Jesus do?

Laura Karosic


Stealing political sign an act of desperation

I would like to say thank you to the person or persons who decided to make a political statement by stealing a sign from my yard that read: “Stop the war on coal, fire Obama.”

I must say that the theft has inspired me to make a sign bigger and better than the one I had before.

This shows the desperation and true character of the supporters of President Obama.

I’m not sorry for my sign, or for whom I am voting.

Dan Mihm


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