The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 23, 2013

Readers' Forum 4-23 | Rothfus for all, not just wealthy

— I’m responding to Gary Schetrompf’s letter of April 18, “Rothfus quick to take up mantra.” But more broadly, it is in response to the mantra that Schetrompf and others have taken up – namely, taxing the wealthy to help the poor.

Schetrompf points out that Americans are among the least-taxed citizens in

the world, and “that’s why the wealthy stay in America.”

I’m no millionaire, but I will gladly stay in a country where I can keep more of what I earn. Besides, who ever heard of a prosperous nation that counted no wealthy citizens among its ranks?

There is no evidence to support the idea that raising taxes on the wealthy alleviates the poverty rate. In fact, the American poor are considered wealthy when compared to the poor of other nations, and this is while we are among the world’s least- taxed peoples.

Which is better: Raising taxes on business owners and giving that money to the unemployed? Or cutting taxes, allowing businessmen to grow their enterprises and hire those previously unemployed?

I would rather get a raise than have my employer taxed so that I don’t get a raise and, instead, am forced to apply for government assistance. We need the wealthy to stay wealthy because they are the ones who provide jobs.

That’s why Keith Rothfus is for growing businesses. He’s not for wealthy Americans; he’s for Americans.

Stephanie Rose


Scouts must continue to honor God

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Boy Scouts have the right to deny membership to practicing homosexuals. Pressured by gay activists, scout council delegates will vote in May to change policy and accept boys with same-sex sexual orientation. This gives unwarranted legitimacy to homosexuality and eventually homosexual leaders.

The scouts should be able to follow God’s teachings and not misinformed societal views of sexuality. With current policy, the scouts are protected constitutionally.

With new policy, expensive lawsuits could result.

When Canadian scouts allowed homosexuals to become leaders, membership dropped substantially. Many camps and troops closed.

Also, there have been more than 2,000 reported cases of abuse.

Do parents want sons on overnight trips with males who have same-sex attractions?

Do they know that homosexuals comprise 2 percent of the population, but are responsible for 30 percent of reported cases of pedophilia?

Dr. Nicholas Cummings, a former president of the American Psychological Association, said that organization is now run by ultraliberals with political agendas that ignore evidence of successful therapies.

Scientific studies indicate homosexuality is a developed way of thinking and behaving, which can change.

Nobody is born gay, and yet activists push youths to adopt a gay identity. Science shows that 50 percent of adolescent boys are ambiguous about their sexual identity, but by age 25, fewer than 2 percent choose a gay identity.

Please request that the Boy Scouts not change their policy toward homosexuality. Contact them at

Gale Bala


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