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December 22, 2013

Readers' Forum 12-22 | Congress abusing our military

JOHNSTOWN — Congress, in its infinite stupidity, has passed a budget that cuts military retirees’ cost of living allowances by 1 percent a year until age 62. Congress cries that it has to cut the federal budget and thus will deny our nation’s retired military their just rewards for faithful service to this country.

Also, health care for returning troops from Iraq and Afghanistan is substandard.

Many private charities are needed to help our returning wounded troops.

This from a Congress whose majority of members have only been close to a military uniform during a photo-op.

Instead of cutting military benefits, how about these cuts?

-- Unconscionable perks like exorbitant pensions for congressional members.

-- Costly vacations overseas like Michelle Obama’s sojourn to Spain.

-- Billions for health care for illegal aliens.

-- Hundreds of billions down the open sewer of foreign aid.

-- Hundreds of billions for unnecessary and quickly obsolete weapons systems that bring “pork” to congressional districts.

-- Also, closer controls are needed to stop Medicare and Medicaid fraud and fraud by defense contractors, such as two local brothers. After receiving a laughably light sentence, their attorneys used Robin Hood references.

Silly me, I always believed that Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor. I never realized he stole from the taxpayers, gave some money to the poor and spent the rest on himself.

Gregory Gyauch


Charity thankful for donations

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul thanks the Johnstown Tomahawks and the community for donating canned goods during the Nov. 22 and 23 games. Fans were asked to donate a canned good in exchange for a player card.

In total, 1,040 pounds of food was donated. That is enough food for 866 meals.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul cannot thank the Tomahawks and the community enough for their support. You make a difference.

The society also would like to thank those who donated to the Stuff the Bus drive held Dec. 16 and 17. We would like to send a special thank you to CamTran and The Tribune-Democrat for bringing this project to life.

Anthony Consiglio

executive director, Society of St. Vincent de Paul

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