The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

April 13, 2014

Readers' Forum 4-13 | 'Spin' column will cause vertigo

JOHNSTOWN — I decided to take the advice Debra Taczanowsky offered in her column, “Everyone must stand up against ‘spin’.” I had a hard time standing up, though, after her spin knocked me flat on the floor. In claiming, “Pro-choice is not anti-life. Pro-choice is pro-life. No spin,” she provided a solid, Orwellian example of “twisting words and ideas to benefit herself.”

Spin is created by not being clear on the facts. Taczanowsky leads the readers to believe that conservative politicians object to all contraception coverage. Of the 20 contraceptive methods provided under Obamacare, only four are being disputed because they are considered abortifacients, or abortion-causing drugs. This creates an ethical dilemma that violates the religious rights and conscience of Christians.

Another method of spin is to take words out of context. If Taczanowsky would have listened to Mike Huckabee’s Republican National Convention speech in its entirety, she would have heard language in line with her own views when he voiced, “Women I know are smart, educated, intelligent and capable of doing anything anyone else can do. Our party stands for the recognition of the equality of women. That’s not a war on them. That’s a war for them.”

One more spin tactic Taczanowsky utilized was citing a biased blog (Public Health Watch) as her source of “scientific information” on when life begins. An effortless Internet search will provide countless sites affirming that life begins at conception.

Reeling from the spin of Taczanowsky’s diatribe, I fear many readers may have serious cases of vertigo.

Katie Dorian

Westmont

Rothfus’ newsletter prompts response

The April 6 newsletter from Congressman Keith Rothfus touted his defense of Pennsylvania workers by decrying workers, “... across the nation are seeing their hours cut ... due to the employer mandate in President Obama’s health care law.”

Rothfus is being politically dishonest when he attributes the part-time employment trend to the Affordable Care Act. The trend toward part-time employment in the U.S. workforce took a dramatic increase in 2008 due to the recession and actually hit its high mark (20.1 percent) in January 2010 before the ACA was signed into law.

Since that time, the trend toward part-time employment has actually dropped, reaching 18.8 percent by January of this year. Granted, that is still higher than the pre-recession rate of 17 percent, but to put the blame on the ACA is not supported by the data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

I do, however, agree with the congressman’s statement that: “Washington should be working to grow the economy and add jobs ...” So, I have written him, asking him to protect workers and help to stimulate the economy by supporting an increase to the minimum wage. Increasing the amount of money that those living paycheck-to-paycheck have put those increased dollars directly into the economy.

I have also asked the congressman to support infrastructure legislation to repair our roads and bridges and, just as importantly, put Pennsylvanians back to work.

Lyle S. Cope

Johnstown

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