The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


May 3, 2014

Readers' Forum 5-3 | Forecast in Washington never changes

JOHNSTOWN — Just a few passing thoughts that some of you may find interesting. Then again ...

-- The weather people always seem to take one on the chin, but one forecast is always on target: Washington, D.C., is always windy with a lot of hot air blowing around.

-- Can you imagine cautioning people about the dangers of smoking on one hand and legalizing marijuana on the other hand? Evidently some people’s brains must have been altered pretty badly by smoke already.

-- It’s amazing to me how certain words have become taboo in our English language, but it’s common territory to blaspheme God. I’m not putting my stamp of approval on those certain words, but I do know “The Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” (Third Commandment)

-- In the ’50s, when rock ’n’ roll was coming into full throttle, it was preached from pulpits that it was Satan’s music. Who would have believed the saying “rock ’n’ roll is here to stay” would be taking place in the same sacred territory that condemned it? And the beat goes on.

-- A proverb that has always caused me to ponder has been Proverbs 21:9 and repeated in Proverbs 25:24: “It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling (contentious) woman in a wide house.” Pity the poor guy who has a brawling woman. By the way, could that verse have any reference to the National Organization for Women? Just asking.

OK, I’m out of here and in trouble again.

Bernie Bolha

Upper Yoder Township

People don’t know tea party’s principles

Why do liberals characterize the tea party as a radical group? I think just the opposite is true. The basic principles of the tea party are:

-- Constitutionally limited government.

-- Free-market economics to grow jobs and opportunities.

-- Fiscal responsibility, i.e. a debt-free future for you and generations to come.

If you disagree with these principles, you must, therefore, be in favor of big government, government-controlled markets and unlimited debt. Just looking at the facts, which is the radical group?

Despite overwhelming support for the Keystone XL pipeline, the project has still, after five years of study, not been approved by President Obama. There are two opposing factions that are at play: the unions and the environmentalists. The unions support it because it will create jobs. The environmentalists oppose it because they claim it will harm the environment.

Since Obama doesn’t want to offend either group, which helped get him elected, he does nothing. The president’s job is to make decisions. I think the American people would like him to make a choice and explain his reasoning. Doing nothing isn’t an option.

Richard Mezyk

Upper Yoder Township


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