The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

January 31, 2013

Readers' Forum 1-31 | Bird of prey was misidentified

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Abortion, ‘pill’ have changed females                                                                                       The 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade causes one to ponder if we are better off having murdered 55 million unborn Americans by abortion.

In my lifetime, I have noticed that the abortion choice along with the introduction of the “pill” has caused a radical change in female behavior. I remember when a woman blushed at sex jokes, but not anymore.

Instead, women are becoming more like men, in language, behavior, sports, careers and even the front lines of mortal combat. Forty-one percent of babies are born to single moms, thereby statistically condemning both mother and child to a life of poverty.

Once revered feminine modesty has become rare as more women depend on government programs instead of husbands.

Meanwhile, 51 percent of men in America now choose to remain single. Real men don’t want to be married to an Amazon. Young men raised without a father are statistically disadvantaged and left confused about their gender responsibilities.

Prescription drugs cannot replace a real father at home. The traditional role for a male to provide for a family has been ridiculed in the media and the culture at large.

Adolescent behavior now extends into midlife, particularly in the entertainment industry, media and politics. Facing borrowed economic times and a future of high taxes, men are increasingly disenfranchised from the American dream. Some boys become guys instead of men. Other boys become frustrated, angry and violent.

Gender equality becomes gender neutrality when guys and gals surrender their unique differences. Aah, vive la différence.

Dr. Bill Choby

Latrobe

Preventive measures to bug problem

In response to the bedbug issue in one of Johnstown Housing Authority’s buildings, to those interested in the truth and not gossip – there is no active problem.

Are there preventive measures in progress to prevent major problems? Yes. JHA has a company doing scheduled inspections, treatments and follow-up inspections when and where necessary.

Someone was seeking his or her short time in the spotlight. It would have been to that person’s benefit to know the truth before speaking to the media. Being recognized as someone who has something to say is different from someone who is ignorant and just wants to talk.

What is the big deal? Living in this area, people learn how to deal with many pests far worse than bedbugs, such as mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus or the swine flu. We have venomous spiders, stinkbugs, ladybugs and the list goes on and we’ve learned how to adapt to these pests.

I’m a client of JHA and, no, they’re not perfect, but I think living in one of its communities is far better than being homeless.

A warm, dry place is nice.

For those who are not happy and want to complain, here is an old saying for you: “There’s the door. Don’t let it hit you where the good Lord split you.”

These are the facts, and I’m happy to say I live at Fulton Connor Towers.

Sandra J. Ferrell

Johnstown

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