The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 12, 2013

Readers' Forum 2-12 | Stop in and explore YMCA

— Have you noticed that the parking lot at the YMCA is always full? If you know what I’m talking about, then you’ve probably taken advantage of the many opportunities the Y has to offer.

If you don’t know what I mean, maybe you ought to stop in. The YMCA is a true gem in the midst of our Johnstown community. It has healthy activities ranging from weights and machines to exercise classes and water workouts.

People from all walks of life and all ages can be seen there at any time of day.

Deb Smith and the rest of the staff are as knowledgeable as they are helpful. You can officially join the Y; participate in a special program that allows you full use of the facilities for a set period of time; check with your health care provider, which may sponsor your membership; or the Y staff will even come to your place of business for on-site workouts.

With the snow flying and the temperatures in the single digits, now is the time to try it out.

While lots of people already know about this treasure we have in our midst, there are many Johnstowners who typically drive by without realizing how easy it can be to become a healthier person.

Take a moment to check it out the next time you’re downtown … and don’t worry about the parking, just join the crowd.

Marsha Critchfield


Women really have come a long way

I am writing in response to a letter by Bernie Bohla (“Women shouldn’t strive to be like men,” Jan. 30). This letter, which began with a quote from a cigarette commercial and ends with a biblical quote, was filled with provincial generalizations and faulty logic.

The platform was that women have gone too far in trying to become like men. A synopsis is, “For a woman to have that ambitious, aggressive and self-serving purpose to get ahead in life isn’t what God’s purpose is for women.”

I have heard whispers that a few women drive cars, vote, support families by themselves, serve in government, work in the medical profession, serve on the Supreme Court, have their own television shows and networks and dispense communion in churches.

I am grateful that these women have not known the role that Bohla subscribes for them.

Let us assume that Bohla becomes aware of a person who has “worked their way up” in any field and has made great contributions to our society and world. Bohla participates in a celebration of these advances and commends the person for their initiative and drive. Then he finds out that this person is a woman. How would his perception change?

Some people believe that as long as they quote the Bible, anything that they connect to the quote should be accepted.

Since my wife refuses to fetch my slippers and newspaper, I have to sign off now.

Bob Truscello


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