The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


July 6, 2009

READERS FORUM 7-7 | Ten reasons newspaper tops laptop

Ten reasons a newspaper is better than a laptop:

10. You can’t fold a laptop to make it easier to hold.

9. You can do crosswords online, but you can’t live dangerously and do them in ink.

8. Breakfast just doesn’t taste good with silicon. Besides, you get crumbs on the keyboard.

7. You can’t cut an article out of a laptop screen without killing another tree.

6. Newspapers don’t need powercords or batteries.

5. With a newspaper, you don’t have to worry about losing your wireless signal.

4. Nobody can hack into your bank account through a newspaper.

3. A newspaper won’t give you carpal tunnel.

2. Just try to line a birdcage or light a fireplace with a laptop.

And finally,

1. If you spill coffee on a laptop, you have a $3,000 piece of junk. If you spill coffee on a newspaper, you have ... a wet newspaper.

The Tribune-Democrat: A living medium for living life.

Ralph Couey


Governor isn’t true to his promises

Our governor told us when he was elected that his priorities were to reduce taxes, hold the line on spending and increase jobs.

He pushed through the idea of gambling while assuring those opposed to it that it would reduce property taxes. I have yet to see one penny off my property taxes.

He also is now asking for a temporary personal income tax increase for the 2009-10 budget. Have you ever seen a temporary tax?

The budget mess in Harrisburg affects not only state but also county and local governments. With the state cutting or unable to fund local programs, many of us are shortchanged. What happened with the money from the federal government stimulus package?

Our local government is not any better. Johnstown leaders have spent millions of dollars on the Point Stadium while city streets are a mess. Empty storefronts, dilapidated buildings and a crumbling infrastructure will do little to revitalize the city or local economy. Is it any wonder why people do not want to live in the city of Johnstown?

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What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

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