The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 10, 2013

Readers' Forum 3-10 | Pittsburgh ties warrant keeping KDKA

Submitted by Readers

— When I read Debbie Chuba’s (“Cable subscriber upset; official responds”) Readers’ Forum letter and David Dane’s (“TV station became cost prohibitive”) unacceptable response on March 5, for the first time, I was made aware of the loss of KDKA to Atlantic Broadband subscribers.

This is probably because local stations are so obsessed with weather reports that I rarely watch the Weather Channel, likewise many other stations currently offered.

Whomever originally dictated the market area that includes Johnstown could have benefited from some history and geography lessons. Johnstown has little in common with Altoona and shares no commonality with State College. Advertisers from those areas surely do not realize much business from this side of the mountain.

As a proud alumna of the University of Pittsburgh, I am beyond vexed that despite our being home to an acclaimed regional campus of Pitt, I am constantly only apprised of activities in the land of the “Blue and White”

Keep KDKA available to remind us of the sports events and educational, cultural and health care opportunities that are only available to us at the closest city.

Marlene Kough


Immigration-reform law long pass due

With the nation being short on cash, the Department of Homeland Security re-leased illegal immigrants (criminals) into the general population.

Being short on cash motivates many, including Hispanics, to cross our borders and enter illegally.

While safety and security are of concern, we don’t need to get the shotguns out just yet.

Of the estimated 11 million illegals in the United States, only 48 percent are Hispanics. Who makes up the 52 other percent and where is their mail delivered?

On news programs, I’ve noticed only Hispanic people being released.

Every country has good and bad people in their culture. Hispanics have a culture with strong religious beliefs. They are family-centered and hardworking. Sounds like those on the Mayflower, doesn’t it?

Lets hope a comprehensive immigration-reform law is passed in the near future.

Rose Fritz


In critiquing letters, stick to the specifics

I haven’t any problem with Bob Truscello’s Readers’ Forum letter on Feb. 12 (“Women really have come a long way”) or anyone else critiquing in a negative way anything I write to the Readers’ Forum. I do have a problem when people like Truscello insinuate something that I didn’t really relate to – that being, women are inferior to men. In my article, I specifically stated that women are not inferior beings.

Although Truscello may find it hard to believe, I realize women drive cars, vote, serve in government, etc. In fact, two of the most prominent women leaders of our lifetime were prime ministers, Golda Meir of Israel and Margaret Thatcher of Britain. The United States could use some women like them, instead of the likes of Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi.

I also stated in my article that women in the workforce should be treated with fairness and equality.

But the main point of my article was that women really shouldn’t lower themselves to the dregs of men. That ambitious, aggressive and self-serving purpose to “get ahead” in life was related to women murdering unborn babies – abortions. In fact, my response letter was to the “Examining Roe v. Wade: 40 years later” article on Jan. 21.

Also, Truscello’s downgrading of Bible usage is exactly what’s wrong in America. We want to do things our way and not God’s way.

Anyway, since my wife just fetched my slippers and newspaper, I’ll sign off for now. It’s so good to have an obedient wife.

What a great day.

Bernie Bolha

Upper Yoder Township

Historical accuracy suffers in zealousness

To correct historical inaccuracies in the letter by Ann Mazur on Feb. 23, “Constitution under attack by Obama,” I’ll briefly and factually address each point and give recommended readings. Historical accuracy suffers in zealousness.

First, Judaism and Christianity are diametrically opposed. Read Paul’s Epistles – no combining the two.

Our Founding Fathers were deists with few exceptions. They believed in a remote creator/God who didn’t meddle in man’s affairs. They founded a secular nation free from religion: You can be whatever you want or nothing. Our government recognized no religion, as in England where a church tax was levied.

Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. No administration then or since despite “moral majority” votes ever seriously tried to rescind it. Talk is cheap – unfortunately illegal wars aren’t.

Knives were never banned in Soviet Russia, Hitler never disarmed Germans (shooting sports were common pastimes). Would better relations with former cold war opponents harm us? Where’s “blessed are the peacemakers” and “give offense to no man”? Arab nations dislike us because we’re there. Drones kill indiscriminately; “national building” is an oxymoron with the death/destruction wrought.

God is no respecter of persons. We are no better or worse than other nations concerning Him.

And cutting our defense budget in these economically troubled times isn’t wrong – how much do we need?

Recommended readings: Walter Isaacson’s “The First American” on Benjamin Franklin and his times. Also, the Constitution, Bill of Rights and The Federalist Papers.

Timothy M. Roberts


Read the Bible and see who is in charge

A note for the people in charge of our nation (I did not say in control).

Please, get the dust off your Bibles and read Proverbs 3:1-35. I will be praying for you to do so. Only God is in control.

Proverbs 2:1-7, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.”

Please read James 1:5 and remember who your judge is.

Donald Bishop


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