The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


July 5, 2014

Readers' Forum 7-5 | Green energy doesn't work – ask Europeans

JOHNSTOWN — President Obama’s war on coal will affect every American in the pocketbook.

It will eliminate 1 million good-paying jobs over a five-year period.

How does Obama plan to replace these lost jobs? How does he plan to replace the power produced by these plants? Currently, nearly half of America’s electricity is produced by coal-powered electric generating plants.

Europeans dropped the dream of green energy last year after power shortages and a drastic increase in the price of electricity.

Many cities in the country will begin to look like Johnstown, whose population has dropped from 65,000 in the ’60s to under 20,000 since steel mills closed.

Cleaner air, for sure. No jobs, for sure.

Recent elections in Europe showed a drastic move to the right not seen in nearly 50 years. Why? Europeans are tired of high taxes, illegal immigration and a growing welfare state. Sound familiar?

Liberal ideas sound wonderful, but they don’t work. Never have, never will. There are no replacements for good jobs, low energy costs and lower taxes – things the current president knows nothing about.

When coal is eliminated in America, China and India will surpass the economy of the United States, laughing all the way to the bank.

Finally, the Wall Street Journal says that the Environmental Protection Agency has admitted that closing every coal powered generating plant in America might lower the earth’s temperature one-twentieth of a degree during a 100-year period.

All this nonsense over 1/2,000th of a degree per year.

John Skubak


We can agree to disagree

Some time ago, I wrote to the Readers’ Forum saying that I wouldn’t waste my time reading a rebuttal addressed to me without a return address.

Low and behold, would you believe some clever coward sent me hate mail using someone else’s name out of the local phone book? I’m not looking to get anybody in trouble, but I really think that may be a questionable practice concerning the law, especially with the involvement of the U.S. Postal Service.

Why would a person be so callous and hateful? I personally have no problem  with anybody who disagrees with me. If anyone has a problem with any of my opinions, get in touch with me and we’ll discuss (not argue) our opinions.

Concerning the forum, what better place to display our opinions (freedom of speech) than in an editorial page format.

The Tribune really deserves some kudos  for allowing conservative, liberal, religious, political and all kinds of views and opinions on community, state and national people and events.

If anybody has strong convictions about something or someone, put it on paper and send it to the Readers’ Forum. But don’t ever think because you have an opinion that somebody else can’t express theirs.

By the way, a very simple solution to anyone who disagrees vehemently with someone writing to the forum is to first look at the name at the end of the article.

If you have a problem with that person’s writing, don’t read it.

Bernie Bolha

Upper Yoder Township

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