The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 13, 2013

Readers' Forum 3-13 | Region needs cable competition

Submitted by Readers

— The time has come for cable subscribers to pick which cable provider they would prefer, rather than having Atlantic Broadband forced upon us. The other nonsatellite cable company in our region has a much better package and it will continue to have KDKA as part of its lineup.

I have been a loyal customer of Atlantic Broadband for nearly 12 years and have been satisfied with its service, despite the numerous price increases. I don’t mind price increases if the quality is there.

However, I am infuriated to learn of the company’s decision to drop KDKA from the cable lineup after reading the Readers’ Forum. Atlantic Broadband should have had the decency to send correspondences to its subscribers explaining this bold decision.

With this decision, I not only lose the best newscast in western Pennsylvania, I also lose the “Sports Showdown” on Sunday nights.

David Dane, Atlantic Broadband COO, suggested his viewers watch CW (channel 15) for Pittsburgh news/sports. Well, that channel does not carry “Sports Showdown.”

Instead of dropping KDKA, Atlantic Broadband could save money by dropping some shopping channels. Do we need four shopping networks?

The people of Johnstown need cable competition to keep providers honest and to serve the people.

Ron C. Korber



Health-care article an eye-opener

After reading the article “Why medical bills are killing us,” by Steven Brill, in the March 4 edition of Time magazine, I was compelled to write a letter concerning this issue.

How can you read this article and not get incensed by our health-care system?

From what Brill has reported, it seems Medicare should be offered to people younger than 65.

Medicare insurance is able to lower costs, which in the end would save billions of dollars each year. It was amazing to learn that  people who have no insurance or a plan that has a limited amount of money for their individual insurance plan will be bankrupt if they have a catastrophic illness.

And that drug program that was passed several years ago is nothing but a scam. The drug companies are free to set their own prices.

What is a person to do who needs medical attention but doesn’t have insurance? During the presidential campaign, someone asked Mitt Romney that question, and his answer was: “Just call an ambulance and they will take you to the ER.” My question to him would have been, “who pays?”

Please read this particular article – it was very well-investigated. In this great country of ours, it is hard to understand why intelligent men and women can’t do better for the citizens who elected them. If they were working for a company, they would all have been fired.

Virginia Buser


Satan is cause of clergy scandals

There have been letters written in the Readers’ Forum about the cause of the clergy scandals; some coming from different angles than others. But none touched the real source of the problems.

Satan is a strategist. Just as in earthly warfare, where the combatants go after each other’s officers, so too in spiritual warfare the devil goes after the church’s officers – the clergy.

Before Jesus’ passion and death, he told Peter that Satan was out to get him and the other apostles, but he had prayed for them that they may never fail (Luke 22:31-32).

Satan did not stop his attack on the clergy with the death of the apostles, but continued down through the centuries to the present day.

Jesus also said, “Be on guard against false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but underneath are wolves on the prowl. You will know them by their deeds” (Matthew 7:15-16).

This warning seems to have fallen through the cracks while all this misconduct was going on.

On one occasion, the disciples asked Jesus why they could not drive out a certain devil. He replied: “This kind you can drive out only by prayer” (Mark 9:29).

Before the scandal happened, weekly eucharistic prayer hours should have been formed in every parish in the country.

And who would staff such prayer hours? Every parish has a group of retired, holy, prayerful women who are the backbone of the church. With proper motivation, they could staff these prayer hours.

Of course, a smaller number of men would also join them.

Richard A. Ruth


Couple indebted to first responders

My husband and I would like to thank the 911 dispatcher, the emergency medical technicians and the fire company personnel who responded to the call placed to 911 on March 6 for my husband. 

All persons involved were extremely efficient and very kind to my husband and me, and the response time was unbelievably fast.

Thanks to all of you, and we will be forever grateful.

Joan Shrenkle

St. Benedict

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