The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

December 10, 2013

Readers' Forum 12-10 | Hate-filled letters are amusing

JOHNSTOWN — President Obama has been accused of being a communist, a socialist and a Marxist, three very different political ideologies.

A recent writer to this forum compared him to Hitler. Such nonsense. Another writer stated as fact that the president has Muslim terrorists working in his administration. More nonsense. The president has been very successful in killing and capturing high-profile terrorists around the world.

One thing that most Americans agree on is that our government spends too much money, and, so far, Obama has increased our national debt approximately 60 percent. But to put things into perspective, President Reagan increased it 189 percent; President George H. W. Bush, 56 percent; President Clinton, 36 percent; and President George W. Bush, 89 percent.

The president has not lived up to his lofty campaign promises, but what president ever did? We are certainly a lot better off than we were at the end of the Bush presidency, when the economy was in a free fall and losing over 700,000 jobs a month. Recent job numbers are very encouraging and we are heading in the right direction, albeit slower than we would like.

A few writers, and you know who you are, accuse Obama of hating the Constitution and this great country and only wanting to destroy our economy. The only hatred I see is in the hearts of those people who make such ridiculous statements. But please, don’t stop writing those letters full of fiction and hate-filled opinions. I still enjoy a good laugh with my morning coffee.

Mike Scarton

Portage

Allow mayor-elect to fill vacancy

Concerning the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority board, Johnstown Mayor Tom Trigona should do the right and honorable thing and let Mayor-elect Frank Janakovic, in essence, make the pick of filling an upcoming vacancy.

Going forward, we need the city and the redevelopment authority to work more closely together than in the past, for the good of Johnstown. Giving the mayor-elect this opportunity should help improve this.

I have no doubt that Janakovic will make an excellent choice.

Glenn L. Wilson

President and CEO, AmeriServ Financial

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