The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 14, 2012

Readers' Forum 10-14 | Soldiers’ other mission a well-kept secret

— American corporations that have business interests outside of the country and who rail against corporate taxes need to reveal one of their best-kept secrets. Their secret: They rely on the presence of our military around the globe to protect their investments on foreign soil.

Corporate taxes are high. However, so are the costs to maintain the military. (Of interest: More than 20 percent of the cost to fund NATO is paid by American taxpayers.)

During the past two decades, many corporations have moved out of the country to avoid paying taxes. If the trend continues, and assuming the worst – all corporations leave – they will find themselves in a catch-22 situation.

Though they will not be paying taxes, it is unlikely that there will be enough taxes collected from average Americans to support the military’s presence abroad.

If corporations reveal their secret, at least they will no longer need to keep their fingers crossed behind their backs while they complain about paying taxes. And perhaps those corporations that have left the country will see the “error of their way” and will consider returning to the United States.

Stephen J. Verotsky


Bethany church garden work of Eagle Scout  

On April 24, Bethany Presbyterian Church celebrated its 115th birthday. Part of this celebration included the dedication of a memory garden to be built in the church’s Chandler Avenue courtyard. This memory garden started as a simple idea to beautify a little-used courtyard on the side of the church, where flowers and plants would be placed in memory of loved ones.

The idea had almost been forgotten until Ed Burkett approached the church and offered to take on this project for his Eagle Scout award.

What started as a simple idea turned into a beautiful and inspirational memory garden with a meditation area, engraved bricks honoring loved ones and beautiful flowers.

We urge friends, families and neighbors to come by and visit this spectacular project, take time to say a prayer and perhaps join us for a service.

Many thanks to Ed Burkett for all of his hard work.

Brenda Molnar


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