The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 24, 2012

Readers' Forum 10-24 | Senior wary of centers’ future; leader speaks


— Critz followed through on benefits promise

I am a registered voter, but I do not follow campaigns, know voting records, causes that politicians favor, etc. One thing I do know is that U.S. Rep. Mark Critz cares about people, even those who do not live in his district.

In October 2011, my mother died in a vehicle accident while performing her duties as an employee of the U.S. Postal Service. Critz went to her funeral, offered his condolences and promised to help with anything we may need. Honestly, I just chalked it up to a political gimmick since an election was in the near future.

Almost a year later, my dad was still getting tossed from department to department at the Postal Service, trying to get what my mother worked so hard for and what is rightfully his now that she has passed. Frustrated and exhausted, he decided to take Critz up on his offer.

After hearing of the stresses the Postal Service was putting my dad through, Critz immediately went to work contacting supervisors in those departments to get answers. A few weeks later, my dad finally received notification from one of the departments regarding his benefit options.

Critz got results. It’s refreshing to see that at least one politician has a heart and follows through on his promise, not expecting anything in return.

Shannon George

Homer City

Has your candidate represented you?

Morality and prosperity in this country have reached an all-time low. Christian views and prayer are being denied by the government. We are told to view homosexuality and same-sex marriage as normal.

The president wants to share the wealth, rather than work for it, while his brother lives in poverty in Africa. He asks us to respect Islam.

We borrow money from China and give it to countries such as Syria and Libya while our infrastructure deteriorates.

U.S. companies can’t drill for more oil at home, but billions have been sent to South American countries to help them explore their oil resources. He doesn’t support the Keystone XL Pipeline.

His EPA standards for coal are so strict now that some mines are shutting down and miners are losing jobs.

His promise of hope and change has resulted in 39 months of record unemployment, $5 trillion added to the national debt, more people on food stamps and higher poverty level.

His campaign promise was that if he could not fix the economy in three years, he should be a one-term president. A campaign promise I would like to see him keep.

John F. Kennedy said: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

The best thing you can do is think before you vote. Has your candidate (local/state/federal) actually represented you, your views, this area, what’s best for the country? Have campaign promises been kept? If not, then it is time for a change.

Evan Klein

South Fork

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