The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 24, 2012

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


Gas industry upholding its end of deal                                                           The safe development of job-creating American natural gas continues to provide significant economic and environmental benefits across our region, and this past week’s natural gas impact fee disbursement announcement further underscores the fact that Marcellus Shale production is positively impacting every square inch of the commonwealth.

These critical resources will help ensure that local governments are equipped to make the most of this historic opportunity.

The natural gas industry’s work across the commonwealth is indeed a true partnership with county and local governments.

Importantly, these revenues – in the sum of nearly $204 million – are being directed to statewide environmental and conservation programs in addition to each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties regardless of where natural gas operations are taking place.

In fact, Cambria County will receive more than $166,025 this year alone, with Somerset County securing nearly $180,689, in addition to the positive economic impacts the region continues to experience – from lower consumer prices to more jobs and tax revenues.

Our guiding principles define our commitment to being responsible neighbors as well as our collective efforts aimed at providing sustainable, broad-based economic and energy-security benefits for all.

Without question, this announcement demonstrates that our industry is upholding this important promise.

Joy Ruff

Marcellus Shale Coalition


Can’t afford Obama for four more years

Every day I read the Readers’ Forum letters that are printed either for President Obama or for Mitt Romney.

I look at my situation and wonder why I voted for Obama four years ago. He has not kept any of his campaign promises.

Obamacare will make health insurance more affordable. Reality is that health care is costing the average family an additional $2,500 per year.

The Oct. 22 letter by Ralph Swank (“Romney-Ryan plan would slash vital benefits”), while full of emotion, was barren of any fact. It appears that Swank is drinking the Kool-Aid that Obama has prepared.

Swank makes the accusation that “the Republican agenda is to destroy Medicare and Medicaid as we know it, and privatize Social Security.” Really. Where did he read that? Accusations with no facts mean very little.

I think it is very funny that Swank talks about a person who never served in the military not being fit to run our nation. Political influence kept Bill Clinton out of the military. Obama never served. Obama doesn’t even have enough respect to lower his cellphone to return the salute to the Marines as he exits the Marine One helicopter.

Obama has no plan for the things Swank vilifies the Republicans for. At least Romney is trying to come up with solutions. As for me and my family, we cannot afford four more years of Obama.

David Novak



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