The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 29, 2012

Readers' Forum 10-29 | It is our right to vote

Submitted by Readers

— George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and John Adams, those familiar names of our Founding Fathers, were elected with low voter turnout, many times less than 20 percent.

The founders disliked a democracy, meant to be merely a mechanism for the peaceful selection of political officeholders, filling the U.S. Constitution with undemocratic, anti-majority-rule systems.

Replacing bullets with ballots is a good thing; still, they understood government has nothing to give anybody except what it first takes from somebody.

Rome became the center of the world’s wealth through limited government, enterprise, self-reliance and a well-built republic. Subsidies for grain set in motion its welfare state, expanding it until citizens discovered that instead of working for a living they could vote for one. 

Libertarians want to make government small, ultimately because we support freedom, and keep it as America’s founders intended – limited.  Then confine it to its minimal, but essential, role: The only institution in society that can lawfully initiate force and, beyond that, leave us alone.

What’s so civic in a duty that leaves voters little choice but to pick between candidates who want to grow government, destroying those benefits from it being limited?

Perhaps 19th century economic journalist Frederic Bastiat articulated it best: “If the law were confined to its proper functions, everyone’s interest in the law would be the same. Is it not clear that, under these circumstances, those who voted could not inconvenience those who did not vote?”

Kent Lalley


Activities should be welcomed at park

Regarding the “Park upgrade” story in the Oct. 22 issue: It appears that the young man featured did a wonderful project for the community and put his heart into it.

However, the newly painted sign that was featured needs one word adjusted. It needs to say: Skateboards, bicycles, rollerblades welcome.

Dan Gresh


Vote your conscience on Election Day

Attention, seniors. Can we afford four years of Ryancare? I think not.

Therefore, when you go to the polls, vote with your heart and your conscience on Election Day.

Paul Rinker


Writer explains how he chooses topics

Once monthly people are permitted to write a letter to Readers’ Forum. I would like to enlighten the many who call me to ask where I get my information.

I receive upward of 400 emails a day from activist Republicans and Democrats as well as sites that deal with vast issues.

I also spend hours researching what I submit – current news or before it hits the airwaves or print. One thing is guaranteed, countries that maintain newspapers designed for their public use only are available online. You will have to cut and paste as well as translate the articles into English.

In these newspapers are a lot of in-your-face articles against America. The articles  brag how they stood fast against America and its values.

These newspapers also tell their readers things that are not printed in our mainstream media or viewed on TV.

I have to decide if the articles are secret negotiations or just talk as I research their writings. Searching other newspapers and TV news stories can confirm what I learned and then I write the article for publication in our local paper.

I have been 95 percent accurate in my claims. From time to time, my letters are turned down for being too controversial, or they are unable to verify by findings.

I am a conservative and forced into the Republican Party, so I tend to pick on Democrats. But I also slam bad Republicans.

I am a retired building contractor, served in the Coast Guard and am older than dirt, but I love my country and only wish the best.

Ed McGarvey


United States has been betrayed

On Sept. 25, why did President Obama state at the United Nations, “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam?” Media-deafeningly silence.

Obama’s narcissism exposed itself. Obama, wife Michelle, his ’90s book agent, Kenyan grandmother, Madonna and many others stated he’s Muslim. Is Obama confederate with the Muslim Brotherhood?

Both Obama and brotherhood agents are anti-colonialists. Obama traveled to Pakistan in 1981 where no Americans could enter. For what purpose and how did he enter? Obama invited the brotherhood to the White House in March. Five thousand Muslims prayed in the White House, on the steps and grounds when Obama became president.

Obama holds Ramadan in high regard, yet he’s canceled Christian traditions and, when visiting Georgetown University, covered up all Christian artifacts. Obama refused to meet Israel’s prime minister in September. Obama supported the Arab spring 100 percent. Muslim Brotherhood agents were sanctioned into power. In 2008, Louis Farrakhan proclaimed Obama the Nation of Islam’s messiah.

Sealed are Obama’s college records, medical records, Visa (passport), Connecticut Social Security card and number and everything else of importance for identification.

The Blaze exposed the brotherhood on Sept. 25-26; their infiltration and establishment within our federal, state and local government agencies and our communities. During raids in Muslim countries, our government seized 80 boxes of vital brotherhood documents. Obama will not release any to Congress or the House Intelligence Committee.

What’s Obama hiding? Treason, high crimes and sedition. America has been betrayed. Who cares?

Dennis Mottin


Life and liberty are paramount                                                            We face serious issues and opportunities this election. Our God-given rights of life and religious liberty, the founding principles of our nation, are paramount.

In a time of war and debt crisis, our president sends millions of federal funds and our tax dollars ($487 million) to Planned Parenthood, the No. 1 abortion provider in this country/world and United Nations Population Fund enforcing China’s one-child policy by forcing abortions/sterilizations.

Planned Parenthood and AARP, contributors to Obama’s campaign, helped draft Obamacare, ensuring abortion, assisted suicide. Obamacare also will ration care for the elderly/vets.

Life is sacred. We are made in God’s image and that gives each of us dignity.

Abortion, embryonic stem-cell research, cloning, euthanasia and genocide destroy life and are never justified. The Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate forces religious employers to violate beliefs (ending conscience protection) by paying for contraceptives, abortifacients and sterilizations in insurance plans or face exorbitant fines if they refuse.

Religious hospitals, schools, universities and charitable institutions will not be exempt and close. Religious liberty will be reduced to worship only.

Do you think socialism cannot happen here? Men and women are fighting for us to be free; many have died defending the freedoms we enjoy.

Please vote to restore the country to God as the Founding Fathers intended. With a vote for Romney/Ryan, we can once again be one nation under God, who is rich in mercy. God bless America.

Chris Mraz


Endorsements show lack of integrity

The endorsements that the Pittsburgh Tribune Review have offered for candidates in the upcoming election demonstrate a lack of journalistic integrity on the part of the publication.

While the author negatively mentions “liberal talking points,” it is clear that the decision who to endorse was based upon a small set of equally bad conservative talking points and blatant hypocrisy.

Hans Lessmen is attacked for being an incumbent, but Bill Shuster is applauded for it.

Of particular note to me is the off-hand denial of global warming, which caused the dismissal of 9th district candidate Karen Ramsburg, even though she “has some good ideas.” This “man-made myth,” as the author erroneously calls it, happens to be supported by 95 percent of the peer-reviewed publications on the subject. Dismissing a candidate out-of-hand based on misled fringe beliefs is something that The Tribune-Democrat should be above.

David Mollica


More to election than war on coal

Regarding the “Stop the War on Coal” signs:

Wind and solar power are nice and clean but will never run 24 hours a day. In other words, we need coal, whether it’s dirty or not, and we’ll be digging coal for a long, long time, whether we like it or not, no matter who wins this election.

So, if you want to be a Chicken Little and pretend the sky is falling, that’s up to you.

But there are a lot of real issues about this election – like when our parents are out on the street trying to figure out how that new Medicare voucher program is going to work.

And after that’s all over, it’s gonna be your turn.

Andrew Rhody



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