The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 9, 2014

Readers' Forum 4-9 | Hopes thieves put gas to good use

JOHNSTOWN — To the individual or individuals who decided to siphon half a tank of my gas on Clark Street on Friday, I am a widow, and I support myself. My gas is budgeted from week to week for work and church.

I hope you needed it more to take your children or a family member to the hospital or doctors, or to have gas to get groceries for your family or even to take your family to church. Because if so, you are very welcome to it.

However, if it was a act of mischievous behavior, shame on you. I may not know who you are, but God does. You will answer to him in the end.

Claudia Plows


Select those who will help families, America

Elections are headed our way soon and we will have a choice between Democrat and Republican candidates and some independents.

I am seeing ads on TV where the Democrats want to tax gas drilling. Tax, tax, tax is their way of governing. They claim they want to fix education. Huh?  Since when does the state government collect local school taxes? Since when does the state collect property taxes?

Google states where Republicans are in control. Taxes and unemployment are lower. Cities across the nation in Republican control are in much better shape than are those controlled by Democrats.

Can it be that higher taxes drive out businesses? Can it be that more regulations in a tight market cost businesses money that they cannot afford and they leave that state?

Big Government is not the answer. Less government, fewer taxes and fewer regulations create jobs. When you decide who to vote for, keep this in mind: Who will keep your jobs here and not drive them out? Who will not tax you more than you can afford? We can no longer vote along party lines. We can no longer believe these swindlers and liars who say what we want to hear but don’t deliver.

What is best for America and your family?

Ed McGarvey


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Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

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