The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 11, 2012

Readers' Forum 10-11 | Difficult to defend vote for Obama

— I know many registered Democrats, including good friends and relatives who I respect very much. Some I have known for 40 years. I know their likes and dislikes. I know that they love to hunt, are good Christians, and are against same-sex marriage and abortion. I know they, like everyone, are frustrated with the economy.

Why then, when they go to the polls in November, will they vote for the party that supports the very same issues they are against? Perhaps it is because their dads and grandpaps were/are Democrats, and they want to remain faithful to that party.

Although that’s commendable, times have changed.

The political debate 20-30 years ago didn’t include the issues it does today. I’m sure there will be loved ones rolling over in their graves knowing that their offspring voted for a president who supports same-sex marriage.

My conscience would never allow me to support a party that goes against my core beliefs. So, I am proud to say that I will be voting Republican, and can easily defend my choice.

On the other hand, it will be very difficult to defend a vote for Obama when sharing these same values. Of course, you could say that Obama is an honest, experienced leader … oops, no can’t use that!

Well, maybe you could say he has done such a great job he deserves to be re-elected. Yeah, right. Good luck with that one.

Please be careful “what” you vote for … WWJD.

Kevin Reighard


District needs Critz as representative

I have been a Republican for most of my adult life. That said, I am going to vote for Mark Critz in November in the hopes that he will retain his seat in Congress.

There are many reasons, but the most compelling reason is that Congressman Critz lives in our area and has chosen to raise a family here.

If the Greater Johnstown area (the easternmost part of the 12th district) loses Critz, we will likely never see any appreciable representation in Congress. Why?


Critz’s opponent has already demonstrated that our end of the district has fewer votes and therefore is not as important as the area closer to Pittsburgh. Critz also knows that, but he has firsthand knowledge of our needs in this area and will stay focused on us as well as points farther west.

Finally, Critz is climbing the seniority ladder in Congress. That makes him even more valuable to us.

I hope that you will join me in voting for Mark Critz and keeping him as our representative in Congress.

Don Hall


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