The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 26, 2012

Readers' Forum 10-26 | Americans must set an example

— We the people are the heart and soul of the United States. It is our right and responsibility to elect those whom we are convinced will truly represent us and govern with justice and love.

It is rancorous to our being that there are some who so disrespect the electorate that they can influence, indeed buy, our votes with vast expenditures of money.

Are the political parties, the media, the political action groups, etc., so venal as to prostitute for funds that come from those who only invest heavily to benefit themselves? The people and the nation be damned.

We must vote to preserve ourselves and our nation. We must continue to be the beacon of freedom for the world – not through conquest but through the example of our humanity to ourselves and to all.

Remember many years ago when an older boy was observed carrying a younger boy up the road to Father Flanagan’s Boys Town, and he was asked how he managed the arduous task? The young man’s response was: “He’s not heavy, he’s my brother.”

And so, as Americans, we are all brothers and sisters.

Sam Contakos


Pro-choice means you make decisions

I hear this all the time: “I can’t vote for that candidate because he is pro-choice.”

I have news for you. God is pro-choice. God says, “Today, I put before you life and death ... Therefore, you choose.” 

Is he for death? No, but he gives us free will and free choice.

If our creator allows us the right to choose right from wrong, why would we want a president who does not?

The president is not for abortions. He is for a woman’s right to choose what to do with her own body, without government involvement.

Choosing to prevent the unwanted pregnancy is where the wise choice should take place. But in the real world, this is not always the case. Sometimes sex is forced upon a woman, even by her own husband. However, I truly believe that if a woman has the freedom to choose, and that decision is not forced upon her, that will free her to make the right choice.

This is all a pro-choice candidate is saying. You have the right to choose. You alone will have to deal with the consequences of your wrong choice, but you still can exert your free will.

Do you really want to elect a president who says no to that?

A. Lee Fenimore


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