The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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September 13, 2013

Readers' Forum 9-13 | School board should stick to convictions

JOHNSTOWN — As a taxpayer and resident of Richland Township, I would like to comment on the Kasey Caron controversy.

I agree with the school board’s solicitor. She was born a female, and looking at the pictures from the Sept. 8 edition of The Tribune-Democrat, I wouldn’t know either, regarding the way she looked and dressed. Who’s fault is this?

She is still underage, until she is 18 years old, to make any decision about a sex change, not knowing what she is, and to put the school district in this dilemma is not right.

Also, is the mother a lesbian with a partner? It seems so. Was this girl influenced at all growing up?

Regarding gym class, where does she get ready – boys or girls locker room? Either way, it is going to be uncomfortable for all and the school.

I believe God doesn’t make mistakes on sex. He doesn’t ponder and say, “Oops, I made a mistake, you should have been a male or female.” The choice is yours and you have to live it. The Bible is very clear on this issue, and it doesn’t say hormones made me do it.

Stay with your convictions, school board, to what is right. Don’t take a wrong and make it right.

Peter Fedash

Richland Township

Johnstown needs can-do activists

What do we want as fellow Johnstowners? What direction do we see our city going? Forward or stagnant?

I’ve been reading a lot of ideas and concerns. Crime commissioners’ report, police chief’s report, some from council members, and people expressing ideas, concerns and inputs, but not a lot of solutions. Solutions, that’s what I’m interested in.

One person seems to stand out of the pack. Joe Taranto offers fresh ideas, not stuck in the past, pushing forward, a can-do attitude. Are we afraid of expression that differs from ours?

John Quincy Adams said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Improve, adapt and overcome. Everyone should be treated equally and fairly. Expressions to make improvements, to challenge an idea should be embraced, not feared.

The city needs to be changed. However, if things continue with no questions, penalties or reactions by those in charge – city or county – nothing will improve further, just decay more.

Lets become a can-do city. No more reasons why we can’t, only solutions and new breath into our city. No dictatorship, just togetherness to rebuild and welcome everyone.

Lindy Yutzy

Johnstown

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