The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


May 7, 2013

Readers' Forum 5-7 | Punishment or gift of life?


— Why can’t checks go to certain veterans?

I sent three $50 checks to three handicapped veterans. I have their pictures and names that I put on the checks and sent to the Disabled American Veterans.

I was shocked when the checks were sent back and I was told to just put “disabled veterans” on the checks. I want to know who is getting the checks.

By the way, how many of you are sick and tired of the same TV commercials we are forced to watch and pay for?

I’m also disgusted with the way lawyers can keep trials going on for years and charge taxpayers millions of dollars, and their clients, like Jerry Sandusky, are guilty as sin from day one.

Dorothy Ford

Mineral Point

Walk a mile in middle-class shoes

An article in the April 30 edition of The Tribune-Democrat caught my attention.

On May 21, a seminar at Greater Johnstown High School called “Walk in My Shoes” will be held where local politicians and business managers can experience what it’s like to live on welfare.

Why not walk in the shoes of the middle-class taxpayer? The ones who carry those on welfare while getting kicked in the wallets by politicians and the wealthy.

Follow us as we get up every morning for work, while also balancing family matters, our homes and, in a lot of cases, caring for additional family members.

Go shopping with us, with a strict budgeted shopping list in one hand and coupons in the other (being careful not to go over budget).

And when we get sick, we tough it out because we can’t afford to run to the doctor’s or emergency room for every paper cut and sniffle.

I know there are many out there who need and deserve public assistance. But there is a huge difference between those who deserve it and those who receive and abuse it.

Walk a mile in my shoes, but beware that they are tight and uncomfortable. I walk in them every day.

Oh, one more thing, they are not a designer brand.

Brenda Molnar


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