The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

August 22, 2013

Readers' Forum 8-22 | Refurbish instead of burning buildings

Submitted by Readers

JOHNSTOWN — Instead of some landlords having their buildings burned down for insurance purposes, they should have the historical society refurnish them.

While I am on insurance, one of my pet peeves is the ambulance chasers on TV advertising how much money they can get perspective clients. What they actually do is drive good, hard-working doctors out of the area.

I know that I am comparing apples to oranges, but when a serviceman or woman is killed or injured while in the military, he or she gets about $20,000 for the family or the service person.

But military personnel must fight for benefits if injured on active duty. While some injured servicemen and women get due compensation, some never do.

How much is justified for pain and suffering? Only God knows. The Republicans are correct on the promise that there should be a cap on pain and suffering.

Curtis Kalmbach


U.S. has become scary place to live

I will continue my defense of my Catholic faith. No I’m not against other faiths nor am I racist. I just wish as almighty God once said, “Love one another, as I have loved you” and why can’t we just get along?

All the people that our current president put out of work must now turn to agencies for aid and look to pantries to put food on their tables.

He has been so anti-American, whatever happened to impeachment? We’re all turning to crime, killing children rather than having another mouth to feed.

What is happening to our American way?

Nancy Arnone


We must stop fighting our fellow man

Hate in our country is so far out there that everyone is afraid to stand up and say anything.

We elect representatives in Washington, D.C., who are to help us, but they vote to help other countries more.

Most voters know nothing about who they put into power in their cities and counties.

Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton talk so much about helping the blacks. How many blacks have called the police on their own people? Jackson and Sharpton have men with guns to keep them safe from black gangs.

People who help their communities go out and walk every day to get to know their neighbors.

The secret is, don’t fight each other. Get to know each other, despite your color. We all can live together. Don’t let our elected officials run are lives. Put the police back on the job. Take back America.

Warren Weaver

Richland Township

Who’s the fool – man or God?

Years ago, when this was a Christian nation, we grew and flourished and became the richest and most powerful nation since Israel under King Solomon.

Then we lost our way. “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the creator.” (Romans 1:25)

It started with one or two people who said they were offended by things like prayer. So the few ruled the majority. It’s been downhill for Christians since. Yet, the few go out of their way to make other religions comfortable, even defending their so-called rights. Why is that?

There are organizations like the ACLU (which I call Anti-Christian Lawyers United), Freedom from Religion and Atheists of America who think believing in God is foolishness. I think the ones who spend money, time and effort to fight something they don’t even believe in are the foolish ones. If they don’t think God exists, then there’s nothing to fight against.

The Bible says “First of all, you must understand that in the last days (which are coming) scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, ‘Where is this coming he promised?’ Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:3-4)

We must stop these attacks on God, otherwise this nation is doomed. Judgment will come.

Wendell McLaughlin

Chambersburg, formally of Central City