The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


September 7, 2013

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JOHNSTOWN — Nothing good comes out of interfering

The so-called Syrian crisis is being used by President Obama to divert attention from the Fast & Furious scheme, the Benghazi cover-up, IRS political targeting, and NSA collecting on U.S. citizens. The two factions seeking power in Syria are Hezbollah (Iran) and al-Qaida, both radical Islamic terrorist groups. We will not protect any vital U.S. interest by supporting either side. This is a Shiite versus Sunni fight. Nothing good can come out of us interfering in the Middle East. Look at what is happening in Libya and Iraq.

Chemical weapons are no worse than firebombing (Tokyo; Dresden) or nukes (Hiroshima; Nagasaki) or napalm attacks.

Let those who want to “punish” Assad, grab a gun and fly to Syria to fight. Perhaps Obama can be like the Roman emperors who led their troops in battle – before leaders thought they were more valuable than the average citizen.

Obama’s failed presidency – the only thing he has to show for his term in office is Obamacare – has caused him to divert attention to a foreign adventure.

If jobs are his top priority, he should oppose free/fair trade, illegal immigration (deport them) and greedy U.S. companies locating overseas. You would think that with his Marxist background he would support U.S. workers rather than foreign workers. Perhaps he prefers Leon Trotsky (world revolution) to Joseph Stalin (communism in one country).

Al Cooper


Never give up hope, we all struggle in life

I like that Richland student Kasey Caron wanted to go on the homcoming ballot as a male. Kasey, you go son. That is how he views his life.

Transgender children are not understood. I am not transgender, but, I am gay and understand the struggles that we all go through. Everyone struggles through life. That is why its called life. I can remember growing up (in a church) where God loves all his children. I never strayed from that.

But, in Pennsylvania, marriage or one’s relationship is not a granted situation. Where is the equality? We are all the same, we bleed the same. Why is it right for someone to judge someone else because they do not think the same way? I am also a veteran and I was taught to fight for what I believe in. Never give up hope, Kasey.

Tammy Burgan


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