The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 7, 2012

Readers' Forum 11-7 | Legislators went to bat for Route 219


— Political callers invading my privacy

OK, that is it. My second political phone call and it is only 10:30 a.m. We have been receiving up to eight calls a day. Republicans, Democrats, special-interest groups, and this morning, it was a Pat Boone recording: “Hi, Friend.” I hung up. I am not his friend and I don’t want to hear him pitch his political views to me.

I believe these calls should be in the same class as telemarketers. Why should these callers be able to invade the privacy of my home?

Perhaps this is something that should be explored before the next election.

Carol Edwards


‘Star-Spangled Banner’ has never been better

You’ve never heard “The Star-Spangled Banner” performed as it was at the premiere recital at Cambria City’s Grand Halle, formerly Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, re-incarnated by the Save Our Steeples project.

Organist Bryan Lohr, after demonstrating the voices of the historic Adam Stein Organ, proceeded to engage them all in an extensive introduction to our national anthem.

Voices responding to full organ in the acoustically magnificent hall would have thrilled even symphony Maestro Istvan Jaray. Some in the audience-chorus were moved to tears.

The program was selected not only to recognize holidays ranging from Halloween to All Souls to Veterans Day, but also to show the sense of saving the early-1900s organ. The response was a long, emotional standing ovation and anticipation of more first Friday recitals.

George Fattman


Letters exposing voters’ history ‘a little creepy’

Recently, I received letters from “Americans for Limited Government” in Fairfax, Va.

The letters show a vote history audit of people in my neighborhood – name, address and whether or not they voted in 2004 and 2008.

The letter promises an updated vote history audit after the election.

I know some of these neighbors but not all of them. Now, however, I not only know their names but precise street addresses and information about their voting habits.

I find this a little creepy.

Jane Oleksak


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