The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 8, 2012

Readers' Forum 10-8 | Management let Pirates down


— Election issues going unanswered

This election will probably be the most important one we will ever vote in. There is a stark contrast between the two candidates.

People who live in this area should be up in arms against President Obama because of the way Obamacare treats Catholics. Under Obamacare, Catholics would be forced to help pay for taxpayer-paid abortions. What about freedom of religion?

Also, this area was big on coal mining. Now, Obama is closing down the mines (regulations against coal use are causing mines to shut down.) In our town, I see a lot of signs that say, “Stop the War on Coal, fire Obama.”

And why would Obama not permit a pipeline bringing petroleum from Canada through the United States to our refineries?

And why can’t we drill for oil in our country? Don’t we need the oil and the jobs?

Arlene Pawlikowski

Northern Cambria

Lifelong Democrat offended by Obama

After reading many Readers’ Forum letters, I believe that those who support President Obama just don’t care.

Gas prices have increased from $1.79 to $3.89 per gallon. Food and energy prices are up significantly. But they don’t care.

Concerning unemployment – rates have increased for the long-term unemployed, for women and for blacks. But they don’t care.

Candidate Obama called President Bush’s $400 billion deficits “unpatriotic.” Under Obama’s administration, annual deficits have averaged $1.4 trillion.

The national debt has increased to $16.3 trillion from $10.6 trillion. But they don’t care.

President Obama champions women’s equality. Records show that he pays his women staffers about 15 percent less than he pays his male staffers. But his supporters don’t care.

Obamacare will cut $716 billion from Medicare, resulting in less care for senior citizens. But they don’t care.

Obama brags about saving GM. GM responds by announcing that it plans to build 11 new manufacturing plants – in China.

Obama’s policy of apology and appeasement has led to deaths and uprisings in the Middle East. But they don’t care.

Obama rails against the rich, saying they aren’t paying their fair share – but never defines what that is. In fact,

they couldn’t pay enough to make a difference. 

To “not offend anyone” Obama has eliminated the National Day of Prayer, refuses to salute the flag and the Demo-crats have eliminated references to God in their platform. Well, I’m offended. But they don’t care.

As a lifelong Democrat, I care. I’m voting against Obama.

Jim Kopriva


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