The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 8, 2012

Readers' Forum 10-8 | Management let Pirates down


— Are we better off than four years ago?

President Obama says he wants to help the middle class. We have lost about 8 percent of our income, took the biggest hit on the home market, unemployment is over 8 percent, yet Obama says he is helping the middle class.

If he gets his way on coal, which is middle-class workers, he will devastate the coal region from Pennsylvania to Virginia. This will cause unemployment to rise over 10 percent. Power plants will be forced to close, causing massive layoffs of miners, truck drivers, plant workers and manufacturing.

His regulations on oil and natural gas drilling are hurting our region now, but it will get a lot worse.

North Dakota’s and South Dakota’s unemployment is under 4 percent because they are digging, drilling and fracking.

Ladies, Obama says he is helping your gender, but your unemployment is higher than ever (along with the young people), but polls say he is way ahead in Pennsylvania. Why?

Check your gas bill along with your food and electric bills. Are you better off now than four years ago? I’ll bet not.

Obama’s foreign policy has the Middle East hating the United States even more than before, along with our allies who think we are weak and no longer the powerful country we were.

Cutting our military at a time like this would be disasterous.

Butch Sheehan

Geistown Borough

Paint Township needs new leaders                                                                   It is time for the Paint Township supervisors to resign from their respective posts and let other, more qualified and caring individuals take their places.

Because of the major hardship a 75 percent increase in taxes will cause the Paint Township taxpayers, I am asking that all funding sources, including Windber Borough and Summit Bank, withhold all payments, vouchers, loans and the like to Paint Township until all positions on the township board are refilled by those not in office.

Having the treasurer step down from his post and reassume a position on the board means the fox is still in the henhouse. This defiance is just another slap in the face to the hardworking taxpayers of Paint Township.

Since money talks, I will be the first to boycott and picket any institution that funds the shenanigans currently going on with the supervisors. I am asking anyone who agrees to let it be known here.

Pass the word, put up signs and write to the papers to let your concerns and displeasures be known before it is too late. Once the tax is instituted, it will be next to impossible to have it rescinded.

Let the situation in Westmont, with its high taxes and residential vacancy rate, be a lesson to those in Paint Township.

Where did our money go and what was it spent on? The taxpayers have a right to know.

Charles Balon


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