The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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November 20, 2012

Readers' Forum 11-20 | Where's concern for fate of post office?

JOHNSTOWN — Residents of Beaverdale received a form letter some time ago asking what they thought the post office’s reduced hours should be. One hundred and eighty-four people responded out of 389 box holders.

Shame on you.

There was a meeting at the Beaverdale library on Nov. 8 concerning this important matter. About 20 people showed up.

Shame on you again. The place should have been packed.

If the post office is closed instead of having its hours reduced, these would be the first people to complain.

In 2014, there will be another survey. All you people better wake up before it’s too late.

Ralph E. Gutshall Sr.

Beaverdale

Writer was mistaken on executive orders

When reading Tom Schettig’s Nov. 12 Readers’ Forum letter, “People have decided they want more gov’t,” I found myself alarmed by the figures he cited to support his argument. Naturally, as a UPJ preservice social studies educator, I felt that the only responsible course of action was to investigate the facts. What I found turned Schettig’s letter into a work of fiction rather than fact.

I believe that it is my duty, as an effective citizen, to share my findings and to dispel a few of his assertions. To date, President Obama has signed 140 executive orders, a far cry from the claim of 923. By comparison, George W. Bush signed 291 and Bill Clinton signed 364, both in eight years (www.archives.gov).

One other point of misrepresentation is the two examples Schettig alluded to in support of his argument. EOs 10995 and 10997 were both signed by JFK in 1962, long before Obama took office. I am grateful to Schettig and others who share their opinions and insight, but I am hopeful that in the future people will verify their facts before they use them to make false claims.

Ryan Clancy

Hollsopple

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