The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 27, 2012

Readers' Forum 11-27 | Respect our flag, put God back in schools

— In response to Patty Cunningham’s Readers’ Forum letter on Nov. 18, “American flag, pledge have lost their meaning”:

Maybe this is how some of our elected officials want us to think. If everyone disrespects the flag and pledge, we lose and the minority wins. Those who disrespect the flag by burning it or walking on it should be ashamed.

I respect my flag, and having given 20 years to military service, I will never let anyone tell me I cannot fly my flag or honor it. Just think of all the men and women who have given their lives for this flag and their country.

Please, people, do not think this way. Don’t let a few take away this great flag from us. It has stood for too much through the years.

I do agree with the writer about one thing: God does need to be put back into America and into our schools.

Please keep flying our great American flag. Don’t slap the face of our veterans who have fought and died for this flag.

James Munshower


Philadelphia voted as pollsters predicted

After four years of crackpot theories contending that President Obama’s operatives concealed his Kenyan birth by traveling back in time to place birth notices in Honolulu newspapers, now we have nonsense about voter fraud in Philadelphia – according to Dr. Bill Choby’s Readers’ Forum letter on Nov. 18, “Philly presidential vote raises questions.”

Philadelphia voted exactly as all of the pollsters predicted, including the Mitt Romney campaign’s pollsters, which explains why Romney’s own people aren’t making ludicrous claims about fraud.

Why did the vote in Philadelphia lean so Democrat? Urban areas tend to vote more Democrat than rural areas do. Bill Clinton’s old campaign adviser, James Carville, once said of Pennsylvania voter demographics, “Well, you’ve got Philadelphia and you’ve got Pittsburgh, and in between you’ve got Alabama.”

As to the ridiculous charge that (Attorney General) Eric Holder failed to investigate voter fraud by “Black Panthers” in 2008, I assume that Choby is referring to the “New Black Panther Party,” which seems to have consisted of exactly five members. Holder didn’t investigate them, but neither did Pennsylvania’s then-attorney general, our current governor, Republican Tom Corbett. In fact, during his tenure as attorney general, Corbett never had cause to investigate a single case of voter fraud in Philadelphia or anywhere else in Pennsylvania.

How very sad that some self-professed tea party patriots have so little faith in the system they profess to support. Or worse, how reprehensible that some would calculatingly besmirch that democratic process, undermine the public’s confidence in the election, and inflame political unrest with an ugly, vile and baseless smear.

Daniel Waltimire


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