Laurel: With donations from the community and money out of their own pockets, six military veterans from Garmantown in Susquehanna Township have been able to erect a memorial honoring their brothers-in-arms. The least we can do for their effort is give them a laurel. The 5-foot-long granite monument is at Route 219 and Moss Creek Road on property owned by the Garmantown Church of God. Wouldn’t it be nice to see a large turnout at the Nov. 9 dedication ceremony?

Barb: When will the talk end and the problem be addressed in earnest? Officials keep preaching that a better effort is needed in area work force development, while businesses and industries keep complaining they can’t find the workers with the skills that are required. That was the case last week at the fourth annual Somerset County Job Fair, where 54 companies and government agencies searched for qualified employees. Some came away disappointed. Hats off to the fair’s sponsors and attendees. Now let’s get to work on the educational and skills promises.

Laurel: It was cold and snowy Tuesday night but several thousand people, many of them wide-eyed youngsters, were treated to a Halloween parade in downtown Johnstown thanks to Forever Broadcasting. Forever stepped in as coordinator after longtime sponsor WJAC-TV announced in September that it would no longer handle the parade, a city tradition for four decades. Personnel at the radio corporation, along with several sponsors, obviously had to scramble to keep the parade alive. They should know that lots of people are grateful.

Barb: An e-mail message that likened a vote for Barack Obama to ignoring warning signs that led up to the Holocaust went out last week to 75,000 Jewish voters in Pennsylvania. Worse yet, among the three signatures was that of Sandra Schultz Newman, a former state Supreme Court justice. Thankfully, Newman has apologized, saying she regrets she did not carefully review the final draft before it was released. You would expect more from a former justice, wouldn’t you? GOP officials said they never approved the e-mail and the political consultant who wrote it was fired.

Laurel: Congratulations to Dorothy Thomas on her well-deserved selection by the Johnstown Chapter of the National Organization for Women for its Ellen D. Hoffman Person of the Year Award. The Hornerstown resident will be honored at NOW’s banquet on Thursday. Among Thomas’ many accomplishments are her 58-year affiliation with the Girl Scouts and her nearly 50 years as executive secretary of her church, Pleasant Hill Baptist. She is also is a charter member of the auxiliary to Johnstown Branch of the NAACP. We at The Tribune-Democrat are particularly proud of Thomas’ selection; she retired in 2005 after a 34-year career with the newspaper.

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