The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 21, 2013

Readers' Forum 4-21 | Where will you spend eternity?

Submitted by Readers

JOHNSTOWN — It is said that the only sure thing in life is death and taxes. Taxes continues with the death tax, but what about after physical death?

The atheist believes there is no God, so therefore nothing after death. The agnostic doesn’t know if there is a God or not.

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (I Corinthians 1:18)

Most people in this country call themselves Christians but hardly ever go to church. Maybe Christmas Eve or Easter. They believe that if they don’t do anything really bad, like Hitler, who may go to Hades, they will somehow make it into heaven and don’t think much about it.

We also have those who attend liberal feel-good churches which are more like social clubs but far from biblical truth. “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

You check out different cars or houses before you buy. Isn’t where you spend eternity more important? Start by reading the Gospel of John. (Gospel means good news.)

Jesus said, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul.” (Mark 8:36).

Wendell “Skip” McLaughlin

Chambersburg, formerly of Central City

What children learn is appalling

I have lived about a third of my life in and around the city of Boston, and I grieve over the recent bombing and murder which has afflicted my adopted hometown. This madness can, and will, happen anywhere and we are reduced to waiting for, reacting to and dealing with the aftermath, whether they are mass-shootings or explosions.

We don’t seem to have the ability to perceive a bigger picture, the consideration of which might eventually lead to prevention, if not elimination, of such horrible acts.

There are two practical causes of this behavior. The harm that is dealt to us from abroad, specifically from our Middle Eastern inveiglement, is really about the procurement of oil and the enormous profits of the oil industry.

We need to urgently develop alternative energy sources, which will also help preserve the environment. No small feat. Energy needs involve more than gasoline and heating fuels, but also a massive petro-chemical industry that creates innumerable products and employs probably millions of people.

We also need to restructure our educational priorities and practices, which is the more compelling point because it will have a greater positive, long-range impact.

We have virtually abandoned education of our natural creativity, which is our highest and finest capability. Math and science studies are overemphasized. Students need to receive extensive education in the fine arts. It makes us better people.

What we no longer teach our children is astonishing. What they learn instead, especially young men, is appalling.

Michael M. Mosorjak


Fee bill a useless piece of legislation

In response to the Senate fee bill on drug testing: Why bother? No one follows the Senate fee bill anyway. Just ask any state constable who is an elected official and works in Cambria County.

The sad part is, I helped put most of the Cambria County courthouse in office.

Carolyn Packer

Nanty Glo