The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 6, 2012

Readers' Forum 10-6 | Obama has halted the nation’s free fall


— Catholics must nix ‘abortion’ candidate

Why be a Catholic if you are not going to follow the authority or the magisterium endowed upon us by Christ?

We need to be informed and consistent with our Catholic moral and fundamental rights. You may feel good avoiding our teachings if you have a priest who does not explain this to you. All our priests should be explaining what our church’s teachings are on the most evil act performed on a helpless baby in the mother’s womb.

As the Holy See has pointed out in the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith:

“Democracy must be based on the true and solid foundation of non-negotiable ethical principles, which are the underpinning of life in society.” (CPL 3)

“A well-informed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program or an individual law that contradicts the fundamental contents of faith and morals.” (CPL 4)

To vote for a candidate such as President Obama is not morally permissible; you would become an accomplice in the moral evil at issue (abortion).

You must sacrifice your feelings on other issues because you cannot participate in any way for a candidate who promotes abortion. This is our Catholic teachings.

God takes care of the rest.

Thanks to the Rev. Leo Arnone for his Sept. 12 letter on the Democratic National Convention, “Democrats denied God three times.”

President Obama has done enough damage.

Joseph T. Torchia Sr.


Cartoonist’s query answered scientifically

The discovery of DNA was the death blow that ended the evolution theory. More dirt needs to be shoveled onto the discredited evolution theory graves.

In the editorial cartoon that appeared on Sept. 25, the question was asked: “How do you explain sea ice at record low levels?” The cartoonist’s answer was a “hair dryer” was used.

The scientific answer is: Place an ice cube in a glass of ice water. Half of the ice cube is emerged in the water (iceberg). The other half will be extending above the surface waterline. This waterline is just at the top of the glass, ready to overflow if additional water is added.

When the ice cube melts, the surface water level remains unchanged. There is no spill-over. The ice expands upon freezing because of the hexagonal open structure of the ice crystals; therefore, how much volume does all those trillions of open spaces in the crystals constitute?

That volume equals the volume of the ice extending above the waterline. When the ice (iceberg) melts, the part above the surface water level fills in the open structures as they collapse.

Will New York be washed away when all of the icebergs are melted away during a “global warming” period?

One should tell Al Gore the oceans would rise only a little, but only because icebergs are composed of fresh water.

They form above sea level and break off and fall into the sea on occasion and not all at once.

Edward F. Podrasky


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