The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 8, 2014

Readers' Forum 6-8 | Ants are out to conquer the world

JOHNSTOWN — Summer is certainly in the air, even though it won’t officially arrive until June 21. However, that hasn’t stopped the ant population from trying to conquer the world early this year.

Look around, they seem to be everywhere, and seemingly unfazed from a bitter winter season.

Certainly, ants are hardworking creatures, sometimes doing their dutiful marches late at night along our sidewalks, houses and even car floors. And, despite having a great work ethic, the lowly ant always seems to have the spare time to attend every picnic ever assembled.

The world without ants may be more unpleasant, if you can imagine. They keep other insect populations in check – such as the annoying caterpillar – and ants, not solely bees, pollenate many of our beloved plants and flowers.

Yet, ants are so persistent in staking their claim on the earth, they appear obsessed. They existed in prehistoric times.

Ants can lift up to 50 times their body weight, so I must be impressed. But, the truth is, I detest every ant, especially those that find my ear canel an interesting place to explore.

I have discovered that they dislike a line drawn around your door thresholds with chalk or fresh lemon. Ants won’t cross those lines. Neither do they give up easily.

I know it’s wrong, but I just hate ants. I say so with deep regret, and, alas, a can of Raid.

Gerald Yahner


Soldier’s release a sour taste for some

When I enlisted to become a U.S. Marine, I took an oath to put my life on the line for my country, risking death, injury or even becoming a prisoner of war.

Nobody would ever want that to happen to themselves, but that’s the risk that we take and understand.

I would never expect my country to give freedom to known terrorist so I could be freed. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl allegedly committed treason against our country by deserting his post and seeking out the Taliban. By releasing five known terrorists for this one traitor is a slap in the face to the families that have lost loved ones while serving our beloved country.

Earl Lamison


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