The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 21, 2014

Readers' Forum 4-21 | Turn to God instead of drugs, alcohol

JOHNSTOWN — I think I know why so many people turn to drugs and alcohol. They don’t know God, and many do not attend church. They just can’t cope with everyday problems and they turn to those as a cop-out.

I believe God is eager to heal the sick and ruined people if they turn to him. Jesus came to earth as God in human form. He died on the cross to take away all our sins if we repent, ask for forgiveness and change our ways.

We must follow him with all our hearts and read the Bible daily. It’s the best book you will ever read.

This blessed Easter season, and every Sunday, please attend church and take your whole family. We all, including children, need the Lord.

We must trust him and follow him with all our heart. Please turn to him instead of drugs, alcohol, or worse, suicide. Look up when you are down.

We all also have a guardian angel that watches over us. I know mine is sometimes working overtime on me. I know the Father (God), Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit personally as they are my daily strength.

Fourteen years ago, my husband Gary was in a terrible logging accident, which left him in a wheelchair. It’s a miracle that he is alive. Six years ago, I had a mastectomy because of breast cancer and needed chemo and radiation. I thank God he allowed me to live.

All praise, honor and glory to him.

Jean McClemens


Music was more than yelling and screaming

I get so disgusted when I see people like Sandra Bullock, who makes $63 million a year, TV host Michael Strahan, who makes $9 million, and pop musician Beyoncé, who makes $57 million.

I wish I had known years ago that you could make millions by screaming and yelling. I would be a millionaire.

How many of you agree that the songs and music of today are outrageous? I know the young people are going to say, boy this person is like my grandma and great-grandma. Yes, that’s true.

Do any of you remember, “Secret Love,” “Begin the Beguine,” “Because of You,” “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” and “Danny Boy”? These were songs you knew when they went from one song to another.

I had to get this issue off my chest.

Dorothy Ford

Mineral Point

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What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

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