The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 23, 2014

Readers' Forum 4-23 | UPJ production worthy of high praise

JOHNSTOWN — Kathryn Castner Davis has done it again. Her production of “Much Ado About Nothing” at Pitt-Johnstown blended modern music with the music of Shakespeare’s sophisticated wordplay to create a very merry comedy, with just the right touch of added zany.

I hope UPJ is properly appreciative of the favorable light this high level of performance shines on the institution.

If you missed this show, too bad! Theater, like all of us, is here today and gone tomorrow. Be sure to catch the next one.

There were some outstanding student performances, a few bustles, some David Bowie tunes, even a musical saw. Who could ask for anything more? Shakespeare is smiling.

Charles Clifton


Unregenerate man soon obsolete

We are living in a reconstructed but unregenerate America. Our progress has become a declaration of perpetual war against Christ-centered relationships.

In corporate America, everything is morphing into endless board meetings for overachievers. Hospitals, churches, schools, nursing homes and government are all becoming incorporated into a protocol and performance-based secular society.

Intimate friendships are seldom made anymore, community involvement is just another excuse to politicize or promote oneself and kindness is nonexistent. The industrialized American is hooked on money, entertainment, prestige and popularity, and any appeal to return to God’s principals is flat-out rejected.

The unregenerate have no desire for God. They believe they’ve constructed a lifestyle and religion that successfully conforms to their every objective without him. Unregenerate souls seek neither God nor peace because they are slaves to the solicitation, promotion and defense of self-serving goals.

As the unregenerate person suppresses the principals of God, he betrays his neighbor, his family and the pure, undefiled religion that Jesus talked about.

Such a man has only reconstructed his brokenness. He builds his reputation with insincere words and enhances his image with window dressing and whitewash.

On the inside, his soul is deteriorating daily, and he is held captive to his own exhaustive efforts of magnifying and enlarging himself in his chosen domain.

Only the man whom Christ has regenerated can say with total conviction, “God must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). Sadly, he is fast becoming the obsolete man that the world is better off without.

Kirstin DiNinno

Central City

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