The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


July 2, 2013

Readers' Forum 7-2 | Tomorrow’s freedom being paid for today

— It’s true that freedom is never free. It is always purchased at a great price.

Someone once said, “To be born free is a privilege; to die free is an awesome responsibility.”

How true. Yet, many men and women have paid the supreme price.

The Declaration of Independence marked the birth of this great nation, which, under God, was destined for world leadership. The closing words of this document solemnly declare that “with a firm reliance on the protection of devine providence we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”

John Adams said on the passing of this document, “I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than the means.”

Where would we, the people of the United States, be today if there had not been those who counted the cost of freedom and willingly paid the price?

Where will we be tomorrow if men and women of integrity do not come forward today and pay the price to reclaim our beloved nation, especially now at this time, since the Supreme Court rules against our voting rights?

God bless America.

Mary Brighenty


Caregivers, church were there for Dad

During the Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star Football Game on June 14, my dad, Doyle E. Paul, suffered a major heart attack. He spent the next 13 days in Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. He was very weak and on a ventilator for several days.

The Paul family would like to thank many people for their quick response and wonderful care. 

Drs. Brad Fairman and Don Lowry and Chris Weyant, along with a 7th Ward ambulance crew, attended to Dad while still at Greater Johnstown High School’s stadium. After arriving at the hospital, he continued to receive excellent care from physicians, nurses and therapists.

Thank you, too, to the Berlin Brethren Church and all the Prayer Warriors. We found that people were praying around the world, from Alaska to Spain and Germany. And, our church family provided so many wonderful meals that kept us going during our time of need.

Debbie Paul Sprowls


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