The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

February 21, 2014

Readers' Forum 2-21 | Group needed to help seniors shovel, plow

JOHNSTOWN — I know that everyone is getting tired of this winter.

I have been thinking of the seniors and disabled people who live by themselves and cannot shovel their walks or clean the plowed snow so they can move their cars.

I know an older couple with a son with multiple sclerosis who could not get their car out of the plowed snow because they live along a major road. They did the best they could to get out because they were out of food.

I am lucky to have a neighbor, Luke, who brings his all-terrain vehicle with a plow. He cleans my driveway and sometimes shovels for me. He goes around to some of the other, older neighbors in the area and plows for them, too. It is such a great help since we are not able to do it any longer. We are lucky to have a neighbor like him.

I wish there was some organization to call if you need help with shoveling. If you are older and on a fixed income, you may not be able to afford to hire someone.

Sidewalks on your property are supposed to be shoveled because it is your responsibility. If you are a senior and have limited income, how can it be done?

Joanne Jurestovsky

Johnstown

Be content with hand you’ve been dealt

All of life is a learning process. I have learned that it’s easy to display contentment when all is well – when you have abundance, when your finances are good, when your relationships are stable and supportive, when your health is great and when you have time to rest and regroup and enjoy recreation.

But that’s not the state many of us are finding ourselves in. Most folks today are barely making it from paycheck to paycheck, finances are stretched to the breaking point, relationships are totally unstable and many aren’t receiving the proper health care that they need to enjoy any kind of quality of life.

As I look around me in the work-a-day world, people are putting in longer hours, getting less rest and the majority have no time or money to regroup or spend a day going anywhere but to work.

What is the purpose behind all of it? I’ve only come up with one answer. These times of trial and hardship were given to many of us to learn what Paul learned – to be content in whatever circumstance we find ourselves. “I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Philippians 4:11)

These words show us that contentment is not a natural propensity of man. Displaying contentment with difficult circumstances will cause people to look at you like you’re not normal. That’s because it’s the kind of power that most people don’t have and aren’t willing to work at to attain.

Kirstin DiNinno

Central City

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