The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 26, 2012

Readers' Forum 12-26 | Give privacy to those who lost loved ones


Rampage happened because we are godless                                             What happened in Connecticut was a terrible tragedy. I pray for all the victims and their families, especially during this time that man has set aside to honor Jesus’ birthday.

What has been done by our politicians and allowed to go on by the sheep in America we call voters? They took God out of school a long time ago as well as out of the House, Senate and White House.

Sme of our churches have also replaced God with Rick Warren’s physiology, bingo, movie nights, games and pop music that in no way belong in God’s house.

What did they expect would happen? Yet they still support a no-God-in-school position. They must shoulder a lot of this blame.

They can ban guns, deal with mental illness and put their best physiologists at the head of this problem and it will still not help a lick.

I know the answer and it is the only thing that is going to work:

“If my people, who are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.” (II Chronicles 7:14)

I’ll leave you with this: To my knowledge, all those dear little children are with Jesus in heaven for Christmas. But for everyone else, remember, today Jesus is your savior, but tomorrow if you die, he will be your judge.

Grant Shaffer


Protect our children with armed veterans

As the tragedy in Connecticut has hit us right in our hearts, this got me thinking of how we can protect our kids. There are many answers to be looked at. Some good and some not so good.

My thought would be to put armed guards in schools, and these guards should be selected from the vast pool of veterans who are coming home daily from overseas.

These young men are trained in urban combat. They are able to move undetected and take down their targets without risking others. They are coming home with no jobs available.

How different could these events be if a former Navy SEAL or other combat-trained veteran was inside the doors of our schools and other areas that we need protected?

Heavy background checks and a little training would put many young American heroes back protecting our freedoms and the freedom of our children to be kids and not fear some psycho with social issues.

Jeff Reed


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