The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 30, 2013

Readers' Forum 1-30 | Women shouldn’t strive to be like men

Submitted by Readers

— I’d like to respond to the “Examining Roe v. Wade: 40 years later” column on Jan. 21 in The Tribune-Democrat. There was a commercial for cigarettes years ago with the primary phrase “You’ve come a long way, baby.” The truth is, women have come a long way. In fact, too far.

God, after he created Adam (not by evolution), performed the first operation and created Eve from Adam’s rib (female not male), thus God also performed the first marriage the way it was intended to be –  with one man and one woman.

Spirit-wise, they were created equal, which means woman is not an inferior being; but physically, they were created vastly different. This was because God has specific responsibilities for the man or woman or the husband/wife combination.

Woman was made as a helpmeet for man (Genesis 2:18). Though it is understandable that not every woman will get married, if she has a job she should be treated with fairness and equality.

What I meant about women going too far is simply women wanting to be just like the boys. For a woman to have that ambitious, aggressive and self-serving purpose to get ahead in life isn’t what God’s purpose is for women. And to murder unborn babies along life’s way is degradation to females.

“I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully (1 Timothy 5:14).

I can’t say it any better than God.

Bernie Bolha


Some programs are not entitlements

The national debt is at $16.5 trillion, and President Obama wants to raise the debt ceiling so that he can increase our debt even more. Where is the logic to that?

When will he ever come to the realization that we must reduce our spending?

He tries to use a fear, stating that if we don’t borrow more we may not be able to pay Social Security benefits.

Social Security is a pay-as-you-go system, meaning funds coming in from payroll taxes are used directly to pay current benefits. If the federal government really wanted to do the right thing, it would repay the $7 trillion that has been taken out of the so-called “locked box” for Social Security. This would be a step in the right direction.

Each party agrees that entitlements must be addressed to help solve our fiscal problems. Social Security and Medicare are not entitlements. They are programs that are paid for by recipients. Personally, I have paid into Social Security for more than 50 years and into Medicare since its inception in 1967. I’ve earned those benefits.

Entitlements are Medicaid, welfare, food stamps and unemployment compensation, which has recently been extended to two years. Those are true entitlements that are paid for out of the general fund and should be looked at first when addressing the overspending problems.

The rating agencies are threatening to again lower our bond rating. If this happens, interest on new bond issues would most likely be higher, creating an even greater problem.

Richard Mezyk

Upper Yoder Township

We must learn to forgive others’ sins

What the world needs now is not only love, sweet love but forgiveness – God’s forgiveness.

To forgive as God forgives, you must “remember a person’s sins against them no more” (Jeremiah 31:34). There is a depth that forgiveness must reach if it is to be recognized as God’s forgiveness. It’s imperative to understand that forgiving as God forgives will require God empowering you to do it.

Loving as God loves will require God empowering you to do it, and serving as God serves will require God empowering you to do it. You can’t fulfill the requirements of godly forgiveness, love or service, without God – it is impossible. That’s not a cop-out, those are the facts.

Doing your best, humanly speaking, and doing things in the power of God are vastly different. Remembering a person’s sins against them no more means:

* You don’t mention them to anyone again.

* You don’t think on them again; whether the person who hurt you ever takes responsibility for what he or she has done or apologizes to you or not.

How many can claim they’ve forgiven like that? Once you’ve answered honestly, don’t stop there. Go to God with the power and authority that is in Jesus’ name, to all who believe on his name, asking him to do it through you.

Jesus will do whatever you ask in his name, provided it magnifies God’s love to a sin-sick world.

John 14:14: “Ask me for anything in my name, and I’ll do it.”

Kirstin DiNinno

Central City

Stench in city gov’t is getting stronger

The stench of the sewer situation is permeating the city of Johnstown.

If someone can’t find the time in four months to attend a meeting, then they should resign. Who implemented this “new” system we have? Where did it come from? Who is profiting from it? An “authority” may act on its own but it still has an obligation to the people it serves.

Something is definitely rotten in Johnstown. Mark Pasquerilla gets shut down when he offers his services. Why is that?

What is going on with our in-name-only mayor (Thomas Trigona) and (redevelopment authority chairman) monsignor (Raymond Balta)?

Where did all the money go from the sale of the Dornick Point Sewage Treatment Plant?

There are many questions. Corruption in government starts at the local level. It’s time to clean house locally and federally. We need leaders who aren’t interested in lining their pockets.

Doris Layton


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