The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 30, 2013

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


— 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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