The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 24, 2013

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Bring back values to save next generation                                                       Prayer and the Ten Commandments have been taken out of schools and replaced with an education system that does not teach values. When the Ten Commandments were hanging on the walls of schools, young people learned that thou shall not steal, thou shall not lie and, yes, thou shall not kill.

We must bring back these values to save this generation. On the day of the shootings in Newtown, an estimated 3,000 babies died in America at the hands of abortionists.

A nation that refuses to ensure that a baby is safe in his/her mother’s womb cannot ensure the safety of small children in their schools or anywhere else in society.

Public officials tell us that they are taking action on behalf of the children, while at the same time supporting and funding groups such as Planned Parenthood, which is responsible for the brutal deaths of more children than all school shootings combined. If we accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?

Forty years of legalized abortion has produced something very dark and very diabolical in America’s soul.

President Obama could turn things around in one day if he wanted to by lifting the ban on public praying and getting Bibles back in our schools.

He will not do it, though.

God have mercy on America.

Stephen Porada

Richland Township

Outlawing guns will not stop murders

This is to applaud Thomas Sowell’s column on April 18, “Where’s the proof that tighter gun laws reduce murders?

I couldn’t have said it better myself. And I might add that the NRA isn’t the only organization trying to protect our Bill of Rights. There are thousands of other organizations across this country, including our rod and gun clubs.

Bombs are also illegal, but that doesn’t stop bombings. Madmen will always find a way to commit mass murders. They don’t care about women and children. They don’t even care about their own lives.

I have a sign hanging on a wall that states: “You have not lived until you have almost died. And for those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected will never know.”

I think every veteran knows its meaning.

Criminals would like nothing better than to have all guns outlawed. It would be safer for them. But if they attack my family, they will be met with equal or greater force than they have.

Thank you, Mr. Sowell, for a great article. Those who say, “If it just saves one life,” must always remember that guns have saved a country.

Ken Buck

Stonycreek Township

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