The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


August 23, 2013

Readers' Forum 8-23 | Turn good marriages into great ones

JOHNSTOWN — I appreciated Publisher Robin L. Quillon’s column, “Our strength lies within families,” on Aug. 18. I, too, have wondered what our world would be like if husbands and wives truly loved each other, treated each other with respect and were willing to trust and forgive.

Sadly, there is someone to blame for the dismal current state of marriage. It’s all of us who let the romance and joy of marriage slip away.

Our kids and grandkids have been watching how we treat each other. They do care, though they may be the world’s best at pretending that they don’t. Some of them have decided that marriage is a throw away once the glitter wears off, and some of them have decided that marriage isn’t worth it at all. The shame is, our kids and grandkids may have learned that from some of us.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a faith-based organization committed to helping good marriages become great marriages. More than 1 million couples worldwide have attended marriage-encounter weekends and have returned to their home “on fire” with renewed love for each other and a deeper understanding of themselves, their marriages and their faith in God.

Couples on the weekends learn powerful communication tools that help their marriages grow, and their children learn the value of a loving marriage.

Please see for more information about marriage encounters in western Pennsylvania. The site also has a link to “retrouvaille” for marriages that are in very serious trouble.

Rick Wess


War on Drugs is not solely a black issue

Leonard Pitts opinion column on Aug. 19 once again treated us to the same disenfranchised African-American drivel that the race hustlers continually force-feed us in the media. With the War on Drugs being the subject of interest, he predictably stated that U.S. drug laws unfairly target African-American communities.

Advocating a reform of sentencing guidelines and withdrawal of police powers to assist in stemming illicit drug use and sale, it becomes obvious that Pitts wants to turn his eyes away from a virulent parasite that is destroying our society and communities.

Heroin, cocaine, bath salts, crystal meth, etc., fill the pages of our smallest local newspapers to the largest national publications.

We all know that this issue is not solely tied to African-Americans, nor can it be pinned to a specific location or demographic. It is so wide-reaching that every one of us likely knows someone whose life  has been altered, even to the point of being completely destroyed, by dealing with these substances.

It is also painfully obvious these problems are not regressing. Simply turning a blind eye, as Pitts suggests, to be fair to minorities is liberal ideological folly.

In many cases, the penalties should be much stiffer, to the point that it is a meaningful deterrent for even considering participation in the drug trade. Selling these substances to an individual nearly equates to a murder, given how it devastates his or her life, family and community. Let’s treat it as such.

Christopher Farabaugh


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What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

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