The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

August 23, 2013

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

Submitted by Readers

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


What lowlife would steal from graves?

To the thieves who stole the solar lights from our mother’s and grandparents’ graves at Forest Lawn Cemetery, shame on you.

We hope your thieving fingers fall off.

You are lower than low.

Donna Bowman, Diana Beck,

Douglas Kamler


Vote responsibly, take back America

I am rapidly losing confidence in our federal government, where the president acts like a dictator, the Democrats like socialists and the Republicans like Democrats.

Many of our politicians lack common sense, disregarding the Bible and the Constitution. I can’t see how these so-called leaders keep getting elected. We’re doing our jobs, they should be doing theirs.

I am sick of lifetime, do-nothing politicians. These guys are begging for term limits. When they ignore the Constitution, they void their governing authority over us. Free men and women need not tolerate government tyranny, and they can’t buy our cooperation with entitlements.

I’m sure that there are a few good politicians in Washington, but you cannot spend more than you take in. When this unsustainable benefits system collapses on itself, those who really need help will not get it. We can’t just keep printing money, because this makes the money we have worth less every day.

Morals and the work ethic seem to be lacking today. If that is true, then shame on us. If the voters have changed and would rather have free stuff than freedom, then we are doomed. We get the leadership we deserve.

I don’t believe that is the case for most of us. I would rather serve God than man, and we can each do that in our own way. We must take our responsibility to vote seriously. We need to take America back.

Our future and the future of our children depend on it.

David Vella