The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

May 4, 2013

Readers' Forum 5-4 | As a dog owner, take responsibility

Submitted by Readers

— On April 24, I was walking my dog, Zeus, an American Eskimo (36 pounds) up D Street. As traffic was going both ways, a car passed by and a much larger dog leaped out from an open window of a passing car and landed directly on top of Zeus and proceeded to shake him and paw him.

The driver of the car stopped, ran around the back and grabbed his dog by the tail as I was trying to pull Zeus from under the dog.

Finally, he got his dog back in the car and sped off, racing through a stop sign.

Zeus, in the aftermath, was shaking and died of a heart attack.

Ownership of a dog requires responsibility. That large dog was not restrained in anyway. The owner took off, not saying a word to me or offering any apology.

I have lost a pet who was a very loving animal and never hurt anyone. What would have happened if a mother were taking her child for a walk or in a stroller and that dog had set his eyes on that child? Zeus did not deserve to die this way. Live up to your responsibilities as a dog owner.

Rev. James Smyka


Quit being cowards and face the truth

One of the most cowardly things ordinary people can do is to shut their eyes to the truth. Are we a nation of cowards?

It seems people will do just about anything to avoid facing the truth. We’d rather look for a scapegoat than admit our own shortcomings and failures. We’d rather believe and go along with manufactured lies about people than discover the truth for ourselves.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “To sin by silence when you should protest and defend, makes cowards of men.”

And you know what God’s word says about cowards. Revelation 21:8: “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

Kirstin DiNinno

Central City

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