The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 5, 2012

Readers' Forum 10-5 | Theft of grave-site flowers a heinous act

— My husband and I just returned from removing the silk flowers from the various grave sites of loved ones whose sites we are responsible for.

When we arrived at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Geistown Borough, we removed the ones from my parents’ grave site. Then we proceeded farther down the cemetery to remove the flowers from my uncle who is buried there. Lo and behold, the flowers we had placed there were gone.

We then proceeded across the way to an area known as “The Angel’s Plot.” This is where all infants and young children who have passed away are buried. I have a baby sister who is buried there, having died when she was only 1-day-old, 61 years ago.

I was totally devastated when I looked at her tiny grave site, seeing that someone had removed her flowers, also.

Whoever has done this heinous act, I can only ask God to forgive you. Perhaps you needed the flowers more than they were needed to honor the memory of an infant who barely took her first breath, then died.

I also would like to know why all the flags were removed at this cemetery but not at other outlying cemeteries.

Patty Devich


Late secretary an asset to schools

Irma Yarnick passed away on Sept. 28. Her second round as a school secretary was mostly at Rachel Hill, from 1961 to 1990.

When the nurse wasn’t there, Irma acted as a mother by putting the pupils in bed or calling their homes. She ran the school.

Irma was a great asset to the Richland schools. Everyone who knew her loved her.

I was her boss and a friend for more than 50 years.

Bob Martin


Tot’s murder prompts look at abortions

We noticed with sadness the Sept. 26 story of the sentencing of the “killer” father to 15-30 years in prison in the death of his 7-week-old son. The prosecutors even became emotional.

Does anyone consider that if the same baby boy had been ripped, limb by limb from his mother’s body just a few weeks earlier by a doctor, the abortionist would have been applauded and paid a few hundred dollars?

Where is the angst, concern and distress – even anger – at the death of the 4,000 babies aborted in our nation the same day this baby died?

If any of these babies happened to survive the abortion effort, President Obama – while an Illinois senator – would have said “let it die.”

We won’t get into the folly of young couples “living together” without any commitment to shoulder the burdens of parenthood, but I suggest it helps to understand this sad period in our nation’s demise.

Donald Byrnes


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