The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

June 22, 2013

Readers' Forum 6-22 | We don't need wimps filling our pulpits

Submitted by Readers

JOHNSTOWN — On June 5, in the Readers’ Forum, an individual criticized The Tribune-Democrat for allowing an opinion column on June 3, claiming it to be a platform for bigotry and hatred. She also claimed it to be narrowminded, selective interpretations of Scripture.

I thought it very interesting that a Readers’ Forum opinion just preceding this critical reply was “There cannot be any variations on truth” by Kirstin DiNinno.

DiNinno hit the proverbial nail on the head when she stated, “Truth originates from God’s word.”

God inspired about 47 men over approximately 1,500 years to pen exactly the truths he wanted humans to live by. One of these truths is holy matrimony between one man and one woman. Marriage through homosexuality is not marriage on God’s terms. Therefore it is sin because it’s a transgression of God’s law.

It is not bigotry or hatred to name sin. That was exactly what God did in his holy, inerrant, inspired word – the Bible.

There shouldn’t be a spiritual leader in our country at this bleak time in history who shouldn’t be teaching God’s family values. The problem is, we have too many wimps behind pulpits who are more concerned with tickling ears, entertaining the people and teaching a prosperity gospel that leaves them more financially secure, but leaves the congregation void of sound biblical doctrine.

Homosexual marriage is the abortion issue of our day. It’s a shameful disgrace that political correctness and shallowness have silenced many of the pulpits on such a critical issue.

Bernie Bolha

Upper Yoder Township

Fatherhood is not part-time task

The saddest group of humans on earth today is those men who father children yet demonstrate little love, affection or concern for their offspring.

Being available one or two hours or days a week is not being a father. Fatherhood is a 24/7 responsibility. Anything less is nothing at all. I’ve seen the pain endured by fatherless children.

Will those young sperm donors ever grow into men?

Several other points bother me:

-- I find it disheartening to see anti-abortion bumper stickers on foreign-make cars. I have heard that in many Asian nations, women working on vehicle assembly lines are coerced into having abortions. Your purchase of a vehicle from an Asian-based company supports this behavior. Isn’t it hypocritical to oppose abortions here but to enable them elsewhere?

-- When did compromise and cooperation become dirty words? Those words were the foundation on which this nation was built.

-- When did the healing arts (compassion) become the healing industry (profits)? Does your doctor care more about your wallet than your health?

-- Wouldn’t it be great if the meal you are served at a restaurant looked like what is portrayed in the ads?

Bill Weible


Events wrong to ride Thunder’s coattails

To the people who have spent so many hours throughout the years to make Thunder in The Valley a great event in Johnstown – thank you.

I would also like to thank you for being so humble in how your organization is handling the way that you have been treated by the Richland and Ebensburg promoters of their events. Without Thunder, I do not think that those two venues could make it on their own.

Therefore, I am suggesting that these two events change their dates and quit riding on the backs of the Johnstown event. Or they could raise up their heads next year and rejoin the group instead of trying to be so greedy.

Thanks again, Johnstown, and may you never get stabbed in the back again.

Frank Gabrovsek


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