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April 17, 2014

Readers' Forum 4-17 | Aiding others despite circumstances

JOHNSTOWN — On April 9, I could not believe what I was seeing. A knife-welding student had cut and slashed 21 of his classmates and a security guard at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Westmoreland County. I saw a lot of heroes that day.

Students were confronted by formidable challenges and obstacles in their efforts to aid their fellow students.

These students encountered superhuman events. Only by the grace of God can we meet and conquer these events as they occur and be strengthened by them.

These students have learned the following lessons:

-- Comprehensive life skills

-- Humanitarian aid and comfort

-- How to overcome fear and adversity

The news media, nationwide, picked up this tragedy that occurred in Murrysville. I believe this tragedy showcased to the nation what Pennsylvania is all about – families and friends sticking together in almost unbearable circumstances.

I am very hopeful that all the students will come out of this completely healed in both body and mind.

Time will eventually erase all the scars, but it will never heal the emotional effects of this senseless occurrence. God bless every student at Franklin Regional.

Paul Rinker


Grateful there were no fatalities

Shouldn’t we all be very thankful that there have been no fatalities as a result of the senseless stabbings at a Murrysville high school last week?

Will we ever discover why some teenagers stab and shoot their classmates?

Isn’t having a battle of wits with a progressive like fighting a duel with an unarmed man?

If being a politician is such a tough and financially draining job, why do so many incumbents spend so much time and millions of dollars to get re-elected?

Why do many secular humanists and atheists readily disparage and mock Christianity and Judaism, yet they say nothing bad about Islam? Does the word cowardice ring a bell?

What will happen first – colonization of the planet Neptune or a local weather service forecasting a week without a good chance of rain or snow?

If we are the bosses of politicians and bureaucrats, why do so many act as if we are their servants? Why do we let them?

Isn’t raising taxes to stimulate the economy like eating half a gallon of ice cream to lose weight?

Gregory M. Gyauch


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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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