The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 20, 2013

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JOHNSTOWN — Violence is not way to power, rule

While the Boston Marathon bombing is a current example of tragic infliction of pain and suffering on innocent people outraging our country, what’s different from the human suffering by American drones or that resulting from premeditated acts of war against Iraq when Dick Cheney knowingly and deliberately, through lying, “duped” Congress into voting for waging war on Iraq?

Cheney is a free, unchallenged man. What does that say for the U.S.?

Until those in leadership roles in the United States denounce violence as the means for rule and power, vengeance will beget vengeance. Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.

Jesus is dead because his teachings have conveniently been distorted, lost meaning and/or fallen on ignorant or deaf ears. We can stop nurturing the violence in and caused by our country if leaders and the masses rise above acts of terrifying violence by honestly and openly recognizing adversities and using attributes to quell them.

While nurturing attributes of others will comfort those who are suffering and recovering from the deaths and trauma in Boston, may those whose job it is to pursue those responsible do so in a way allowing full exposure of the evil perceived, then brought to life, in the circle of violence and destruction.

Throughout the daily reminders of adversities, with suffering and the war on terror by terrorizing, be mindful of the Rev. A.J. Muste’s summation, “There is no way to peace, peace is the way.” A modern and unifying spiritual direction.

Etta Albright



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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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