The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 3, 2013

Readers' Forum 1-3 | We need ‘parliament’ to replace ‘congress’

— I’ve figured out why our elected officials – I refuse to call them leaders – can’t get anything done.

The English language features an anthropomorphic collection of nouns for the various groups of animals. We call a bunch of cows a “herd,” geese a “gaggle,” fish a “school,” and sheep a “flock.”

Less widely known is a “pride” of lions, a “murder” of crows, a “pod” of whales, an “exaltation” of doves and, because they look so wise, a “parliament” of owls.

Finally, let’s consider a group of baboons. They are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious, most viciously aggressive and least intelligent of all primates. What is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?

Answer: A congress! It’s all so much clearer now. We need a parliament.

Randy Foreback


Evil has many tools at its disposal

When Cain killed Abel, no one blamed the rock. Violence has been around since the start of recorded history. Adolf Hitler killed millions of people without the help of video games, movies or anything else.

There has been unseen war going on between good and evil since the dawn of time. The violence in the Middle East is not due to videos.

Why do liberals always point fingers at nonliving things when violence occurs. In every mass shooting, a combination of gun and insanity are involved. Evil masquerades as madness.

Some people always run from the truth. The devil’s greatest strength is disbelief. If God stands with you, nothing can be against you. These mass killers always seem to kill themselves. Do you know why? The devil destroys those he uses.

If you took away guns, they would use knives; if you took away knives, they would use bombs; etc. Evil has many tools.

Ron Marol


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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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