The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 3, 2013

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

Submitted by Readers

— 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


If they work for us, can’t we fire them?

If our government’s so-called representatives of we the people who were voted into office and paid by we the people of these United States to govern our country and can’t do the job, why can’t we fire them? We are the ones who pay them.

Nothing irritates me more than knowing that most of us who are working and struggling to make it have to deal with these people. If I and other hardworking people would perform like our elected officials, we would have lost our jobs.

I have no faith in our government. Changes need to be made with this failing government. I’m sick of it and so are many others. Enough is enough.

Fred Bigam


Obama’s compassion is a paradox

I am confused. We were all moved to see the compassion in our president’s prime-time speech while he addressed the massacre in Newtown, Conn. However, some of us found the president’s compassion for the dead children to be quite the paradox.

How could someone who has a God-centered love for children have voted against the Born Alive Act numerous times? The president believes that if a baby accidentally survives an attempted abortion, it is all right to let it die because the original intent of the procedure was to kill the baby. At what point between birth and age 6 does the president begin to feel compassion for a child’s death?

I’m also confused as to how Americans can overlook an ongoing tragedy far greater than what occurred in Newtown. I, like most Americans, was distraught with the massacre in Newtown. Seeing children suffer and die is the worst of what life has to offer. I, like most Americans, was outraged at children being denied the possibility to live the life they were created to live.

Where, then, is the outrage over the 3,300 babies who are aborted each day? On average, abortionists in New York City alone kill 247 babies every day. The gunman in Newtown killed 20 children one time. Who is doing more damage to society?

Kevin Weaver



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