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May 8, 2013

Readers' Forum 5-8 | Greater Johnstown lost a visionary


— When good people do nothing, evil happens

On April 28, I listened to a sermon that I never expected to hear from our pulpit.

Our pastor preached on things that we all needed to hear, areas of our nation that need to be changed. Some of these things are lack of free speech from our pulpits and acts of violence like what have been happening in areas such as Newtown and Boston.

We accept people from other countries without checking their credentials. We offer them freedom, money, education and a completely new lifestyle. In return, they murder our people and attempt to destroy our way of life.

I suggest that other pastors preach a similar service to open the eyes of our nation. The Bible tells us that if we want our freedom, we need to turn from our wicked ways and follow him.

Even while we are asking for God’s blessing, we are killing the unborn, protecting criminals instead of their victims and removing His name from public places in our nation.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sins and will heal their land.”

II Chronicles 7:14.

When good people do nothing, destruction will follow.

Anthony Sherron


Delusion is gripping gun-rights zealots

Please stop with the paranoia – no one is trying to take your guns away. When they changed laws pertaining to cigarettes, I never heard anyone say that government is trying to take their cigarettes away. When liquor laws were changed, no one ever said they were trying to take away their liquor.

Millions of people are in favor of changing just a few gun laws that will make this country a safer place to live – safer for children and adults.

When Richard Nixon was in office, he was asked how he felt about guns. His reply was he thought guns were an abomination. That’s exactly how I feel.

This may come as a surprise, but the majority of people in the United States don’t own guns.

Ninety percent of people support background checks and the bill still didn’t pass. Less than 50 people were killed by guns in Australia last year, the same amount were killed in England last year. More than 12,000 people were killed by guns in the U.S. last year. How can anybody find that acceptable? We’re better than that.

To change the subject, no matter how many President Obama-bashing letters appear in this forum, the fact remains that Obama will still be in the White House for 3 1⁄2 more years and Mitt Romney will still be the Republican challenger who lost by a landslide.

Nat Boscola



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