The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


May 11, 2013

Readers' Forum 5-11 | Mothers are most important people

— The most important person on earth is a mother. She can’t claim the honor of building a big, beautiful cathedral. She doesn’t need to. She has built something more magnificent, a dwelling for an immortal soul and the perfection of her tiny baby’s body.

Mothers are closer to God than any other creature. God joins forces with mothers in performing their acts of creation. Every child is wonderfully made in the image and likeness of God, to be cherished and loved forever.

What a precious gift and honor to be a mother.

Lucille Hoover


Don’t remain silent regarding gun rights

Why are ordinary people letting their  voices be silenced by rabble-rousers cheerleading for the lunatic fringe? We all love our country and want to protect our freedoms as much as anyone.

At the convention in Texas, failed politicians and the NRA cult-leaders gleefully provoked an us-versus-them mentality, riling up the defenders against the targets. With no accountability, they championed frontier individualism and God-given rights, cloaking this culture war in a mantle of righteousness, labeling themselves protectors and the rest of us victims.

Responsible gun owners have never been the problem. Like responsible automobile owners, they understand that reasonable laws in a civilized society are a bulwark against anarchy. Background checks, gun registration and a ban on militarized weapons are the sanest, least controversial proposals; yet we are supposed to feel that even this stab at common sense is an attack on personal freedom.

Rabid constitutional scholars will always find ways to evade common sense as they stockpile their private arsenals with assault weapons purchased cheaply out of car trunks in bar parking lots. No reasonable law will be able to stop that insanity. But ordinary citizens must not stay silent.

Shame on the rest of us for allowing the burden of outrage to fall on the parents of slaughtered children.

Valerie and John Casses


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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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