The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 24, 2014

Readers' Forum 3-24 | Names to remember come Election Day

JOHNSTOWN — The next time you put gas in your vehicle, look at the price of a gallon of gas and remember three names: Gov. Tom Corbett, Sen. John Wozniak and Rep. Bryan Barbin.

After April 1, when the increase in fees for vehicle registration, state inspection and vanity license plates goes into effect, remember the same three names.

These are our state and local elected officials who, after promising to cut taxes to help lower cost for citizens, passed the transportation bill that will surely take even more money out of our pockets.

April 1 is the first increase in fees. On July 1, another increase will occur.

In November, when you step into the voting booth with less money in your pocket, remember who not to vote for.

Brian Hohman


Approach your job as a ministry to God

Here’s the best-kept secret in Johnstown, a radical new approach to work that many who feel like they are laboring in vain should embrace wholeheartedly:

Stop thinking that what God calls you to do, or who he calls you to serve, is just another job that will pay the bills.

Rather, approach it as a ministry that will provide for the needs of others and develop your own faith. If we just surrender to God’s leadership, we’ll venture out on the assuring words of God to meet our needs instead of relying on ourselves or others. We’ll start depending solely on God’s provision, faithfulness, protection, strength and ability to handle all the circumstances. Remember the faith of Abraham? Hebrews 11:8: He went out not knowing where he was going.

Cease striving and start ministering. Work at ministering with all your heart, strength and mind, doing everything with confidence in God’s trustworthiness, expecting that he will perform the miracles. Ephesians 5:15-17: Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time because the days are evil. Don’t be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. It’s never about trying harder but trusting God more.

If we resolve to do this, then Jesus can fulfill his word that promises to make our burden lighter. Matthew 11:29: Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Kirstin DiNinno

Central City

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