The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


September 5, 2013

Readers' Forum 9-5 | Tomahawks building tomorrow's leaders


JOHNSTOWN — Up to individuals to promote peace

Conflicts, wars and violence continue to dominate the news channels and will continue to do so until enough people care and rise up to make commitments that lead to actions.

The United Nations is not keeping the peace, neither is the White House nor our lawmakers. It’s each person for himself/herself. So we buy more guns and bullets, dig more bunkers, develop plans to evacuate cities in the event of attacks, applaud the (doomsday) preppers and press on to expect more violence, prepare for more wars and even Armageddon at the end.

Are we crazy? Where are the peacemakers? What could happen if nations spent as much money, time and resources in promoting peace as they do war?

Since powerful world leaders and international organizations do not bring peace, we need to start at another place, another level. How about concerned people of Johnstown and Cambria County rallying for peaceful purposes to promote peaceful solutions and peaceful co-existence within our own borders?

How about creating circles of peace to gather in people of all races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, etc., to learn to know and care for one another? Someone has to show the world a better way.

Circles of peace can begin in our own homes, neighborhoods, work places and among all the people you mingle with.

After all, if we keep doing the same things, we will get the same results.

Noah Martin


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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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