The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


September 11, 2013

Readers' Forum 9/11 | Use of chemical weapons is criminal

JOHNSTOWN — As a person of faith I am opposed to modern warfare. And I agree with Pope Francis who forcefully called on all believers to pray and fast for peace in Syria.

The use of chemical weapons is criminal and needs to be dealt with.

U.S. military action in Syria would be illegal without authorization from the U.N Security Council. The U.S. military must stop intervening unilaterally. It would be immoral since the inaccuracy of cruise missiles would kill innocent civilians. It would be dangerous, producing destabilization, terrorism, probable escalation. It is unnecessary, unaffordable, unwinnable.

Diplomacy, in contrast, can bring humane solutions.

A cease-fire and an arms embargo are a must. The U.S. government needs to try to convince the region allies, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, to stop funding and arming the opposition.

We all have our work cut out for us. The secrecy of drone wars, the CIA secret operations, big brother spying on us is leading our country to an imperial presidency. We need Congressional resistance. Congress is supposed to be an independent check on the excessive power of the state. And “We the People” need to “make them do it.” Let’s write and call Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey and U.S. Reps. Bill Shuster or Keith Rothfus. We have the power. Let’s use it!



People affected by closing Salvation Army

I heard that the Salvation Army is closing its doors on Oct. 1. It needs to stay open. You can’t make people move out. They need a place to stay with winter coming.

Barbara Saitta


Editor’s note: Cambria County Homeless Shelter committee announced the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-

Johnstown’s Catholic Charities chapter will oversee the interim and long-term operations, beginning Oct. 1.

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