The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 14, 2012

Readers' Forum 11-14 | Soccer rivalry brings out best in teams

— Amid turmoil and division over the status of our nation and during a very emotional past week for many, great things still happen locally.

Our family supports the Westmont Hilltop boys soccer team, which played their hearts out this season, including a huge win over rival Bedford. (As of this writing, Bedford’s record was 21-1.)

Although Bedford continues to be a pivotal rival, we salute the Bedford team, Coach Jeff Thomas and his outstanding players such as goalkeeper James Jeffries and Blake Baer (who made the winning goal to advance the Bisons to the semifinal last night against Lancaster Mennonite).

With all our hearts, we wish the best to bring back the state title to our region for an awesome future season of soccer. Represent our area with integrity, sportsmanship and determination – which was very well illustrated in Baer’s facial expression during a game initially pictured in The Tribune-Democrat on Sept. 26 – imploring in the intensity of your hearts and the sport.

You are awesome and best wishes to your team. See you in the fall.

Kim Marley


For some, vote tied to selfish reasons

The election is over. Our president has been re-elected. Some who voted for President Obama did so for selfish reasons: To keep on committing immoral acts, such as abortion, contraception, gay marriage and adultery.

Or perhaps they are receiving government assistance and wish to keep getting something for nothing.

Congratulations. You will now continue receiving something for nothing. You are also responsible for helping to end our constitutional republic, in favor of a socialist state.

Basically, you voted for Obama because you wanted someone who will confirm you in your sins. But, you made a fatal error. Because God is not only merciful, he is also just. For failing to uphold his commandments and precepts, he will now send more chastisements upon our nation.

Yes, God is still in charge, and he will continue to make his authority known on earth. Our only hope as a nation is to repent our many sins and return our government to God-fearing men and women who will follow the Lord’s guidance in all of their actions.

For those of us who voted for the loser, do not give up hope. The forces of good will prevail in the end, and evil will ultimately be defeated, when Christ returns in glory.

Until then, pray for our nation, that we will not end up in the chains of oppression through a government that is out of control.

Deacon Dave Hornick


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