Daily Archives: August 16, 2012

Burden of proof is on the theist

By Jeremy Fejfar, December 19, 2011 In response to Rev. David Olson’s column (Dec. 11 Tribune), Olson takes umbrage with those using Stephen Roberts’ statement “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than … Continue reading

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Religion doesn’t always take high moral ground

By Hank Zumach, November 3, 2011 The Rev. David Olson’s recent letter (Tuesday’s Tribune) can serve as an important learning opportunity for those readers who are interested in fact-based reality. In Olson’s version of reality, it is acceptable to claim … Continue reading

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What matters most is how we live our lives

By Mike Dishnow, August 24, 2011 Who or what is the creator of “the creator”? The “first cause argument” is without merit. One can always seek a reduction of one more step. As Dean Stroud wrote in a column in … Continue reading

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National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional

By Jeremy Fejfar, April 21, 2011 I was disappointed to see that a court overturned Judge Barbara Crabb’s finding that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. It’s clear to me that this practice is unconstitutional. The recurring national day … Continue reading

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Horoscopes are still pseudoscience

By Jeremy Fejfar, January 19, 2011 I was disappointed to see articles in the Tribune about the possible addition of another zodiac sign. It’s also disheartening that the newspaper still prints horoscopes. I find it amazing that anyone out there … Continue reading

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A ‘real’ opportunity

By Mike Dishnow, June 23, 2010 The stars in the heavens have lined up. We have an opportunity, a “real world” setting in which to compare the effectiveness of religion vs. logic and rational thought. Senate Resolution 145, state of … Continue reading

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Try logic instead of religious dogma

By Justin Ahrens, June 11, 2010 It’s time to break free from religious dogma! We must exercise the power of the human consciousness and use logic and reason to gain further enlightenment. Enough with ridiculous fairy tales – there is … Continue reading

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Columnist ignored key elements of scandal

By Larry Imhoff, May 16, 2010 Tim Hutten’s column (Friday Tribune) addressed the Catholic Church’s latest scandal but missed several key points. He praised Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI for not accepting a bribe – a “cash-stuffed envelope.” I see no … Continue reading

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Framers would applaud judge’s ruling

By Matt Runde, May 9, 2010 “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The opening line of the First Amendment to our Constitution is so clear. It leaves no doubt whatsoever … Continue reading

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Tacit promotion of religion

By Maria Runde, February 5, 2010 In response to John Ewers’ letter (Your Views, Jan. 24 Tribune): The cross is undeniably a proprietary symbol for Catholics, Lutherans, evangelicals and all Christians. Even those who don’t believe in Jesus as the … Continue reading

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The Bible is a moral source?

By Garrett Pluym, February 5, 2010 In response to Faith Blum’s “Abortion Simply Defined” (Your Views, Tuesday Tribune): I am absolutely heartbroken and appalled that so many people in this country still use the Bible as a source of moral … Continue reading

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Sexuality needs to be addressed

By Mike Dishnow, February 1, 2010 As a retired educator, I cannot but feel that you left conservative ideology trump the evidence. I am retired, having more than 30 years of experience, primarily as a guidance counselor, in three states … Continue reading

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Repeal Faith Exemption

By Jeremy Fejfar, October 2, 2009 Currently, there is an effort to repeal Wisconsin’s “Faith Exemption,” which allows parents to avoid criminal charges of child abuse if they pray for their sick child to get better instead of seeking real … Continue reading

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We need to put greater value on education

By Helen Neubauer, September 1, 2009 I found Autumn Grooms’ story about truancy extremely interesting – and the facts in it depressing (Sunday Tribune). It appears that there are many people who place little value on education, judging by the … Continue reading

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Prayer is an endorsement

By Maria Runde, August 23, 2009 Recent submissions to the opinion page have supported a moment of silence at La Crosse Common Council meetings. As a society, we have to understand that overt prayer to any god at any non-church … Continue reading

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Silence is better

By Larry Imhoff, August 20, 2009 This is in response to Aaron Miller’s Aug 16. letter criticizing an attempt to replace La Crosse Common Council sectarian prayer with a moment of silence. A moment of silence would give each council … Continue reading

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In defense of Orso’s right to speak out

By Jeremy Fejfar, August 16, 2009 This is a response to Charles Panten’s letter (Aug. 5 Tribune), in which he criticized Joe Orso’s column that compared the United States’ use of an atomic bomb to kill civilians to the 9/11 … Continue reading

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Show non-believers some respect

By Marybeth Clark, August 13, 2009 This is an open letter to recent religious letter-writers who oppose replacing La Crosse Common Council prayers with a moment of silence. Please, realize that we non-believers have no intention of taking your religion … Continue reading

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Facts used to deceive on the 1st Amendment

By Hank Zumach, August 3, 2009 We all know we are free to own a home, but the Constitution doesn’t specifically say that. We can use the highways, but the Constitution doesn’t specifically say that. Nowhere in the Constitution does … Continue reading

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Religion as a moral compass?

By Helen Neubauer, July 6, 2009 Sometime early Tuesday morning, someone shattered my car window with a BB while it was parked in front of my house. Two weeks ago, I was finally able to afford to replace my car … Continue reading

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Try to clear this hurdle

By Thomas Neubauer, May 19, 2009 What can I say about Dolly Wolfe’s letter but that Fred Phelps wants his sign back. It has been a long standing position of mine that religion is for those who demand others follow … Continue reading

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Stop lying to us, scientists!

By Jeremy Fejfar, May 22, 2009 Thank you, David Eisner, for your letter exposing the lies of evil-ution. However, you didn’t go far enough. Scientists also lie by saying the earth is a spheroid, 4.5 billion years old, revolving around … Continue reading

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Doesn’t sound so loving

By Helen Neubauer, May 19, 2009 As usual, I am sadly amused by the intolerance and hypocrisy that flows from the pens (or should I say keyboard) of some people who call themselves “Christians.” Perhaps Dolly Wolfe should reread what … Continue reading

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A solution to the council prayer issue

By Hank Zumach, February 8, 2009 It is very important that those La Crosse Common Council members who want to hear a prayer spoken out loud before the beginning of Council meetings be allowed to do so. After all, the … Continue reading

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Finally, a president who recognizes rationalists

By Mike Dishnow, February 3, 2009 This is a first: President Obama acknowledging the legitimacy of the rationalists among us. “For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness,” Obama said. “We are a nation of … Continue reading

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