Category Archives: Letters to the Editor

Educate to avoid ignorance of science

By Jeremy Fejfar, February 5, 2009 On Feb. 12, 1809, Charles Darwin was born, and 50 years later he wrote the paradigm-changing Origin of Species. Darwin theorized that all life on our planet is descended from a common ancestor. In … Continue reading

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Blum column was not thoughtful

By Hank Zumach, January 26, 2009 We all need to respect the right of people like Faith Blum to have and express their opinions. However, one must wonder why, if they were to be published at all, such opinions were … Continue reading

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Is the Bible a ‘good book?’

By Jeremy Fejfar, January 12, 2009 This is a response to Rusty Rost’s letter which advises nonbelievers to enjoy “the freedom afforded by Christianity to believe whatever (they) wish.” Does the Bible allow for different belief systems? What’s the biblically … Continue reading

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Darwin: an Exemplar of Intellectual Integrity

By Matthew Runde, January 18, 2009 (Not published by the Tribune- presumably do to exceeding 250 words) By Matthew Runde This letter is in response to Faith Blum’s 1/18/09 article. Her essential theme is the notion that Darwin based his … Continue reading

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Don’t let beliefs encroach on rights

By Mike Dishnow, December 22, 2008 This is a response to Sally Oswalt: “They can’t prove there is no God.” I speak as an individual, created free and equal, one who is a freethinker. Sally, the reason I sometimes concern … Continue reading

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Stop worshipping Jesus Christ

By Justin Ahrens, December 22, 2008 In David Foss’ Dec. 7 letter to the editor titled “Stop worshipping Santa Claus,” he states that Santa Claus gives us nothing, he is a worthless character of our imagination, and we must discontinue … Continue reading

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A failure of religious leaders

By Hank Zumach, December 03, 2008 The random slaughter of innocents in Mumbai last week. The ongoing live burial of young girls in Afghanistan because they want to choose whether to marry. Hindus and Muslims killing each other in India … Continue reading

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Founders’ views about religion

By Jeremy Fejfar, August 1, 2008 This is in response to a recent letter about the Founders’ views on religion. Judge for yourself: John Adams: “The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian … Continue reading

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Morality not dependent on a god

By Mike Dishnow, July 14, 2008 Morality is not dependent on belief in a deity. The fallacy is not to be found in the benefits and values of morality, vis-a-vis God or otherwise; it is in the thesis that belief … Continue reading

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The enlightened mind in La Crosse

By Mike Dishnow, June 17, 2008 The establishment of the La Crosse Area Freethinkers is a breath of fresh air. The greatest of our thinkers and scientific minds foreshadow this development. It is not only enlightening, it is essential in … Continue reading

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Holmen wrong about cross

By Larry Imhoff, May 14, 2008 Has the Holmen village board endorsed an official religion? Would the board allow an alternative group, say neo-Nazis or perhaps a satanic organization to display their sacred symbols on public property? If the answer … Continue reading

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Founders were deists

By Mike Dishnow, May 02, 2008 People are wont to quote Thomas Jefferson, not only to support the concept of the separation of church and state, but to the opposite effect as well. George Washington is quoted in support of … Continue reading

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Keep line between church and state

By Justin Ahrens, April 11, 2008 Letter writer Dianne Klinski says, “(People) should research the religious traditions of a place, its people and customs before moving to an area.” That is completely ridiculous. It does not matter what the religious … Continue reading

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Religion is a means to an end

By Mike Dishnow, April 4, 2008 Religion is a tool, a means to an end. Mankind uses this tool in the same manner that it uses a hammer and nails; to build a supporting structure. Thoughts come first, then actions. … Continue reading

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Cross issue is confused

By Jeremy Fejfar, March 21, 2008 The problem many people seem to be having with taking down the “Star Hill Cross” is the perceived object that’s under dispute. Many people are getting very upset because they see this as an … Continue reading

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Scary: McCain and Huckabee get along well

By Mike Dishnow, February 8, 2008 Tuesday was Super Tuesday, the closest this nation has ever come to a national primary election; 22 states held contests. There is no clear front runner in the Democratic Party and Senator McCain has … Continue reading

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The Myth of a Christian Nation

By Jeremy Fejfar, October 29, 2007 Recently the Tribune has run a couple of opinion letters that claim that the laws of United States of America were based on the Ten Commandments of the Bible. Let’s examine this claim. “Worship … Continue reading

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Stop the war on science

By Mike Dishnow, October 10, 2007 It is “music to my ears.” A presidential candidate (Hillary Clinton) stating, “When I am president, scientific integrity will not be the exception; it will be the rule.” How refreshing. Could it be that … Continue reading

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Court decision was a travesty

By Jeremy Fejfar, July 4, 2007 The great James Madison once wrote that a government in a free society may not force a citizen to contribute even “three pence” in support of any establishment of religion. Yet we as taxpayers … Continue reading

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What happened to Republicans?

By Mike Dishnow, May 7, 2007 Whatever happened to the GOP that I often supported over the years? I am 63. I never dreamed the day would come when I would sport bumper stickers on all my vehicles that state, … Continue reading

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Allow questions about dogma

By Mike Dishnow, December 11, 2006 I am a 63-year-old raised in a liberal Catholic household. Yes, I said “liberal.” My father’s greatest gift to me as a child was to allow questioning of religious teachings and dogma and to … Continue reading

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Scrutinize religious beliefs

by Mike Dishnow, October 29, 2006 It is high time we begin to place religious beliefs under the same scrutiny we reserve for secular issues. The Bible is simply a book written by men and is as subject to error … Continue reading

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Diversity Day in Viroqua

By Mike Dishnow, March 28, 2006 Lea Hanson-George is not alone in her disappointment. It is unfathomable that a nation, blessed with the advances in learning we have enjoyed, would harbor such pockets of deep-seated animosity and ignorance. The question … Continue reading

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The perils of an all-or-nothing view

By Mike Dishnow, September 21, 2005 There is less interest in compromise and little desire to respect the views of others in our society today. This divisiveness is unhealthy and unproductive. When individuals and groups espouse absolute “black and white” … Continue reading

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Uphold right of choice

By Mike Dishnow, July 24, 2005 President Bush has done his homework and nominated a highly qualified individual to the Supreme Court. The question is will Judge John Roberts be willing to uphold Americans’ rights, freedoms and legal protections? It … Continue reading

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