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Masterpieces of God’s creation: Every life deserves respect, including children with Down syndrome Print E-mail
Editorial
Written by Mary Uhler   
Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014 -- 12:00 AM
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Perhaps one of the saddest things I’ve heard in recent memory is what atheist Richard Dawkins said about children with Down syndrome.

On Twitter in August, Dawkins said that an unborn baby with Down syndrome should be aborted and that it would be “immoral to bring it into the world.”

Dawkins was debating this issue with some of his one million Twitter followers. When one of his followers tweeted, “I honestly don’t know what I would do if I were pregnant with a kid with Down’s syndrome. Real ethical dilemma,” Dawkins replied, “Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.”

I first heard about Dawkins’ remarks on Facebook from someone I know who has a son with Down syndrome. She was horrified by what Dawkins said, since her son is a wonderful person and an important part of her family.

After delving into this matter further, I found some information about Down syndrome and what has been happening with the screening of pregnant women. I feel more people should be aware of these issues and talk about them with their family members and friends.

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Some things to consider when voting in November Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

At the November election, you may want to consider using an absentee ballot, keeping in mind that one vote may become a deciding factor in many races. This ballot is designed for individuals such as yourself, extremely busy, yet wanting to ensure the right candidate wins the right office.

Keep in mind that voter ID and redesigning the ballot are additional factors all of us face.

Richard Kilian, elections inspector, Boscobel

 
A nice problem: We have to fund the education of growing number of seminarians Print E-mail
Editorial
Written by Mary Uhler   
Wednesday, Sep. 24, 2014 -- 12:00 AM
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In 2003, the Diocese of Madison had only six seminarians studying to be priests. With the number of ordinations decreasing and retirements of many active priests looming, the future didn’t look very promising.

What should we do? Many people in the diocese were talking about this situation. Bishop Robert C. Morlino, our new shepherd, decided to make vocations to the priesthood his top priority. He appointed a full-time director of vocations, then Fr. James Bartylla, and the bishop also promoted vocations every chance he had.

In the summer of 2004, three diocesan seminarians — Eric Sternberg, Ben Kessler, and Greg Ihm — started a Holy Hour for Vocations in the chapel of the Bishop O’Connor Catholic Pastoral Center. By the way, one of these seminarians (Fr. Greg Ihm) is now our diocesan director of vocations.

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