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Words can indeed hurt us Print
Editorial
Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Aug. 08, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is an old adage many of us have heard. It means that someone can hurt another by physical force, but not by insults.

In the Bible, we find Jesus encouraged his followers to “turn the other cheek.” In the Sermon on the Mount, he urged them to respond to injury without revenge and allowing more injury to occur.

Still, I don’t agree with the “sticks and stones” adage, because words can indeed hurt people. These days, many use words to bully others.

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Continue to explore space Print
Editorial
Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jul. 25, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

When I was in sixth grade, I remember writing a paper about why space exploration was important. I felt that it was essential to explore outer space, since it is part of God's creation.

That’s why on July 20, 1969, while I was in college, my friend Ginny and I were glued to the television to watch Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong step onto the surface of the moon. He famously said, “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”

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Speak up for public morality; teach virtues Print
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Jul. 25, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

We have in my neighborhood in Madison annually a kind of reenactment of the tornado of human bodies witnessed by Dante in the Inferno’s scene about sins against chastity: a nude swarm swirling around busy downtown on bicycles, eliciting a wave of stares, grins, whoops, glee, and photo taking by bystanders, as perhaps the demons enjoy seeing tormented souls, and certainly a vignette of post-sexual-revolution social sin.

Madison’s “World Naked Bike Ride” either opposes fossil fuels or celebrates the immunity of moral chaos to correction by authority. Not everyone experiences it as altogether benign: a local woman who had been sexually assaulted in early life recently told a journalist that “seeing dozens, often hundreds of naked bodies unexpectedly is a trigger for her.”

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