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Word on Fire
Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

John Green's novel The Fault in Our Stars has proven to be wildly popular among young adults in the English speaking world, and the recently released film adaptation of the book has garnered both impressive reviews and a massive audience.

A one-time divinity school student and Christian minister, Green is not reluctant to explore the "big" questions, though he doesn't claim to provide definitive answers. He both reflects and helps to shape the inchoate, eclectic spirituality that holds sway in the teen and 20-something set today.

How much information can be shared? Print E-mail
Ask Jean
Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Q A while back there was a question related to how much information an agency can share with family members about the care they were providing for the mother.

I would like a bit more information about that, because I really don’t understand what the big deal is. If we, as family members, aren’t told about things that are not going well for our parents, how will we know?

(From a daughter in De Forest)

A I really appreciate these kinds of questions, because I think there is a lot of confusion about the roles different entities play in regard to elder support.

I also acknowledge the variety of interpretations of "privacy matters" within the various supportive organizations. So let's try and break this down and give you some rationale behind these actions.

Polarization: Can Catholics narrow the divide? Print E-mail
Eye on the Capitol
Thursday, Jul. 03, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Eye on the Capitol by John Huebscher

One doesn't have to try very hard these days to read or hear media accounts of how polarized our politics have become. The topic has been studied and commented upon at length in recent months.

Some of this commentary notes that Wisconsin is among the most polarized places in the country, where the chasm between liberals and conservatives and Democrats and Republicans is especially wide.

Why is our politics so divisive?

For one thing, as was noted recently in a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story on the topic, voters are more ideological. That is, they rarely blend conservative and liberal positions. Instead, they are more likely to embrace either a liberal or a conservative view across the board.