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Health care should be considered a right Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

I disagree with the comments Senator Ron Johnson made in response to a question from a New Berlin High School student (September 28, 2017) as to whether health care was a right or a privilege.

The senator not only said that health care was not a right, but he indicated that food, shelter, and clothing also were not rights.

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Address root causes of worsening extreme weather Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

Last week’s article in the Catholic Herald highlights efforts to help victims of Hurricane Harvey as well as Bishop Morlino’s collection for Catholic Charities USA. These efforts are commendable.

Now Hurricane Irma has struck Florida. While prayers and relief are needed there as well, we must also recognize that these storms are unprecedented: Harvey unleashed over 50 inches of rain, while Irma’s maximum sustained winds were longer and stronger than any storm ever recorded on Earth. Records aren’t simply meant to be broken; warmer water and air are fueling bigger storms.

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Health care bill was developed behind closed doors Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Sep. 28, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

Most people know a family member, friend, or neighbor who has had a traumatic health problem. In our family, it was when our two-year-old son ran into the highway as a car came over the hill. Comprehensive health insurance freed us from worrying about costs and let us concentrate on our son’s needs.

Anyone who experiences a similar disaster can imagine what other people go through in such a crisis. Empathizing with fellow Americans is natural in a country founded on the belief that we are all created equal. Equality in feeling suffering leads to equality in relieving and preventing suffering.

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Thoughts on Mass before and after Vatican II Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Sep. 07, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

While not yet Catholic, I attended many Latin Masses before Vatican II. The formal beauty and solemnity of the processions, the cross, the priest’s vestments — all inspired reverence.

I followed the spoken Latin, although not all of it was audible. Many parishioners not understanding Latin prayed the Rosary, following which they received Communion on the tongue, kneeling at a rail.

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