Robert Koehler - Vilas County News-Review
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  • THERE THEY WERE again; the dangling irony of memorial Nikes®.

    I was walking home from my neighbor’s house. They’d just had a piano recital and I was still full of music when I saw the pair of tennis shoes flung over the telephone wire that crosses my street; instantly
  • CLOSE YOUR EYES and try to envision the two wolves.

    Imagine yourself as a terrified child. I think that helps bring the myth to life.

    This myth, said to be
  • ON A SHRUGGED-OFF afternoon of YouTube wandering, I came upon this “Is There Life After Death?”

    Well, is there?

    Turns out it was
  • “I HUMBLY BEG forgiveness for the evil committed by so many Christians against the Indigenous Peoples.”

    So said Pope Francis last week, at a powwow in Alberta, Canada, at the start of his “apology tour” across Canada; for the participation of the Catholic Church in the
  • YOU MAY FIND this shocking, but a little more than a decade ago, I spent a weekend learning how to shoot a handgun under the auspices of the National Rifle Association (NRA). I wound up earning myself an NRA Personal Protection in the Home certificate.

    For years, I
  • I’VE MADE MY own choices along the path of life: spiritual, mental, physical. I declared myself a nonbeliever in my parents’ religion at age 16. I’d just read the book “Exodus” by Leon Uris and couldn’t tolerate the church’s teaching that all nonbelievers, including all Jews, were going to hell.

    Bye bye, church on Sunday. My
  • READY, AIM, FIRE.

    “I believe in Jesus, guns and babies,” so declared Kandiss Taylor, Republican Party candidate for governor of Georgia, in a campaign ad.

    Or how about “I’m
  • “THEY WERE AT places that seemed safe, but few spaces in America are guaranteed safe anymore.”

    This is CNN, doing its best to stay atop America’s mass shootings and keep the survivors — by which I mean us — informed. Thirteen gun massacres at strip malls, nightclubs, graduation parties with
  • ANOTHER TERRORIST SLIPS into the classroom, the news.

    Does anyone understand this? Even if
  • “THEN THE LORD God said ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’ “ —Genesis 2:18, Revised Standard Version

    One chapter later, after Eve was held responsible for the “first sin” — Adam, the submissive male, just did what she told him to — we have: “To the woman He said, ‘I
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