A collection of recent letters to the editor published in the Wisconsin State Journal.
Democrats trying to distract Barr -- John A. Schrandt
If he's half as smart as he thinks he is, U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-New York, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, knows Attorney General William Barr won't turn over the fully unredacted Mueller report.
The subpoena would require Barr to turn over documents with classified material that can't be made public. As press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, the subpoena is basically asking the attorney general to break the law, which Barr will not do.
So why would Rep. Nadler subpoena the documents? So he can tie up Barr in a legal distraction and keep him from doing what he promised to do -- namely, get to the bottom of who exactly is responsible for the Obama administration's Justice Department and FBI using the phony Steele dossier, paid for by Hilary Clinton, to fraudulently obtain the warrants to spy on the Trump campaign.
The only colluding done with the Russians was done by the Clinton campaign. Weaponizing the Justice Department and the FBI against a political opponent is too much, even for the Democrats.
It is beyond disgusting.
John A. Schrandt, Madison
Religion and philosophy are related -- John Morgan
What is the relationship between God and nature? What is the relationship between religion and philosophy?
The relationship between these questions is an interesting study in itself. It is possible to answer these questions.
Religion began as a search for reality. It invented an imaginative reality. Eventually, philosophy evolved from religion and invented a rational reality. But it did not leave religion completely behind. Religion has some wisdom, and philosophy incorporated that into its DNA. Many people have not noticed that philosophy has superseded religion. This is the tragedy of the modern world.
The relationship between God and nature is easy to explain. Nature is the universe. It is the mysterious force that created and governs the universe. It is neither good nor evil, and does not care about humanity. God is a human mask that people have put on nature, and imagined that we are made in its image. It is humanity's ultimate delusion.
People who don't believe in God are not atheists. If they believe in reason, they are rationalists. If they believe that we need to rely on each other, and not some mythical God, then they are humanists. If they believe in nature, then they are naturalists. This definition is in Webster's dictionary. You can look it up.
John Morgan, Madison
Flag honors vital law enforcement -- Paula Fitzsimmons
The "thin blue line" flag, which is a black-and-white American flag with a blue line across it, honors the service of law enforcement. Contrary to what some say, the flag isn’t intended to be adversarial.
The thin blue line symbolizes the men and women willing to defend our civil liberties and keep us free from harm. It’s the only element that stands between the black line above it, which symbolizes law and order, and the black line below, which is crime and chaos.
Police detractors, with their strident campaigns and messaging, have contributed to diminishing the blue line. They’ve helped create an environment in which officer morale has plummeted, departments across the country are unable to meet recruitment goals, and cops are second-guessing themselves. As a result, the public is less secure.
With National Police Week under way, it’s a pivotal time to contemplate the symbolism of this flag. It signifies that we can exercise our freedoms and be free from harm and harassment because of law enforcement.
While it’s not the most comfortable conversation to have, we should talk with others about the essential roles police officers play in our lives. They are crime fighters, defenders of the Constitution, social workers and medics. Our cities would be unlivable without them.
Paula Fitzsimmons, Madison
Tlaib's remarks aren't anti-Semitic -- Frank Piraino
We all regard the Holocaust in Nazi Germany as inhuman and a stain on Western culture.
Nevertheless, the remarks from U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., about how her Palestinian ancestors suffered when the state of Israel was created, were justified. That's because after World War II the Western allies and particularly the British took away lands from Palestinians and gave them to the Zionists to establish a new Jewish state without any kind of compensation to the Palestinians whose lands and rights were ignored and taken away from them.
The Israelis owe the Palestinians. They should negotiate for a new Palestinian state, or make the Palestinians equal Israeli citizens or by monetary compensation.
I sympathize with Rep. Tlaib's remarks. I don't believe she is an anti-Semite. She has a point based on equal justice to all. I believe that is part of our credo and culture.
Frank Piraino, Waunakee
Environment reaches breaking point -- Laura Green
I am alarmed by the recent report on declining biodiversity and how it threatens all life on the planet, including humans.
As my awareness of environmental issues and how they relate to the bigger social justice picture has increased, so has my motivation to make changes in my life to bring about a more just and sustainable world. My actions count, but I can’t do it alone.
Recent reports told us climate change is happening more rapidly than we thought. Now we learn biodiversity and our ecosystems are at a breaking point. Both problems impact the least among us. The risks include food shortages, polluted or scarce drinking water, loss of habitat, loss of homes and respiratory problems or even death from air pollution.
What will it take for us to wake up and choose a different path -- one that restores our relationship with nature? I hope we can figure it out while we still have a good chance.
Laura Green, Madison