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Kathleen Parker throws gas on the fire of the War on Men, when in an article critical of Tucker Carlson (Tribune, March 14) she condescendingly asks, “Who would disagree that men are primitive? (Deafening applause.) Basic? Hard to understand? Puh-leez. My guide to men is a one-pager titled ‘Sex and Supper.’”

Vernal Hegenbart

Vernal Hegenbart

Parker accuses Carlson of being a misogynist (woman-hater) for saying things much less offensive than her incredible misandrist (man-hater) put-down of men. Can you imagine the uproar from the radical feminists if any one would say that their guide to women would be a one pager titled “Gossip and Chocolate”?

In the March 18 Tribune, Parker expresses her admiration for presidential candidate Beto O’Rouke by calling him “precious” three times. She doesn’t say if her three sons and one grandson are as thrilled about O’Rouke as she is. She also states that she would like to fix him a hamburger.

Can you imagine the outcry if a conservative columnist asserted that one of the female candidates for president was “precious?”

Add Parker’s pointless ramblings to those of Gina Barreca, Catherine Rampell, E.J. Dionne and Michael Gerson and other frequent columnists in the Tribune and you have to ask why?

Parker, Barreca and Rampell are absolutely obsessed with themselves. These narcissists apparently believe that readers breathlessly await every detail of their thoughts, feelings, deeds, emotions and actions.

In an unusual show of candor, Barrecca (Tribune, Oct. 1, 2018) admits that when it comes to misogyny, “women can surpass their male colleagues.”

If some people just have to have touchy-feely nonsense, they can go to the Internet, soap operas and romance novels. But serious readers want some meat with their potatoes in the area’s only daily newspaper. They are just as tired of Dionne’s, Gerson‘s and assorted other pundits’ relentless attacks on President Donald Trump.

These same columnists are somehow not concerned by the antics of Hillary Clinton and her cohorts.

Newspapers are facing challenges in America, not just because of the Internet, but largely because too much of the media are in lockstep in their hatred of Donald Trump, their devotion to their sacrament of abortion and endless articles about feeling and emotion.

Even the so-called comics are filled with ridicule and disrespect toward men and boys.

I have been writing letters to the editor and guest columns for almost 50 years. I write factual and opinionated articles. My efforts have been validated by the many positive responses that I have received from readers.

There is only so much that can be said in a letter to the editor that is limited to 250 words. Guest columns give writers an opportunity to expand and develop issues that they and others are interested in.

Many writers have expertise that they have gained from living and participating in society that cannot be learned in journalism classes.

I believe that the Tribune would do itself and its subscribers a real favor by featuring more local writers on its Opinion Page, or perhaps a frequent op-ed page.

Let the big-city newspapers feature the big city writers and let the La Crosse area enjoy local writers opinions that reflect small town values and perspective. Some local writers that come to mind include Sister Rosalia Bauer FSPA, Dave Drewes, Chip DeNure, Harry Griswold and Fred Kurtz.

I don’t necessarily agree with everything they have written for publication, but they have proven that they are mature enough to realize that unlike Parker, Barreca and Rampell they are not the center of the universe nor are they filled with hate like Dionne and Gerson and their bedfellows. My suggested writers and many others should enthusiastically be encouraged to share their knowledge, wisdom and experience with readers. A mix with some big-city writers would be of interest to many discerning readers.

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Vernal P. Hegenbart resides in Sparta.

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oldhomey

Vern tells us: "Add Parker’s pointless ramblings to those of frequent Gina Barreca, Catherine Rampell, E.J. Dionne and Michael Gerson and other columnists in the Tribune and you have to ask why?

"Parker, Barreca and Rampell are absolutely obsessed with themselves. These narcissists apparently believe that readers breathlessly await every detail of their thoughts, feelings, deeds, emotions and actions."

Well, gosh, Vern, I think a lot of readers view Gina Barreca, Catherine Rampell, E.J. Dionne and Michael Gerson and other columnists in the Tribune as very knowledgeable people about the issues, people who deal with real facts and provide valuable and often deep insights into the issues. The knowledge they deal in and the the way they think about them go far beyond journalism school. or any school, for that matter. It takes native intelligence, deep experience and talent to do what they do, and they generally are exceptional at it. That is why readers read them.

Later Vern goes on to inform us: "Newspapers are facing challenges in America, not just because of the Internet, but largely because too much of the media are in lockstep in their hatred of Donald Trump, their devotion to their sacrament of abortion and endless articles about feeling and emotion."

That is a pretty broad statement, Vern, and one that does not seem very well grounded in fact. In fact, it sounds like an ideologue emotionally venting his spleen.

Vern continues: "I have been writing letters to the editor and guest columns for almost 50 years. I write factual and opinionated articles. My efforts have been validated by the many positive responses that I have received from readers."

Vern, that sounds like a narcissist assessing what he think he has accomplished and not surprisingly declares that he is very pleased with himself, indeed. So who were these people validating your brilliance? Was it a wide spectrum of people like the national columnists you belittled earlier in your essay? Was it the usual line up of suspects like the right-wing oddballs that you endorse, like Chip Denre and Harry Griswold? And on the strength of this you a recommending that the Tribune drop its national columnists with whom you disagree? Newspapers are indeed in a state of troubling transition because of advertising revenue migrating away from them to the internet, mainly. I don't newspapers are going to see your plan to give readers less of what they want in order to give them more of what you want as being a good business model.

oldhomey

Excuse me. I wanted to ask Vern if his fans of his authorial prowess were made up of a wide spectrum of the people who seem to like Gina Barreca, Catherine Rampell, E.J. Dionne and Michael Gerson and other columnists in the Tribune, but I didn't make that thought clear.

Rick Czeczok

Another book by Old Homely that no one but the bobble heads read. Blah, blah, blah. It's funny that you idiots think anyone reads these comments. I don't, but just don't like socialist activist as you clowns all are. You humor me and I find that fun. HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA......

oldhomey

I am SO happy, Ricky, that I prove useful to you. I wish I could say the same about you, but I think it is a bit unbecoming of anyone to say they are amused by your antics, being that you seem to be the village idiot, somebody who should be pitied, not encouraged.

Rick Czeczok

All the little bobble heads go yup, yup, yup....... So pathetic this group of follow the leader, right over the cliff. Socialist activist's can't think for themselves that's why the need big government who will also take them right over the cliff. And Physics pshyco says I'm the one with the problem. I hope non of his students followed this looser and coward. Can't use their real names because the boogie man will come get them. HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA such a group of fools.

capedcrusader

I would just be happy if you would learn to spell.

PhysicsIsFun

Another vapid comment from the village idiot.

Cassandra2

But in the case, Physics, the village is somewhere in Russia.

PhysicsIsFun

A looser is a loser who can't spell loser. Ricky, 'you are such looser'. Me, It is spelled loser. You moron!

Cassandra2

Vern yearns for the horse and buggy days when LaCrosse was a regular Mayberry. He wants a return to the "good old days" when casual racism was tolerated and women knew their place. Luckily this dinosaur is on his way out with the rest of the whiners who can't handle societal changes.

PhysicsIsFun

Yes more Harry Griswold and Chip DeNure is just what this paper needs. Stop getting thoughtful opinions from knowledgeable people who don't live in Lacrosse and don't subscribe to right-wing conspiracies. We want more "local experts" to give us the "real small town values" that we all subscribe to, because we are so small town. (This is sarcasm.)

DMoney

We ARE so small town. That's what makes us great. Have you travelled the country outside of resorts/vacations? Our area is tiny and with it comes peace, quiet, safety, relative cleanliness, respect and harmony. The author is right--lets hear more from area experts on both sides.

PhysicsIsFun

Thanks for sharing your world view. I have lived in small towns for most of my life. Fortunately I do not have the myopic view of others that you and Vern seem to enjoy. I know you hate California and anything with a whiff of immigrants . It must be comforting to be the big success that your are in small town Wisconsin. Trump has been such a boost to your bottom line. Those losers who have not been able to parlay his moronic policies into personal wealth salute you and your data driven lifestyle. Ayne Rand is very proud.

DMoney

Couple things: I can't stand anything with a whiff of ILLEGAL immigrants. Key omission you and others conveniently and ignorantly and prejudicially make. Also, I'm not personally wealthy, nor especially successful. I barely have a positive net worth. Not sure where you garnered that but get it straight. Not only wealthy are conservatives. Another stereotype by an accepting and open minded liberal.

Cassandra2

Gee, D-bag, you say "I barely have a positive net worth." How can that be? You claim the economy is booming and times have never been better since Trump took control.

DMoney

Well C bag I was pretty far in debt during Obama's tenure. That's my fault, not his. Was younger and dumber. Besides, numbers don't lie. Show me an economic result today that's trending downwards. Good luck.

PhysicsIsFun

Well Dman I can tell you that after 40 years of hard work I am pretty comfortable financially. Both my wife and I have graduate degrees and were lucky to be gainfully employed and have good insurance with no major health issues. The only major financial setback We had was the stock market crash of the late Bush presidency in 2008. That was extremely traumatic. For a while there it looked like we were heading for a second depression. My parents lived through that, and it did not sound like fun. Luckily we had a president, Obama, who was able with the help of others to avoid that dire possibility. The return to normalcy was not as quick as some would have liked, but thankfully we have a somewhat stable economy. I shudder to think how Trump would have mismanaged that situation. He inherited an economy doing fairly well. He could mess it up with this tariff nonsense but so far he has not. We have some more profound problems than the economy, and he and almost all Republicans refuse to acknowledge it or do anything about it. Small people like you bring up Drake and his jet and other nonsense. It is time to get serious or our children will suffer the consequences.

oldhomey

Thank you, Physics, for your excellent 5:27pm post. One of your best ever.

PhysicsIsFun

Please explain to me the difference in values held by people in small towns versus large towns. I am curious. You imply that somehow people in LaCrosse (or other small towns) are more moral than others. It seems to me based on your comments that you are a very amoral person . You seem far more concerned with the bottom line than in any fuzzy non measurable thing like empathy, compassion, or good behavior. Is this a small town value? I know you are against abortion. I am not for it. I just don't feel society has the right to tell women what to do with their bodies. Is that the only moral issue you care about? Trump is your guy. You see no problem with his behavior. That does not seem too moral to me. He is a bully, a liar, a sexual harasser and assaulter, an adulterer, a tax cheat, a business cheat, the list is long. But apparently your perception that you are doing great financially under him is all that matters. That does not seem too moral to me. I just do not get people who think this way.

Rick Czeczok

They at least use their real name. Coward.

PhysicsIsFun

Ricky you are so big and brave ans so incredibly stupid.

Jobaba

I have always thought that old Rick was signing up to comment and just didn't get it. So he used his own name and has been resentful ever since.

capedcrusader

You got that right.

capedcrusader

Czeczok, prove to us that's your real name. And then tell us where you taught.

oldhomey

Ricky, you may use your real name on here, but the people on these posts who oppose your opinions are well-informed, honest citizens who act with honorable intentions. They (and I am in that number) would not dream of doing anything more than simply show you up on these posts as what you are, a clownish, ignorant lout. But I would not trust you, Climate, new2, A Veteran (of no known army) to not take personal umbrage and harass me and others you oppose on these boards personally if you knew our identities. Look at crank, for Pete's sake. He admits to trying to track down those he disagrees with on these posts, claiming to know information such as our names and the numbers of computer accounts that we hold. He is lying, I am sure, but that is menacing behavior on his part to say that he is engaged in this sort of undertaking against me and others. And, unlike you, is relatively smart.

awol2009

Thanks for the great laugh, Vern. Your mention if narcissistic columnists? Maybe you should look in thee mirror. In Vern's World, he would prefer our society to revert back in time to when females should be seen and not heard; they'd be barefoot and pregnant with no access to birth control; have no right to title or deed of land, money, bank accounts or credit. Vern would prefer women as mere "baby makers" as portrayed in "Handmaid's Tales" as he has no respect for females and shows his frailties with his obsession of his delusional "War in Men". Such a Snowflake. Chip Demure, Harry Griswold? Their notoriety as purveyors of fake news is great fodder for the idiotic point Vern is lamely attempting to make. Hats off to The Tribune for printing his column. It gives us a greater awareness of the nut jobs among us to warn our children and grandchildren.

crank

If Vern is truly offended by the columnists he cites, I really do feel sorry for him. We know that the leftist will exaggerate statements made by the right in order to claim offense where there is none. I would admonish Vern to avoid doing the same. Don’t be a crybaby, Vern.

The “Sex and Supper” comment was meant to be humor. The “Gossip and Chocolate” line was pretty good too. Hopefully, we don’t all become so triggered by this PC krapp that we can’t laugh. These opinion columnists have become predictable but we still read. I laugh at them, Vern. I laughed at your column. You should too.

martian2

Old Vern lost all credibility when his list of opinion writers are a bunch of right wing nut jobs. He rants about one column he didn't like, thinks it was an assault on his manhood I guess, so he goes on and on about Ms Parker. Wanting people like Chip Denure or Griswald is laughable. Both are right wing conspiracy nut cases who are entrenched in tea party hate politics. Just the type Vern seems to admire. If Vern wants more local opinions just read the letters to the editor, they are there every day.

Jobaba

Can't agree with the opening rant, but I agree with the overall message. Local opinions are important even if they oppose the staid midwestern ideal of Americanism. There is much going on in the area that we just don't allow ourselves to talk about because the movers and shakers have such tight drawers.

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