Why not respond to letter writers?

April 25, 2014, edition By Bob Zyskowski Journalism professors long ago and journalism mentors along the way agreed on the following: Editors should not add their comments after letters to the editor. Occasionally, they said, an editor’s note is needed to clarify facts or to respond to a question that might be asked in a published letter, but that should be rare. The…

A letter to my granddaughter as she makes her first Communion

April 11, 2014, edition By Bob Zyskowski Dear Ellie, Grandma and I of course responded yes to your mom’s Facebook invite to your first Communion — we wouldn’t miss it for the world. We are so happy to be able to share that special day with you. I remember my own first Communion day —…

Photo Editorial

March 14, 2014, edition by Bob Zyskowski This is an editor’s confession. As I scrolled through the web-based photo file of Catholic News Service looking for pictures from the recent consistory during which Pope Francis installed new cardinals, the image above jumped out at me as so touchingly human. What a great shot, I thought….

Don’t forget 13 things for which to show our gratitude

What does the diocese do for our parishes? Let me count the ways February 28, 2014, edition By Bob Zyskowski Before it slips your mind, now would be a good time to write a check or make your pledge to the Annual Diocesan Appeal. If you’ve already done so — thanks! — and you can…

Let me tell you a story — then it’s your turn

Stories have a way of staying with us, having an impact long after they’ve been shared February 14, 2014, edition By Bob Zyskowski She was a relatively thin young woman, 20-something, dark brown hair. Her name escapes me, but I remember her story very well. * * * It was shortly after the Berlin Wall…

Check your mailbox for reminder you are Catholic

The postal service and the Internet all deliver messages — not unlike a blessing from a holy water font Jan. 31, 2014, edition By Bob Zyskowski Entering a church, we Catholics reach for the holy water font, dip our fingers in and, with dripping fingers, make the Sign of the Cross. Reading and viewing Catholic…

It’s time to ask tough questions about the income gap

Before we need another War on Poverty to save the middle-class in the United States, we need a War on Greed Jan. 17, 2014, edition By Bob Zyskowski Discussions about raising the mininum wage once again are heating up both in Minnesota and at the federal level. The proposals appear every few years and sometimes…

What Time’s Person of the Year choice says to us

It seems what Pope Francis has been saying and doing has captured the attention of more than just the Catholic faithful Jan. 3, 2014, edition By Bob Zyskowski Was anyone really surprised that Time’s editors chose Pope Francis as the magazine’s 2013 Person of the Year? Given the selection criteria — the person who during…

Shopping for the perfect words on Christmas giving

Presents under the tree, or haven’t you found just the right ones yet? December 20, 2013, edition By Bob Zyskowski “Got all your shopping done?” That’s often a conversation starter as we bump into friends these days leading up to Christmas. We Christians know and believe that the truly important gift was one we all…

All I want for Christmas is . . .

Time’s a-wastin’ – better read this tongue-in-cheek pre-Christmas message now Dec. 6, 2013, edition By Bob Zyskowski No one, as yet, has asked for my Christmas list. Black Friday has come and gone. Small Business Saturday has past. Even Cyber Monday was over as the clock ticked past 11:59 p.m. into plain old Tuesday this week,…