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Clearly anti-hate signs are needed in La Crosse

Scott Robert Shaw



There are things that are clearly political. Whether we should spend tax money on defense or domestic issues. Whether to raise taxes or cut them. Whether we choose to vote Republican or Democrat. But there should still be things we can all agree on. That should be universal, not political. Among them is love triumphs over hate. That we should love all people, regardless of their ethnicity, their religious affiliation, their sexual orientation or their age. So it is shocking that something as simple as spreading a message of love and inclusiveness would be seen as being political. But that is the case, as the La Crosse Park Board has now reversed itself and ordered signs reading “Hate Has No Home Here” to be removed from La Crosse’s Weigant Park. A neighborhood group had gotten the city’s permission to put up the signs in the park following racist comments made to some walking there. But now the city says the signs must go because some have complained the signs are political in nature. And worse yet, some even installed their own signs offering a counter message. So some people are pro-hate? So pro-hate they are willing to put up a sign to proclaim it. In a city park, where all should be welcome. I don’t know if the signs should stay or go, but it is clear that La Crosse needs the signs to remind people that hate is not to be tolerated in our community.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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    Tom Fitzpatrick

    October 22, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    In the interest of free speech, I think people who want to post signs saying “hate is not welcome here” should be able to do so. But, those who want to post signs saying “hate is welcome here” should be able to do so also. That way we would all know where the haters are.

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    October 25, 2019 at 8:24 am

    As many know, the laws of the constitution written long ago, have often become rewritten to serve the personal interests of an individual or group of individuals. Given that truth, I would prefer that our community, and the rest of the world for that matter, would promote peace and understanding. Hatred promotes violence. Maybe the neighborhood should have an open neighborhood block type gathering in the park to promote getting to know one and other in their neighborhood. When we take the time to do that, we learn that we as human beings, often have the same common goals in our lives, one of which would be a safe neighborhood and community to live in.

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