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Tag: Bill Bichsel


BICHSEL: Bix was a true hero

Michael Honey’s homage to Father Bichsel (Your Voice, 3-9) beautifully recognizes a native son. But though Bix would deny it, he meets Joseph Campbell’s definition of a hero: someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.

Having often walked with Bix for social justice in the past 10 years, I will only add one personal story. In 2007, we were a small march of perhaps 30 calling for the closing of the Northwest Detention Center on the Tacoma Tideflats, a for-profit prison known for human rights abuses.

While on the sidewalk on Pacific Avenue and

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BICHSEL: Bix was a real saint who loved everyone

I was proud of The News Tribune printing so beautifully the life story of Father “Bix” Bichsel. He so well lived the life Jesus wanted us to live – to love not only those who agree with you, but to embrace those who disagree with you. That explains how people who did not approve of his actions still loved him. It is hard to reject being loved.

I hope Pope Francis reads your articles about Father Bix. If ever there was a saint, Father Bix showed us the way.


BICHSEL: ‘Bix’ was an advocate for peace and the poor

Thank you for telling about the life of Father Bill Bichsel (“Bix”), whom many consider to be a prophet and saint (TNT, 3-2).

Bix lived with the Catholic Worker group in downtown Tacoma helping the poor, marginalized and disadvantaged, although he was better known for advocating for peace and abolishing nuclear weapons.

Bix protested numerous times at the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia. This school has a horrible history of teaching military tactics to Central and South American military officers, some of whom were implicated in the murders of not only thousands of innocent people, but

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WAR: Where’s coverage of pro-peace efforts?

The regional economic powerhouse, the Department of Defense and its contractors – the “Military Industrial Complex” (MIC) – employ many thousands in our region, putting bacon on the table for a large percentage of families. So it is easy to understand why The News Tribune and other regional newspapers give substantial news coverage and deference in support of the MIC. However, this is not balanced and objective news reporting.

Many members of local and regional anti-war and anti-nuclear arms peace organizations, including Pacific Life Community and Pax Christi Tahoma, recently held a retreat that included a presentation at the University

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NUKES: Keeping us safe from the Bichsel gang

I feel safe now. Billy Bichsel and his gang have been rounded up and convicted of trespassing, conspiracy and destruction of government property.

If Bichsel (82 years old) gets away with this, 70-year-olds may be stirred to rebellion. He formed his gang – a priest (60), a nun (84), a schoolteacher (67) and a social worker (60). This bunch used bolt cutters to gain entry into a sensitive area and remained there for 41/2 hours before being apprehended.

They were forced to wear sacks over their heads to deny them sight of nuclear weapons. Just think if they

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