Catholic-school ills

are Catholics' problem

Regarding the May 30 letter, "Catholics already pay twice for education":

Taxes pay to educate all children. If any group wants to isolate its children from the general public, it should pay for that itself and be quiet.

Millions struggle to achieve diversity, including religious diversity, in the hope of eliminating the us-versus-them mentality that contributes to a lack of understanding and sometimes even violence. But if any group wants to stay within its own kind, it can do it and pay for it.

Catholics struggle to keep their schools filled. That's a problem of their own creation. The church should look within to find solutions. How about eliminating waste? How about selling some real estate? How about selling some Vatican art? How about disassembling the hideously dishonest and expensive Vatican legal system, which hides pederast priests for decades and then defends them with church and parishioners' money?

There is also a flavor of elitist superiority suggested by the letter writer's remark about Catholics teaching "proper conduct." The writer might be shocked to learn that others teach these values, too, even atheists. He calls disagreeing with him "brainless ramblings," which is shockingly un-Christian name-calling. Calling our attention to the 2 million Catholic students receiving an "excellent education," he would deceptively have you believe no one else receives the same.

Church traditions have always been in flux. The selling of indulgences, once a tradition and source of income to the church, was stopped. I hope a dispensation from paying its moral share of taxes will be the next tradition to go.

EILEEN MENDELL

Ventnor

Catholic-school letter

set a bad example

Regarding the May 30 letter, "Catholics already pay twice for education":

As a recovering Catholic, I can see why I left the church and the hypocrisy that is organized religion.

The writer talks about how he teaches students about "proper conduct" while calling someone "ignorant" and a "brainless" pundit. If this is what they are teaching in private, religious-based schools, then I am glad I no longer subscribe to religion.

Also, if the reverend believes that the government "should be paying our costs," then he ought to give up his tax-exempt status and join the rest of the world.

RICK BAUER

Mount Ephraim

Wildwood right

on droopy pants

Regarding the May 29 article, "Wildwood to vote on droopy-pants Boardwalk ban":

A very big thanks to Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. of Wildwood for trying to teach decorum and manners to those disgusting people on the Boardwalk and elsewhere who enjoy showing off their cracks to everyone.

Whenever I would see this, I just assumed the cracks matched the ones in their skulls.

JOANNE WELSH

Egg Harbor Township

Waive Ventnor permit fee

for all storm victims

Thanks to the Atlantic County Habitat for Humanity for its great work in helping some Ventnor residents get back into their homes. Without the group's assistance with free labor, some of these homeowners would not be back in their houses. In addition, Ventnor waived the building-permit fee for these homeowners.

But there are still many homeowners not back in their homes who are still fighting with contractors and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In many cases, these homeowners received only a percentage of the actual cost to rebuild. Many had to take loans from the Small Business Administration and put liens on their homes. Many are struggling to do the work themselves to save dollars they do not have.

It would have been nice if Ventnor would have waived the building-permit fee, as other cities did, for these struggling homeowners as well.

Instead, the city decided to charge the fee and receive a windfall (pardon the pun) of revenue as a result of a natural disaster. The reason given was it would not have been fair for all the taxpayers to lose this revenue.

My response to this is we are asking people from all over the country to help pay for storm damage through federally subsidized flood insurance. Charity begins at home, and I think most Ventnor taxpayers would have given up the windfall, incurred a minuscule tax increase and agreed to waive the building-permit fee to help their struggling neighbors. This revenue would not have been received if it were not for a natural disaster.

This is just another example of how middle America is being squeezed.

TIM KREISCHER

Ventnor