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October 22, 2007   •   VOL. 45, NO. 18   •   Oakland, CA
Letters from Readers

Pro-active precautions
I read the article in the Oct. 8 Voice about the fingerprinting of diocesan volunteers. I think this is a wonderful idea and I applaud the diocese’s efforts for keeping our kids safe. As a Confirmation teacher for my parish (St Joan of Arc in San Ramon), I will be going through the LiveScan process before I am a chaperone on the National Catholic Youth Conference trip to Columbus, Ohio, with our youth group.

As one of the owners of Children’s Choice, the school lunch program to approximately 40 percent of the Oakland Diocese (and now serving schools in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Diocese of San Jose), I would like to have all of my delivery drivers go through this process as well so that all of our schools can rest assured that we are pro-actively taking precautions on behalf of their children’s safety.

Therefore, I am getting in touch with the safe environment coordinator to discuss how I can set up diocesan fingerprinting for both of my locations (Danville and San Jose). While my drivers aren’t volunteers at the schools, they are still on-site and a trusted member of each diocesan school as they deliver the lunches.

Keith Cosbey
Children’s Choice

Love and respect
What a shock to find the hate-filled letter regarding gays by Jim Crowley in the same issue of The Voice (Oct. 8) as the love-filled article about Immaculee Ilibagiza, a trusting child of God.

How many times is The Voice going to give Mr. Crowley a place to push his views on gays? This is not the first.

I believe even going to daily Mass is no guarantee that you resemble the Master who said, “Love one another as I have loved you.”

Mary Gregory
Walnut Creek

Ironic juxtaposition
It was ironic to see the photo of the Berkeley City Hall mural celebrating the late Father Bill O’Donnell’s decades of activism on the front page of the Oct. 8 Voice and the photos of the closing of St. Joseph the Worker School in Berkeley inside the same issue. For many, there is a direct and painful correlation between the two. The closing of the school is a real shame.

Thank you to the Presentation Sisters, faculty, staff, generations of families, and those pastors and parish priests who took such good care of St. Joseph’s School through its many years of outstanding Catholic education.

Jeanne Gray Loughman

The opinions expressed in letters to Reader's Forum are the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Catholic Voice or the Oakland Diocese.

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