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Catholic high school

Bob Norris (Forum, Oct. 24) clearly represents the mind-set of those who live in and near the abundance (certainly from our perspective) of Catholic high schools that those of us who live in the Tri-Valley do not have.

He reports that we only have one "feeder" elementary school. Yes, we do have St. Michael's K-8 here in Livermore but if any of you spent any time in our area you will find out that Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin as well as towns like Castro Valley and Danville could easily feed into the Livermore high school.

His point is why pay high tuitions and commute long distances to a campus in Livermore? Just exactly what do you think the families here in the Tri-Valley have been going through for years to get their children all the way to Concord or Hayward or Oakland or Alameda? Those have been their only choices.

Susan Lanferman, (Forum, Oct. 24), correctly points out we have been waiting for decades to the promise of a high school in Livermore. Once again we are ignored out here in the Tri-Valley and St. Elizabeth's will be transformed to a Cristo Rey high school.

I don't believe it's a stretch to say we see our diocese concentrate its work on the immediate neighborhoods and not us "over the hill".

A lot of us feel the high school will never be built after all this time. FYI — my children are grown adults so I am not impacted anymore but felt the need to write for others.

Lastly let us not forget that the cathedral was supposed to have been built totally on private donations.

Nancy Morgan

Keep promises

As I write it is two days since the presidential election concluded with a victory for Donald Trump. I had no idea he would win. No matter who would win I was prepared to believe what Jesus promised to us in his prayer: "Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven."

It was God's will for Donald Trump to win. Remember, whether we voted for him or not, it is not our will but God's will that is important. Is this not what our faith teaches?

Trump made these promises: Eliminate Affordable Care Act, which has turned into a nightmare for many people; revise or repeal free-trade agreements that eliminated millions of jobs for U.S. citizens; build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico that would give jobs to unemployed citizens; discourage illegal immigration; cut back on U.S. policy of war-making; and resettle Syrian war refugees closer to home.

For the past 28 years since the first Bush presidency, our nation has embarked upon a war-making policy against nations who have not attacked us. Also, the financial policy of the Federal Reserve/Wall Street has manipulated the currency to increase the cost of housing for the past eight years. As a result rents have skyrocketed for the majority of people.

Let us hope and pray President Trump can work and at least try to keep his promises.

Richard Trevors

No place for prejudice

The letters section of the Oct. 24 issue was one of the most varied you have published in quite some time.

I was particularly happy to see the positive letters from members and attendees at St. Columba parish. I have been there in the past and can assure your readers that the celebratory liturgies found there on Sundays are truly those of a happy people making a joyful noise unto the Lord … not something that can be readily said about way too many Catholic parishes anymore.

I was taken up short when I read the short letter from Stephen Lo in which he glibly used the term "sodomite." I was more surprised that you published it and that term. If he had used the "n" word for African-Americans, would that have been OK with you? How about if someone referred to Lo with a slur.

Sodomite is a well-known pejorative and used only by the most unthinking, uncaring of people. That Lo felt free to use it freely in writing to a Catholic paper beggars understanding.

Please be more cognizant of the printing of words that are indeed disgusting and harmful to others. There is no place in a Catholic paper for this kind of prejudice.

Jim McCrea

Be vigilant

Donald Trump, the apostle of hate, has won the presidential election.

This means that good people everywhere must be vigilant that the gains people have made in the last 80 years will not be lost.

Beryl Vonderheid

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