SJR: I just read your article about the St. Louis Post-Dispatch failing to report the link between Jim Talent and Charles Norval Sharpe. First, I will admit I lean to the right. Used to lean to the left back in my college and newspaper/radio reporting days but my thinking has changed quite a bit since I grew older and had children. For one thing, I could never figure out how to explain to a 5-year-old that abortion is a woman's right without getting some very troubling questions from that 5-year-old.
I don't know Mr. Sharpe, but I have met and support Mr. Talent. I've liked him every time I've met him, even though I don't agree with him on several issues. He doesn't strike me as a fanatic at all, as your article seems to imply.
Here's my question for you. Why do you imply that it is OK for the government to regulate religious institutions but not OK for those institutions to receive government funding? I think if these schools must comply with the same standards of our public institutions that receive government money, religious schools should be granted the same right to receive government funding. Otherwise, the government should leave them alone.
Parent of two students at a private Catholic school