I just wrote a letter-to-the-editor of our diocesan Catholic newspaper in Cleveland. It follows: Should the social justice onus for not having a higher minimum wage in America simply be on legislators, or should we all share the blame? In your recent “Just Speaking” column, Dennis Sadowski notes that getting paid $5.15 an hour (prevailing minimum wage) equates to $10,712 a year. That puts a family of three, for instance, at the lower margin of the poverty line. And Mr. Sadowski writes: “It’s a moral outrage to think that most of our elected representatives have abandoned the poor.” And it is. But we, too, have abandoned the poor… A reading at church Sunday was from 2 Corinthians where Paul is exhorting the early church: “…but as a matter of equality, your abundance at the present time should supply their (those less well off) needs.” So, I wonder, what would keep a Cleveland suburbanite family who enjoys “abundance at this present time” from turning off the air conditioning, gettting a bus pass to go to work in the city, foregoing the large screen TV, nixing the dinners at Applebies… finding a family of three living on minimum wage — and giving them the savings, each year? Answer: Selfishness. Note: Tomorrow we celebrate our “freedom.” What that means to me, in it’s essence, is that we have ‘freedom’ to follow God’s will, or not. That is, for example, we have freedom to follow the 2 Corinthians passage (the way it’s written), or not. Note 2: Our family will boycott the fireworks tomorrow. I just read where Independence, Ohio, had to cancel their fireworks this year because they couldn’t raise the $30,000 that’s needed for the display. And, I would imagine, that sum is fairly typical for most intermediate sized towns across America… Scores of little children starving to death daily in the Third World and we’re spending millions of dollars on our 20 minutes of entertainment tomorrow night? Again, we have the ‘freedom’ to do God’s will, or not: Millions on fireworks? Food for starving children? Does anyone really think God would opt for the fireworks. Note 3: Speaking of money, we continue to ask for campaign donations to help get this message out farther: Schriner Election Committee, 2100 W. 38th St., Cleveland, Ohio 44113.