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". -. '  .... "- :'" ' .....  The' Message.--for Cathollcs of Southwestern Indiana -- Perspective--- Talking and listening We tk by e-mail now, my sons and I. E-mail stands for electronic mail, a relatively new form of com- munication. It is not really correct, of course, to say "we talk by e- mail." But the form of communica- tion involved is somewhat difficult to describe. On the range of human endeavor, sending e-mail is located somewhere between praying and letter writing. Here is how it works for us. I write a letter at my com- puter. Because I subscribe to a computer communications service, I am able to send that letter over a telephone line to a storage place. One son in Chicago uses a computer to see if he has any mail addressed to him in that storage space. Another son in Crawfordsville, Ind., uses a computer to see if he has any messages addressed to him. Any of us can send or receive messages. Any of IB PAUL It. INGANG EDITOR / us can answer a message with an- other typed-up message. In many ways, what we are doing is merely writing letters to each other, but instead of sending pieces of paper in an envelope, we are sending coded impulses through telephone connections. Some kind of electronic storage device has re- placed the rows of boxes and slots at the post office. A shrewd observer of our cul- ture recently noted that the emerg- ing popularity of e-mail was helping lead Americans back to becoming a more literate society. For many peo- ple, e-mail provides a new or renewed opportunity to express themselves with written words. We may not be "taking pen in hand" but the chance to choose the perfect word to express our- selves is certainly part of the pleasure of sending e-mail. Or maybe, if we rush, a less-than-perfect word will have to do. I know a man who says he checks to see if he and waiting has any e-marl at least three or four time s: "talking" is not the correct word for then "listening" is not the correct it w but "listening" certainly helps gerness. I guess that is why we say we from you" -- even when we mean we are a letter. Waiting is one of the of communication. It is also what like a prayer. You write a letter, or compose a spell out what you want to say. You and you wonder if anyone will make trieve your words, to listen to your perfect or maybe even, your very Will anyone hear your hopes, fears, your thankfulness, your an answer? This morning? Today? Answers only come to those who check their mailboxes to any messages. "--- Washington Letter Tax time: Bringing good news for low income working By NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- As the April 15 deadline for 1993 income taxes looms, Catholic and community groups are scurrying to get some good tax news out to the 15 million working parents eligible for the earned income tax credit. The good news is that they could receive up to $2,364 back from the federal government through the credit, even if the worker in the family did not make enough to have any taxes withheld. Free help in filling out their tax forms also is available. =The earned income credit can help working ,parents buried under bills get ou from under them," said Scott Baran- cik, coordinator of the 1994 Earned Income Credit Cam- paign, a project of the Wash- ington-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. "It can make a real differ- ence in their lives," he added. =But it only works if parents know about it and how to claim it." The campaign, now in its sixth year, involves hundreds of business, labor, advocacy, TheMESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville P Weekly except lut week in Dem W the Cmthc4 Press of Evansv#le PonUanaw ......................... PBo Caon ................................. J Hous .................................... P N St * ........... : ............... Mm  Hus Box 4169, Evansvi, IN 47724-0169 SubScription rate: $15.00 per year r Copy Price: $.50 EnterKI as 2r1 class matter at the post office in Evansville, IN 47701. Pubttca- tkm number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Offce of Pubticatn  t994 Cad Press cd Evamvb community and religious But the statistics show a bad groups, as well as dozens of situation getting worse. Ac- governors, mayors and state cording to a Census Bureau re- and local government agencies, port released March 31, nearly The U.S. Catholic Confer- one out of five of the nation's ence, a member of the cam- 81 million year-round, full- paign, has long supported the time workers earned less than earned income credit and lob- $13,091 per year in 1992 -- a bled in Congress for an expan- 50 percent increase over the 12 sion and simplification of the percent who had low earnings credit that will affect next in 1979. year's taxes. But it has done so That level of earnings puts with some mixed feelings, ac- workers at least 8 percent cording to Tom Shellabarger, below the federal poverty level, USCC policy adviser on urban the Census Bureau said. And issues, for young workers, the news "The problem is that al- was even more grim. The pro- though we have always sup- portion of full-time workers ported the credit as a way of aged 18 to 34 who had low helping low-income folks, it's earnings in 1992 was more really the responsibility of em- than double the percentage in ployers to pay a living wage," 1979. Shellabarger said in an inter- "Since Pope Leo XIII, the view. church has said people have With the credit, "society is the right to a living wage," saying that the employer is Shellabarger said, "and he also paying so little that we have to said that people cannot negoti- subsidize that," he added. "But ate away that right by saying what the church says is that a that they will work for less." person working full time Pope Leo reigned from 1878 to should be able to support a 1903. family" without a government But until the church subsidy, achieves its social justice ideal Turning Catholic schools into private schools To the editor:, nuns to our children. My husband and I tithe be- I have been reading in the cause we have a school and I Message of the meetings being want us to keep it. If all our held to determine how to pay Catholics would tithe, we'd and what kind of insurance for our church employees, have the problem solved, but not all will. Back in the sixties, when my children went to Catholic So the reason for this letter: school, our precious teaching Has there been any thought nuns got a salary of $600 a about turning our schools into year and no insurance. But private schools? I think we'd now in the nineties, we are have to turn them away. So talking salaries that can corn- many would be interested be- pete with regular schools for us cause we still have good moral to have quality teachers in our schools. Many parents are dis- Catholic schools, as we should have. gusted with public schools and The biggest financial burden all the immorality. is our schools. They have been This is probably very centre- the backbone of our faith be- versial. Just an idea. cause Mass was a daily thing Gloria Paul and faith was taught by our Cynthiana of every worker receiving a liv- ing wage, the earned income tax credit serves as a stopgap measure for the poor. Families in which a parent worked full or part time in 1993 and earned less than $23,050 are eligible for the credit. Both married and single parents can get the earned in- come credit. Even if the worker did not earn enough to owe federal in- come tax, he or she is eligible for the credit. Th e money owed the worker can even be put in his or her paycheck each week throughout the year, using the advance payment option. To get the earned income credit, eral income form 1040 form "short foi'm." attach they compute 1 due. Each gible earned they 1040EZ. their credit sional tax plete their help is trained Volunteer See Bishop's s The following activities and events schedule of Bishop Gerald A. 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