E.J. Dionne Jr. raised a salient issue about morality in respect to the presidential campaign in his column "The Campaign's Moral Hole" (Oct. 8). He referenced the "Nuns on the Bus" as a pressure group with the mandate to remind voters of the ethical consequences associated with the November election. The members of Nuns on the Bus should be highly commended for their mission to keep the poor, the needy and the forgotten in the forefront of any political discussion or agenda.
All political candidates should be required to venture to Ellis Island to slowly read the memorable last lines of Emma Lazarus' poem "The New Colossus" on the base of the Statue of Liberty. These powerful verses emphatically announce to the world our acceptance, without reservation or restriction, of all the tired and poor suffering souls seeking the basics of life. Today's political candidates can learn an important lesson from the sisters riding a bus through Ohio.
Politicians see the poor, the needy and the forgotten as nothing but financial burdens on limited government budgets. But the Nuns on the Bus see something heavenly in an earthly world when they encounter the poor, the needy and the forgotten -- they see the face of Christ.
MICHAEL G. CALORIE