In response to "Blessing goes a little too far" (Jan. 12, Letters): I take exception to his stating that not all citizens of Stanislaus County are treated equally because Father Joseph Illo blessed some Stanislaus County vehicles after Mass.
This Mass is for all citizens and first responders, regardless of where they live and what their religious affiliations may be. At this annual Mass, there are first responders from every city, state and federal office in Stanislaus County, with numerous vehicles from every branch of emergency services, many not shown in the picture. First responders put their lives on the line for us every single day. The purpose of the Mass is to thank all of them for their excellent service to our community, nothing more.
founder of St. Joseph's
First Responders' Mass
Letters by Marilyn Fuzie and Christie Wharton on this subject appear at www.modbee.com/opinion.