Re "Pope embraces Marxism" (Letters, Dec. 3): In criticizing Pope Francis comments about the worlds economic inequality, letter writer John Costello praises capitalism for raising people to middle-class status all over the world. But I wonder if he has ever seen the dark side of capitalism, as displayed in West African plantations where malnourished and illiterate children harvest coffee and cotton that will be sold in American stores. Maybe he should go to Bangladesh and talk to the families of the 1,129 workers who were killed last April in the collapse of a textile factory. Maybe he should visit any of the billion people in the world who live on less than a dollar a day. Then, perhaps, he would understand the pope's words.
-- Michael Bolin, Folsom