Rita E. Bell in her letter (July 21) is right on in decrying tax subsidy of Catholic higher education in Chicago. This is not the first time Loyola, which only recently was having financial problems, has benefited from the public coffers. When Dan Rostenkowski was in Congress (before he was sent to prison) he obtained a huge grant for Loyola, his alma mater, to build a gymnasium.

However, by lumping Northwestern with DePaul and Loyola, she seems to imply that Northwestern has a religious affiliation. It no longer does. It became un-Methodist several decades ago, after the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that it was not sectarian. NU then revised its charter to reflect that reality. The University of Chicago at one time was vaguely Baptist, but that tenuous affiliation disappeared not long after the university was established.

Charles-Gene McDaniel

Hyde Park