Here is what I have:
To get around this.. use application level parameters within you web.xml file as follows:
Place this xml code within the <web-app> tags in your web.xml.. but not within the <servlet> tags.
repeat for as many as you need...
Then, to read them out in your JSP use the following code:
ServletContext context = getServletContext();
String myValue = context.getInitParameter("theName");
Application level parameters are accessable via the servlet or jsp... and are global to all your applications.