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Forum: Same-sex marriage

Updated: February 19, 2013 2:27PM



I am writing to let you know that people are very concerned about the proposed law to make same-sex marriage legal in Illinois.

God instituted marriage between a man and a woman. It is not up to the state or any other government to define marriage.

If we want God’s blessings on our country again, we need to get back to the moral laws He instituted. We can love people without agreeing with, or approving of, their lifestyle choices. But we must not defy God’s moral law.

Beverley Houseworth

Crete

‘Fiscal cliff’ deal means more problems ahead

I can’t respect anyone who was involved in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations. Now, the bigger problems begin concerning cuts in spending. Republicans want to cut everything while Democrats want nothing cut.

A common-ground solution is a must, yet never attainable. Unemployment is a nagging problem. Because of that, many are flocking to apply for Supplemental Social Security for any perceived ailment as a source of income. There needs be means testing, regulation and enforcement to ferret out the phonies and malingerers. Waste, fraud and abuse are rampant.

The members of Congress not directly involved in the negotiations need to be focused like a laser on creating jobs! Starting with manufacturing, and everything else will fall right into place.

But we all know that won’t happen because we keep electing members of Congress who do little, which has led to Congress having a 12 percent public approval rating. What does that say about us for electing them?

Bob Pritchard

Hickory Hills

Need for vigilance

I’m writing regarding the Jan. 4 story on a Mokena woman, the ex-wife of pro basketball player Eddy Curry, being on trial for physically abusing their 10-year-old son.

Her lawyer argued that she had no record of child abuse and was simply punishing her son when she struck him repeatedly with a belt last April. In being questioned by the attorney, the boy said he was not afraid of his mother and knew she loved him.

A child abuser should not be acquitted of charges simply because he or she has no prior record of such behavior. And, of course, he loves her. That’s his mother. He doesn’t know that his mother shouldn’t beat him.

Domestic violence is not only physical, but psychological and emotional as well. Abusers thrive on creating drama, being controlling and always telling lies. That poor boy may need counseling for years.

Thankfully, employees at Silver Cross Hospital alerted police when they saw the child’s injuries. Most agencies don’t report domestic abusers.

Look at the children being injured or killed every day by members of their families. We, the people, must do a better job to help all victims of abuse and domestic violence.

Tina Collins

Frankfort



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