Forum: ‘Fiscal cliff’ reveals much
January 4, 2013 10:10PM
Updated: February 7, 2013 6:37AM
Now that Christmas is over, the religiously righteous politicians can safely turn their back on the basic tenets of Christianity by threatening to destroy the safety net of Social Security and Medicare that serve to help those in need.
Any compassion or concern for our neighbor must be driven out of our heads through the fear mongering of the political class that serves only the wealthy.
The false dichotomy constantly forced on us is that the only way for fiscal survival is to cut help for the poor to save the economy. That is patently false.
We cannot as a nation damage the aged, widows, orphans and the homeless to satisfy the demands of the obscenely comfortable.
Edward D. Juillard
Mental health care concerns
I have been reading Phil Kadner many years, and his Dec. 16 column (“Living in denial of national madness”) was right on the mark. I am a licensed clinical social worker and have been in practice for almost 25 years.
I understand that most people have little, if any, knowledge of depression, social anxiety, personality disorders and any other mental illness, but our society is limiting resources daily to help those who are in need.
I am nearing retirement (social work was my second career, after 20 years in research with the American Dental Association), and I am concerned for our country.
Through my career in social work at a private school and at a hospice, I have learned that as a society, we are becoming more self-absorbed and less able to listen, recognize and do something about those of our less-advantaged citizens who are in trouble.
Urges support for gay marriage
I have written to my state representative, Anthony DeLuca, and I hope all Illinois citizens will write to their representatives as soon as possible to implore them to vote for the Marriage Equality Act in Illinois, House Bill 5170.
As a 32-year resident of Flossmoor and now of Olympia Fields and as an elder in my church, I wholly support the prompt correction of this error in our society.
The gay friends in our church and throughout our community, state and country deserve the same rights to marry as do I.
Although the civil union laws were a beginning, they do not go nearly far enough and still restrict a portion of our population from having the same rights as I have.
God created us equal and our U.S. Constitution was designed to ensure that we were all to be treated equally. There is no moral ground for denying a human being the right to marry the person he or she loves.
Urge our legislators to do the same by voting for HB 5170.
Diane A. King