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Forum: Question on the Electoral College

Updated: February 28, 2013 7:00AM



In his Forum letter Jan. 16, C.J. Koehler wrote that the Electoral College does not allow for “diversity of ideas.” I appreciate that viewpoint, but I’m just as concerned about another likely scenario that could be as egregious if the Electoral College were eliminated.

If we were to allow only the popular vote to determine the election, what would discourage the candidates from catering only to those states having the most voters? How well represented would the majority of states be, including those with the lowest number of voters?

True, a diversity of ideas would be better attained without the Electoral College, but at what price?

Steven Waller

Park Forest

Reading the mind of God

In her recent letter opposing same-sex marriage (Forum, Jan. 17), Beverley Houseworth claims to know the mind of God in writing that “God instituted marriage between a man and a woman.”

I assume that her source for this “knowledge” comes from the Bible, which is a book written by men who supposedly were inspired by God. That is a God, of course, whose very existence is unknown.

Houseworth also claims to know what will affect God’s blessings on our country, and that is to ban same-sex marriage. She erroneously alludes to homosexuality as a “lifestyle choice.” Experts and educated people know that one’s sexual orientation is neither a “lifestyle” nor a “choice.”

Under the proposed legislation in Illinois, no religious institution will be required to conduct a same-sex marriage, so there is absolutely no infringement on religious freedom, which is as it should be.

If there is a God, isn’t it possible that his moral law includes equal treatment for all, regardless of their sexuality?

Jeff Robertson

Orland Hills

Obama’s misplaced priority

It is strange that President Barack Obama is worried about our children’s and grandchildren’s futures when it comes to the climate, something he has very little power to change.

But he has no regard for their future when it comes to the record debt that he has accumulated during his first term — something that he has all the power in the world to control.

Jim Niemiec

Orland Hills

Had enough of Te’o story

Enough is enough. I am sick and tired of hearing about Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o’s pretend girlfriend.

What a waste of time and money on the media’s part. Don’t athletes get enough money and publicity as it is?

Here’s an idea: How about focusing that much media attention on our soldiers dying across the world, the fact that Illinois is a financial disgrace, why we keep voting in crooks as state legislators and the list goes on and on. Let’s get our priorities straight!

Lisa Pringle

Oak Forest



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