Updated: April 14, 2013 6:48AM
News reports indicate that state Rep. Chris DeLuca (D-Chicago Heights) may hold the deciding vote in the House for the marriage equality bill. I encourage him to vote in favor of this legislation.
When change happens for the right reasons, many people benefit. I sat on the sidelines of equality for same-sex relationships, marriage and adoption for a long time until it hit me right in the forehead.
To say that things have changed in a very short time is an understatement. In the past three years, I was asked to make a wedding toast at a high school friend’s marriage to her partner, my niece came out and is now engaged to her partner and the son of a dear friend asked me for his support in this cause.
I’ve had conversations with my youngest daughter about this bill and have had to explain to her that some people think Therese and Sara Lynn’s marriage is different than mine to her mom. Luckily, my daughter is 17, knows gay people, has a gay cousin, is mature enough to understand and supports this bill as well.
Rep. DeLuca, you have the opportunity to be part of a change that is special, important and will benefit many people, straight and gay.
Larry J. Kane
March 10 to 16 is Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide effort to call attention to transparency in government and freedom of information. It is a reminder to us about how important it is to make our voices heard all year long, not just on Election Day.
We all have the right to know what our government is doing, both its successes and failures. Exercising our right to know gives us, the public, power. It allows us to contribute to our government and hold elected officials accountable.
But these laws are only as good as we demand that they be. For decades, members of the League of Women Voters nationwide have acted as government watchdogs at the federal, state and local levels.
Our chapter monitors Homewood and Flossmoor, studying their budgets, attending their public meetings and holding their officials accountable. Make your voice heard and join us in keeping Homewood and Flossmoor healthy, vibrant and strong communities for all.
Homewood-Flossmoor Area League of Women Voters
The stories on Gov. Pat Quinn targeting corporate tax loopholes during the 2013-14 fiscal year to raise revenue for the state boils my blood.
Why does the state have a loophole for a corporation that produces goods outside the state, allowing the company to shield any portion of its income from taxation by the state?
We have people out of work, the state has about $9 billion in unpaid bills and a roughly $96 billion long-term pension liability — and we are giving away tax loopholes.
The American landscape
The elections now over and all through this land,
Washington is frozen, each party making its stand.
Blaming each other for the result of their acts,
Why can’t they admit, they’re for big government and tax?
The president campaigned on hope, change, and pride,
But the truth’s been revealed, and we know how he’s lied.
The national debt is obscene, lost jobs and big fears,
Increased health care costs and soldiers’ blood, sweat and tears.
Just no common sense or reasonable acts,
And most journalists today spout biased attacks.
Religion and faith are treated with disdain,
And tolerance is selective, creating more victims and pain.
This political correctness has gone way too far,
When our children can’t talk about the Christmas Star.
We must stop all these lawsuits, with handouts unfair,
Instead give our heroes their benefits and share.
Our door is wide open, there’s a path for the key,
But there are those who break in and steal from the free.
What’s to come of this nation if we don’t take a stand,
On the abuses and risks that are destroying this land?
Let’s dispel all these notions, make a morally sound plea,
So we may continue a course, one prosperous and free.
Use history as a lesson, and not take this fall,
Nations will crumble, no matter how tall.
May God restore America to greatness and bless this nation.