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Updated: June 17, 2013 6:06AM



Marriage is a legal contract, and not just for liberals

Interesting letter from Mr. Ziolkowski regarding marriage — hate to break the news to you Gary but there are Republican conservatives who are GAY — some of those GAY Republicans would like to marry. It really is not a liberal progressive thing. It is not a political thing. It is a legal thing.

Because you and Adam and Eve think marriage is only between a man and a woman does not make it true. Marriage is a LEGAL contract between two people. In our culture it defines tax, inheritance, property, and many other issues. Just ask a divorce attorney. This “venerable institution” ends in divorce more than half the time. Maybe not so “venerable” huh?

I really don’t think you are a Neanderthal or a “hate filled bigot” because you do not agree with this position but if I were to agree with you we both would be wrong.

Here comes the bride, all dressed in a tuxedo.

Stanley Holmes

Winfield

We must look at end-of-life issues, not ‘Death Panels’

I read with interest “The time is now to talk about end-of-life decisions: (Our View, April 29). Being diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer creates a more urgent need to examine that idea.

Unfortunately, we are stuck with retrogressive legislatures at both the federal and state levels. Parts of the problem is the negative power of words like “death panels.” Even the organization called the Hemlock Society for many years has morphed its logo into the more acceptable “Compassion and Choices” organization. Oregon, along with several other states (not Indiana) has legalized assisted suicide, or death with dignity. Relatively few residents take advantage of the opportunity, but it is important that they have legal control of how they wish to spend their final days.

An important part of the equation for end-of-life care is having legal access to drugs (i.e. medical marijuana) shown to reduce pain and symptoms of MS, ALS, and cancer, as well as nausea and lack of appetite from chemotherapy. Oregon, along with 20 other states and D.C., has progressive legislators who attend to the comfort and rights of their constituents. I’m optimistically including Illinois, whose representatives passed HB 1, although the bill still needs to be passed by the Senate and signed by the governor. That’s further than a similar bill would get in our state.

Jay Steele

Leroy

If one does not treat illness, is it a terrible wrong?

If a person has a treatable illness and chooses not to be treated by ordinary means but rather chooses to let nature run its course and die of natural causes would they be committing suicide? For example: A person may choose not to have chemotherapy or a person with end stage kidney disease may not choose dialysis. If it would be considered a sin, would it be an unforgivable sin?

Vallrie McGill

Merrillville



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