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Updated: June 29, 2013 6:02AM



Save the word marriage for union of a man and a woman

According to Stanley Holmes’ latest letter, Marriage has no meaning beyond a legal contract between any two people. He disagrees that traditional marriage deserves a special status in society. He scoffs at the Book of Genesis and the story of Adam and Eve in either a literal interpretation or as an allegory that imparts wisdom through its narrative.

As far as I’m concerned, I’m glad that the story of Adam and Eve wasn’t the story of Adam and Irv. If it were, humankind would not have survived to the first generation and we wouldn’t be here to debate the meaning of marriage.

But don’t get me wrong. I wouldn’t object if two people of the same sex want to set up a legal partnership. I don’t even care if a group of people want to establish a household corporation. I’ll leave it up to the will of the people and the individual state legislatures to adopt it and to codify any financial advantages and corresponding responsibilities of those ventures. I’ll leave it up to the progressives like Stan to come up with a politically correct name for these sexual mergers.

The one caveat that I would have is that they can’t use “Marriage” as the term for it. That word is already taken.

Gary Ziolkowski

Crown Point

Help stop climate change by
eating fewer meat products

A review of 12,000 papers on climate change, in the May 15th issue of “Environmental Research Letters,” found that 97 percent of scientists attribute climate change to human activities. Although we’re unlikely to reverse climate change, we can mitigate its effects by reducing our driving, energy use and meat consumption.

Yes, meat consumption. A 2006 U.N. report estimated that meat consumption accounts for 18 percent of man-made greenhouse gases. A 2009 article in the respected World Watch magazine suggested that it may be closer to 50 percent.

Carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas, is generated by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to confine, feed, transport, and slaughter animals. The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are discharged from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively.

Each of us has the power to reduce the devastating effects of climate change every time we eat. Our local supermarket offers a rich variety of soy-based lunch meats, hotdogs, veggie burgers and soy and nut-based dairy products, as well as an ample selection of vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts. Product lists, easy recipes, and transition tips are at www.livevegan.org.

Milton Shipley

Merrillville



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