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Letters to the Editor, June 12, 2013

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Updated: July 13, 2013 6:04AM



Cold beer is the biggest issue facing Indiana? Come on!

The U.S. has a multitude of problems as well as the individual states, including Indiana. Yet here in Indiana the leading issue is “cold beer,” according to the opinion page in the Post-Tribune. Really, is this an life changing issue for the majority of the citizens in their daily lives?

In reality it is a campaign by a lobbing group to protect their advantage in the liquor sales market. This is probably the same group that opposed to Sunday sales of liquor in the Legislature! The reason then that this group probably opposed this law change was they would have to hire additional employees!

The suspicion is that this group is trying to keep their base of power and profit to themselves and stifle any completion from other businesses! The real question is will our elected representatives dispose of this unfriendly business lobbing group and deal with the major problems facing Indiana and really become a business friendly state.

Gerald E. Jawor

Hobart

Marriage for all is already a civil, not a religious, right

It seems that Gary Ziolkowski is in denial in his most recent pathetic attempt to define marriage. He denies he lives in a country with a federal Constitution that protects the separation of church and state. It matters not what any person says marriage is according to their narrow interpretation of the parts of the Bible they wish to believe, while disbelieving other parts. No religious argument against same-sex marriage is valid in the U.S.

To use any other term than “marriage” for same sex partners demeans them and rates their relationship as second class. With this as a precedent, many of the over 1,100 rights and benefits heterosexual married partners can be denied them. In other words, Mr. Ziolkowski and his archaic supporters basically want to legalize discrimination against gay people nationally.

It’s interesting that parts of the Bible were also taken out of context and used to ban interracial marriage in the U.S. for over 300 years. This ended in the U.S. Supreme Court Case Loving v. Virginia that was argued by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and won. Interracial marriage is legal in the U.S. and without the dire consequences its opponents predicted.

Fourteen other countries, including Canada and Mexico, have approved same sex marriage nationally since 2005 and the world has not come to an end in those countries. In the U.S., marriage is a legal contract between two people which is why this contract can only be broken in a court of law by a legal action called divorce. The U.S. is currently #1 in divorce, child abuse and infant mortality - so much for heterosexuals’ practices in honoring their view of family and marriage..

Yes, Mr. Ziolkowski, the term “marriage” is already taken to mean a legal union or partnership of two human beings. Marriage is a civil right not a religious right.

David D. Casson

Valparaiso



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