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Time long past due for marriage equality

Russ Fox letter carrier for U.S. Postal Service prepares deliver mail WichitKan. Wednesday Feb. 6 2013. The U.S. Postal Service

Russ Fox, a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, prepares to deliver mail in Wichita, Kan., Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion annually, the financially struggling agency says. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Brian Corn) LOCAL TV OUT; MAGS OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT

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Updated: March 14, 2013 6:36AM



This Thursday will mark the first time in my life that I’ve been fortunate enough to have a girlfriend for Valentine’s Day. It’s no fun to be single on Valentine’s Day, but I can’t help but wonder how awful it must be to celebrate Valentine’s Day in silence with the person you love because they are the “wrong” gender by society’s expectations and our government’s laws. We fall in love with who we fall in love with. We don’t choose who we love or when we love them or why we love them; we just do. And to live in a society where we treat love and a commitment between two consenting adults as a commodity for only those who fit a certain paradigm is no longer appropriate. I urge our lawmakers and my fellow Illinoisans to support Senate Bill 10, which may finally pave the way for same-sex marriage in the State of Illinois. This Valentine’s Day, everyone deserves to be able to celebrate their love for their significant other fairly and equally in the eyes of the law.

Scott Presslak, Portage Park

GOP ruined the Postal Service

When the Sun-Times editorialized Sunday that Congress needed to do whatever it takes to make the Postal Service solvent, they missed the obvious: In 2006, Congress passed a law forcing USPS to fund its employees’ pensions 75 years in advance — before most are even born. It was a deliberate sabotage by Republicans, designed to gut the nation’s biggest remaining unionized work force. It’s working: Over one-fourth of those workers are already gone. But it’s hurting America, especially hard-hit rural areas. It’s important to note that without this law, the postal system would still be turning a profit. The remedy now isn’t to cut delivery — it’s to stop the bleeding by repealing this poison-pill law.

Tony Sterbenc,

Barrington

Words of wisdom on pension mess

As the Illinois state and local government pension debacle spirals downward, a paraphrase of a Winston Churchill quote came to mind: “ Never in history has so much been owed by so many to so few.”

Peter A. Quilici,

Skokie



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