Updated: March 23, 2013 6:11AM
Value of marriage seen in whatever form it takes
There have been numerous letters to the editor recently regarding “gay” marriage, also known as “marriage equality.” Thank you to the Senate members who voted in favor of marriage equality. HB 110 will now be voted on in the Illinois House.
I would like to call attention to House members of both parties a statement made by Ted Olson, former solicitor-general under President George W. Bush, who is now arguing in favor of marriage equality before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2010, Olson stated the following:
“Many of my fellow conservatives have an almost knee-jerk hostility toward gay marriage. This does not make sense, because same-sex unions promote the values conservatives prize. Marriage is one of the basic building blocks of our neighborhoods and our nation. At its best, it is a stable bond between two individuals who work to create a loving household and a social and economic partnership. We encourage couples to marry because the commitments they make to one another provide benefits not only to themselves but also to their families and communities ... .
“The fact that individuals who happen to be gay want to share in this vital social institution is evident that conservative ideals enjoy widespread acceptance. Conservatives should celebrate this, rather than lament it.” (Newsweek, Jan. 8, 2010)
In closing, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez both have refused to defend the ban on same-sex marriage, saying it violates the state Constitution.
Frank Napolitano needed on school board for District U46
The upcoming U46 board elections present a very important opportunity for the voters of this district.
Over the past several years, the board has been merely a rubber stamp of the superintendent. This has been complicated by the fact that the board was dominated by both educators and retired educators. There has been little balance in fiscal and business acumen to address budget and capital expense issues.
Ultimately, the solution has been raise property taxes for whatever whim or newly created position the superintendent asked for. When 70 percent of your real estate tax bill is driven by our school district, a better sense of cost efficiency is needed.
A great first step is elect Frank Napolitano to the board this April. Frank has been a Bartlett Village Board member and understands clearly the needed balance between cost and excellence in education. I fully support and endorse Frank for the U46 school board.
Howard Krick an asset to Hanover Township board
I am writing to support Howard Krick for Hanover Township trustee in the April 9 Consolidated Election.
I am the tax collector at Hanover Township. It’s not a paid position and has no formal duties, as Cook County collects taxes. But as a board member, I have a firsthand view of how the township board functions and can attest to Howard’s dedicated service to the township residents. During the last 14 years, I have had the pleasure of volunteering with Howard for countless community events such a school functions, fundraisers, parades, peanut days, and so on.
In all the years I have known Howard, he has always given everything he can to his family and to his community. Howard is a stand-up guy who is not at all afraid to make sure the right things are done for those he cares about. And since he served as a Streamwood Park District Commissioner for five years, and is currently serving Hanover Township as a trustee for the past four years, I think it is safe to say the people he cares about are the people who live in our community.
Howard is definitely the person we need in office because of his commitment, and the passion he has for the residents and his community. He is truly an asset to us all.
Frank T. Liquori
Hanover Township collector