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Marriage gains

There has been a lot of reaction to the gay marriage issue, but only the gays seem to understand the issue.

The gays have been telling us that unmarried people have been systematically discriminated against, and this is the truth.



Our society and our government use the institution of marriage as the basis for social engineering. The tax code is not applied equally to married and non-married people.

Social Security benefits are available to spouses, not life partners. Spouses inherit their partner’s fortunes automatically.



Many companies include an employee’s spouse on the company insurance plan, either for free or at a reduced rate.

When someone is in the intensive care unit, many hospitals only allow immediate family members to see the patient.

In some cases a person may not be compelled to testify against their spouse.



Locally, Vail Resorts offers a free ski pass to an employee’s spouse.

The list goes on and on. Think about it and I’m sure you can come up with many more examples.

I remember that at the beginning of the Vietnam War, married men were exempt from the draft and marriage took on a new immediacy.

In the days of “Ozzie and Harriet,” “Father Knows Best,” and “Leave it to Beaver” – and before birth control and the sexual revolution – most of the benefits bestowed on married couples were intended to strengthen families. At that time married people had children.

As a single person I’m not sure I like being discriminated against, either. Why should DINKS (Double Income No Kids) receive special breaks? For that matter, why should I be taxed to send other people’s children to school?-

When some gays do the math, they may not choose to get hitched. They may pay more taxes if they file jointly and lose their earned income tax credit. Perhaps gays will join the conservatives and lobby to make the Bush administration’s call to permanently end the marriage penalty tax. I would assume that common law marriage laws would apply to gays, too. They may find that they have become married by accident. Or they may throw their lovers out on the street in order to avoid sharing their fortunes.-

The times are a changin’, but the rules put in place so many years ago are still in place. It may be a good thing that the gays have decided to rub our noses in this antiquated mess.

Our rules and laws need to be updated, but if we allow gays to marry without updating everything, we will be opening a Pandora’s Box. There would be a huge unpredictable shock to our society. The Social Security system is already facing collapse. Paying benefits to newly eligible gay partners would swamp the system overnight. The addition of millions of people to their spouses’ insurance plans would have devastating effects that would ripple through our economy.-It would be easier to continue to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. But being the revolutionary that I am, I’m all for doing away with years of social engineering and keeping the government out of the bedroom and out of my wallet, as well.

It must be remembered that the government cannot provide a benefit to one segment of our society without asking another segment to pay the bill, and it’s only human nature to want to be on the receiving end.

David Miller

Demand for ice

I’m a adult Bubble user who has some information that the Vail Recreation District may find useful.

Did you know that there are currently 12 adult hockey teams in the valley with over 200 players and the numbers are growing?

There are also numerous women’s hockey programs that all play in the valley.

Youth hockey requires a lot, if not all, of the premium ice times. Where does that leave the rest of us if there is only one rink in Vail? Our only option for practice time this winter was the Bubble and the earliest time would could book was after 8 p.m.

Can all of these programs really be consolidated to one rink? Maybe the Bubble isn’t the solution, but there is a need for a second sheet of ice in Vail. Breckenridge has two rinks.

Doesn’t Vail have a larger population?

Tony Ricca

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