Letters and Opinions

These are opinion pieces that I have had published in a variety of newspapers and magazines. I have been writing letters-to-the-editor since 2006, and have had over 150 published since then. I also play guitar and sing in a musical revue called The Loser's Lounge. With a cast of guest singers, we perform tributes to great songwriters and bands. The show is in its 20th year, and we perform at Joe's Pub - The Public Theater in New York City.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Fair Fight

A hunter dentist who killed a protected lion in Zimbabwe sparked world-wide condemnation. I took the opportunity to comment and take a jab at the National Rifle Association, and the Daily News printed my letter on August 1, 2015. 



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Sunday, July 05, 2015

Marriage Equality Is Still Common Sense The Next Day


Metro also printed my celebration of the Supreme Court's decision concerning marriage equality on June 29, 2015. Unfortunately, their headline gave away the punchline. Ah well...

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Marriage Equality Is Common Sense


The Daily News published my tribute to common sense on June 28, 2015. 



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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Did The Daily News Steal My Bill Cosby Quip?

I think The Daily News appropriated part of a letter-to-the-editor I sent on November 19, 2014 and used it, uncredited, for a headline on its Sunday Opinion page on November 23. It's possible someone else came up with the same idea as I did, but I can hardly be blamed for harboring some suspicions. Here's my letter (really more of a one-liner):

"I suppose the most generous characterization of the allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby is that they are a classic case of he said/she said she said she said she said she said she said she said she said she said she said she said she said she said she said she said." 

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Monday, May 12, 2014

The Thing To Fear: Beer Itself




This letter came to me while riding the subway, and the Daily News printed it on May 5, 2014. amNY also printed the letter on May 8, but for some reason edited out the last six words. I think the DN came up with a pretty clever title.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Bridge Over Troubled Christie


I was able to combine my opinion writing and musical abilities in this letter, published by the Daily News on March 29, 2014.

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Profiling Shawn Carter


The Daily News printed this letter on November 11, 2013.

An All-American Candidate


The Daily News published this letter on April 15, 2013. It's under the title "Second chances."

Let's See The Birth Certificate


Metro printed this letter on September 3, 2012.

Rationalizing A Massacre


Metro published this letter on July 24, 2012.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Anderson Cooper Is Gay. Big Deal.


On July 5 and 6, 2012 (respectively) the Daily News and Metro published my reaction Anderson Cooper's announcement that he is gay.  Metro printed an unedited version of the letter.


Trayvon Martin, American Tragedy

Metro published this letter with my reaction the the Trayvon Martin tragedy on April 13, 2012.