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 160 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 22th year, and we perform at Joe's Pub - The Public Theater and Lincoln Center in New York City.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Stay Classy

I was inspired to play off of some some recent Donald Trump tweets where he throws out an insult but then insists he would not say such a thing. The Daily News published an edited version of my letter on February 8, 2016. Here's the original version:

"I was going to say that Donald Trump is a narcissistic bigot interested only in seeing his name emblazoned on the White House, but I won't say it. I won't say it. But it's true. I'd like to use foul language and say he's a f-ing, pompous windbag whose cynicism for the intelligence of Americans is only eclipsed by his vanity, but I won't. No, it's true, but I just won't say that. And by not saying that, I have thankfully preserved my understated and statesmanlike demeanor."

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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." 


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.