Letters and Opinions

These are opinion pieces that I have had published in a variety of newspapers and magazines.

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I am a musician, a writer, a husband, a father, and a civil servant. I have been writing letters-to-the-editor since 2006, and have had over 140 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 18th year and we perform at Joe's Pub - The Public Theater in NYC.

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.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Human Wi-Fi Hot Spots

The Daily News printed this letter concerning human wi-fi hot spots on March 16, 2012.

JFK Made Me Want To Puke

´╗┐Metro published my concerns about Rick Santorum's digestive system on February 29, 2012.

I wrote this op-ed in response to comments made by NH State Rep. Lynne Blankenbeker concerning abstinence and marriage during a legislative committee hearing on birth control. It was posted on gbmnews.com on February 18, 2012.
Opposition to marriage equality often includes the accusation that supporters want to "redefine" marriage by allowing gay couples to wed. Recently, New Hampshire State Rep. Lynne Blankenbeker (R-Concord) unveiled her own revised definition of marriage by encouraging couples to refrain froim sexual intercourse. Abstinence is, according to Rep. Blankenbeker, a sure-fire and cheap method of birth control.
Now let me get this straight. I get married to someone to whom I am intellectually and sexually attracted. We're not ready to have kids yet, so our best course of action is NOT TO HAVE SEX.
Rep. Blankenbeker, why did I get married in the first place?
The Republican State Representative did offer another alternative - condoms. Of course, condoms are not 100% effective, so if my wife and I want to ensure we avoid an unwanted pregnancy, our only course of action is, again, NOT TO HAVE SEX.
Now that's a redefinition of marriage if I ever heard one.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Metro published my letter concerning Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum's environmental theology as part of a trio of letters questioning his recent baffling statements. The date: February 23, 2012. The planet: Earth...

Rick Santorum accused President Obama of holding a "phony theology" that places the environment over humans. Somehow, it is insincere to the point of pretension to believe that our planet needs to be protected. Santorum may not intend to pillage the Earth of its bounty, but I am dismayed that he chooses to characterize the beliefs of those who do care about the planet and the possible negative effects human activity has upon it as phony.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I wrote this letter in response to a statement made by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney regarding the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that California's Proposition 8 prohibiting gay marriage was a violation of the 14th Amendment. Mr. Romney said "Today, unelected judges cast aside the will of the people of California." The article appeared in the Daily News, but I generalized the topic and Metro published my letter on February 10, 2012. I include here both the version printed in Metro (which I shortened to fit that paper's average size letter) and the original submitted to (but not published by) the Daily News.
The reason some decry the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling to overturn California's ban on gay marriage is the very reason to applaud the decision. The court reversed a voter referendum on same-sex marriage, and in doing so circumvented "the will of the people," according to some. However, I'm thankful that the court recognized that marriage equality is not a matter of personal opinion but is in fact a moral imperative.
The reason Mitt Romney decries the U.S. Court of Appeals ruling to overturn California's ban on gay marriage is the very reason to applaud the decision. Romney criticizes a court that "casts aside the will of the people" who voted against same-sex marriage. I can only be thankful that we have a judicial system that can ignore this "will" when issues of equality and justice are considered. In this case, the court recognized that marriage equality is not a matter of personal opinion but is in fact a moral imperative.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

God forgives Church Lady who stole a million dollars. How could I not write a letter about that? How could the Daily News not publish it on February 5, 2012?
I'm not surprised that Anita "The Church Lady" Collins is "at peace with God" following the discovery of her theft of over $1 million from the Archdiocese of New York. At this point, her relationship with her God is the only thing left she can manipulate.

Much has been made of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's statement that he is not "concerned about the very poor," but I saw something else in his quote. Metro published my observation on February 3, 2012.


While folks are upset that Mitt Romney stated he isn't "concerned about the very poor." I'm surprised there isn't more of an uproar that he isn't "concerned about the very rich" either. After all, his super PAC has raised almost $18 million from only 181 donors. I just hope Romney's plans to reduce or eliminate the corporate tax and capital gains rates will help smooth things over.

Monday, January 23, 2012

"Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich in 1999 asked his second wife for an 'open marriage' or a divorce at the same time he was giving speeches around the country on family and religious values, his former wife, Marianne, said Thursday."

I took Newt's advice, and Metro published the result on January 23, 2012.
Inspired by Newt Gingrich, I asked my wife to consider an open marriage, explaining that the arrangement is consistent with the family values embodied by eminent politicians. And as soon as I get out of the hospital, I'll be sure to express my gratitude to him.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

"Beyonce Knowles is taking heat for a new pale-skinned photo promoting her last album. The superstar singer was also airbrushed lighter in a 2008 ad. Some believe any amount of whitewashing sends a damaging message - and the star should know better by now." The Daily News printed my response on January 21, 2012.
Whether or not Beyonce intentionally allowed her skin to be lightened for some photo shoots, the debate alone over the possibility demonstrates the power we unfortunately invest in skin color. Beyonce should have the freedom to adapt her appearance as she sees fit, even if it may play into a damaging stereotype. It will always be within her power to make other statements with her appearance if she so chooses.

"NYPD cops in riot gear seized control of Zuccotti Park after an officer's hand was badly gashed by a protester, setting off a ruckus inside the Occupy Wall Street outpost. The rookie cop was slashed with a star-shaped piece of glass taken from a protester's Captain America costume."

Metro published my bemused response on November 21, 2011.
It is disappointing that the most publicized conflict during the recent escalated Wall Street protests has been with police officers and not with the greed-obsessed financial powers that inspired Occupy.

Metro published my first public comment concerning the current presidential election season on November 15, 2011. Unfortunately, enthusiasm was not one of the emotions I felt while writing this.
The 2012 presidential election seems to be shaping up to a contest between an incumbent who has disappointed many of his supporters and a challenger who is viewed favorably only when compared to his competitors.