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.

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.

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.