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 24th year, and we perform at Joe's Pub - The Public Theater and Lincoln Center in New York City.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Brooklyn Paper featured my letter on May 29, 2009.

I enjoyed the photo of the newly married Brooklyn couple who took their wedding party on the 6 train after the ceremony (The Brooklyn Paper 5/15). Their marriage will always bear the special stamp of their unique personalities and union. But I couldn't help feeling disappointed that the duo could not also be a same-sex couple. Certainly a gay couple could make a similar scene on a subway train, but that pair could not get married and then cause a scene on the train. The fate of that scenario now rests with the New York State Senate. The Marriage Equality Bill has been rushed according to some, and the Senate does not appear to have sufficient support to pass the measure at present. But I remain hopeful that our state senators will see this bill as an opportunity to remind the nation that all citizens must be treated without bias under the law. Gay New Yorkers pay taxes and contribute to the state economy as do other law-abiding citizens, and their right to express love and commitment through the institution of marriage should not be abridged.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Daily News and amNY published this letter on May 15, 2009.

"It is about what I believe God wants," explained NY Assemblyman Dov Hikind in support of his stance against same-sex marriage. Of course, his god also professes "you shall not kill," and yet war and the resulting deaths are seen as justified in defense of our freedoms and safety. If an exception to God's will is made for killing, why would not the same allowance be made for a statement of love and commitment?