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.

Monday, February 21, 2011

The story, as presented by the Daily News: Cops booted an unruly group of city teachers union officials from a posh Albany eatery after they caused a ruckus over their dinner tab. Paul Egan, the union's political and legislative director, set off the fracas - claiming the quail he was served, and finished, wasn't large enough. To hustle the scene-makers out of the dining room, restaurant managers reduced the bill for the group's prix fixe dinners before police escorted them out. My response was published in the Daily News Voice of the People on February 18, 2011.
While the behavior of United Federation of Teachers official Paul Egan may appear obnoxious, his boisterous complaints in an Albany eatery have actually suggested an effective method of saving money during these hard economic times ("Where's the beef?" Feb. 16). If he was successful in getting his bill reduced due to his vociferous protests, his strategy could be useful to those of us looking to save on dining expenses. Of course, there is a subtlety to the process that Egan neglected; the argument should stop short of necessitating police intervention.



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