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.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Metro published this letter on October 10, 2011.
Two American icons passed away on October 5. Steve Jobs is being widely andf rightfully celebrated for his influence on culture and technology. But deserving of equal attention is the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a fearless leader and participant in the civil rights movement. His contribution to the present cultural fabric and moral compass of this country is vast and redeeming. Mr. Jobs may have altered the way we communicate, but the Rev. Shuttlesworth helped change the way we treat each other.

Metro printed this letter on August 1, 2011.


I am an atheist, and I am very disappointed in the group American Atheists for opposing the inclusion of a surviving section of beams in a 9/11 museum because the structure has been associated with a Christian cross. This remnant was not constructed to be a religious symbol and is in fact an appropriate document of the tragedy and the reactions it caused. Unfortunately, in choosing this battle, the members of American Atheists seem, ironically, more like religious extremists.