Letters to the Editor

  • Arts cuts hurt economy

    (The following open letter was sent from the members of the Wisconsin Arts Board to Gov. Scott Walker) As your citizen representatives to Wisconsin’s state arts agency and as business owners, employers, and employees in the nonprofit and public sectors, the 15 members of the Wisconsin Arts Board understand that big cuts to state spending are necessary to balance the upcoming biennial budget. We .... Read More
  • Mr. Speaker

    (The following letter was sent by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to Speaker of the House John Boehner.) Dear Mr. Speaker: The House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group voted this week by a 3-2 margin to direct the House General Counsel to initiate a legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act. As you know, the Democratic members of the BLAG voted against directing the House Counsel to initiate .... Read More
  • Still waiting

    Every minute of state-sanctioned discrimination is a minute too long. The California Supreme Court’s decision to put its own summer vacation plans before the lives of thousands of California families is an outrage, and it must not be allowed to stand.    Thousands of loving couples have waited decades for the chance to exercise their constitutionally protected right to the recognition .... Read More
  • Hate campaign

    It’s a modern day crusade – a waste of taxpayer money and motivated entirely by prejudice and hate. In the wake of President Obama’s brave stand against discrimination, my Republican colleagues did exactly as I’d hoped they wouldn’t. They mobilized in support of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and are preparing to appoint their own lawyer to make sure this discriminatory law remain.... Read More
  • The positive side of Marquette

    I am an openly gay adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School. I feel compelled to share with your readers that my experience at Marquette has been drastically different from the conclusion in your article that “LGBT faculty members … face a hostile atmosphere at Marquette.” I have had nothing but support from the law school administration in both classes that I teach at the school.... Read More
  • Immigration Equality wins record number of asylum cases

    Immigration Equality, a national organization that helps obtain asylum for individuals persecuted in their home country based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV-status, won a record 101 cases in 2010. An overwhelming number of those wins – 38 – were for clients from the Caribbean, with 28 of those for individuals from Jamaica. Other cases included 24 asylum seekers from Centra.... Read More
  • Don’t forget world youth

    In 2010 we saw long-overdue attention to the challenges facing young LGBT people. Tragically, this attention was prompted by the alarming number of youth suicides and well-publicized cases of anti-gay violence that captured media attention. These cases unfortunately represent the tip of the iceberg, particularly for youth of color and those mired in poverty. The rights to housing, education, secur.... Read More
  • Ridiculous claim

    Huh? I’m confused. I had to read your last editorial twice. You wrote, “Most of the measures proposed by Republicans are laughably obscure, including bills that allow off-duty police officers to carry guns in schools, eliminate Election Day voter registration (a thinly veiled strategy for suppressing black voter turnout.)” I’m curious how that works exactly? Do blacks not have the same opp.... Read More
  • Moral bankruptcy

    Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki announced he will argue before a federal judge that the archdiocese is bankrupt, although no judgments have been made against it, no debt declared and no trials scheduled. Declaring bankruptcy is an admission of guilt. Listecki will be saying to the federal judge, “We are going to be found guilty of fraud, so bail us out of all the damaging testimony and reco.... Read More
  • Military tribute

    I remember the first gay Pride I attended while in college. It was in Juneau Park at the time, and I was part of UWM’s Gay and Lesbian Community group – now a more expanded and inclusive resource center. There was a candle-lighting ceremony, with people from different aspects of LGBT life on the stage to start it off, pastors, professionals, activists and the like. I had the honor of represent.... Read More