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USD Cancels Visit Over Academic's Same-Sex Marriage Support

The church has every right to prohibit the sacrament of Matrimony to same-sex couples, but it has no jurisdiction over civil law concerning marriage. It's sad that this institution has denied intellectual discussion on this point. Un-inviting the speaker is insulting and disrespectful. What a loss to the students and the community!

November 3, 2012 at 5:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Roundtable: Navy/Broadway; Orchestra Nova; Bilbray/Peters; Lightner/Ellis

I have noticed that there is not much mention of the efforts to subvert the musicians' union in this matter. The contract has always been for the season, not by each performance separately. This smacks of "union-busting'. It is not practical to hire musicians for each new event. As well, the fact that the season is already sold out proves that Mr. Pak's opinion that theatrical behavior during a performance would invigorate the public's response is false. I am a professional pianist who teaches my students to treat the music with respect and dignity, not with clownish, exaggerated movements that detract from the beauty of the music. Most musicians I know also agree, and the public obviously agrees, given their response to this issue. There are better ways to enhance the popularity of classical music. How about supporting the arts in education? Just a thought!

October 20, 2012 at 4:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Extra Swim Class At City Heights YMCA Becomes Gender, Immigrant Issue

I don't see anything constructive or informative in using slurs against one's religion, race, or gender. This has been a fake controversy. I am surprised that KPBS has tolerated the obvious slams against these women and their needs under the guise of cultural debate. Religious bias vs. religious tolerance is not an equivalent debate.

July 16, 2012 at 3:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )