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As gay rights debate rages, civility should reign

Like a lot of issues, when it comes to gay rights we have to learn how to talk to each other without reducing debates to insults. Consider the comments on tampabay.com story about the protest at WFLA-Ch. 8 regarding its broadcast of a documentary on the "gay agenda."

The misguided show did little more than fuel hate, but calling the Bible a book of fairy tales or saying gays should be rounded up and put in a colony like lepers is not the answer. We gotta do better than that. ...

The city of Tampa can solve its impasse with the firefighter, police and laborers unions by convincing them that merit pay raises will result in layoffs.

The unions shouldn't sacrifice the jobs of some just to ensure others get raises — but the union bosses have to believe those are the only two possible outcomes. The faltering economy should win them over, but the unions won't easily concede. And they shouldn't. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: Republicans For Voldemort. ...

The next time someone tells me pro athletes make too much money, I'm going to point out that American Idol host Ryan Seacrest just signed a three-year, $45-million contract. Please. Seacrest can't even hit a curve. ...

Is it just me, or is someone else bothered by those Just For Men commercials that suggest if you have too much gray, you can't get a job? With unemployment over 10 percent, we have enough people worrying about how to make ends meet without having to buy hair coloring.

Women probably laugh, knowing their hair gets scrutinized earlier in life.

But if I sound like a self-conscious man with sprinkles of gray hair, you're reading this right. ...

That's all I'm saying.

As gay rights debate rages, civility should reign 07/16/09 [Last modified: Friday, July 17, 2009 12:38am]

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