Moving the needle
EDITOR: NBA athlete Jason Collins recently announced that he is gay. The reactions and support from others was very positive. Kobe Bryant wholeheartedly supported Collins’ decision to come out, along with many others.
For those who live in a fog of bias, Collins’ announcement somehow reflects badly on him. For open-minded people and for those with opening minds, this adds evidence to awakening America that being gay is a personal characteristic that, for Collins, has no bearing on what kind of person he is, who he was in the past, nor his skill, love and passion for basketball.
Collins didn’t chip away at the stereotype; he blew a significant hole in it. As such, other biased stereotypes of gays must be questioned. Should not gays have a fair shot at happiness in all fashions that straight people do, including marriage?
The support Collins is receiving shows the progress toward accepting gay athletes and moves us closer to the acceptance of legal gay marriage. Simply put, gay people are like any other people and deserve equality.
EDITOR: Am I the only one who wonders how electricity will get to Sonoma County from suppliers located in Texas, New Jersey, Canada, New York or Illinois (“Top bidders for power plan revealed,” Saturday)? If the electricity from any of those suppliers would just go onto the grid, what’s to prevent a Sonoma County resident from using electricity generated — horror of horrors — by PG&E?
EDITOR: Thank you for the April 29 article that discussed a small park associated with a major new development (“Coddingtown-area park heads to SR council”). The story unfortunately left out the fact that this out-of-state-developer has already cut down 24 heritage oak trees and will damage many others. The park, therefore, really represents an exchange of highly valuable trees for a patch of grass, more cars and buildings and a huge leakage of locally generated revenue.