Gay and happy
EDITOR: A recent letter to the editor stated that the "lifestyle" of gay people cannot make them "happy" ("Bishop's intentions," March 15). I am a gay man. I do not have a lifestyle, but I have had and still have a life.
My spouse and I met more than 20 years ago, and we have lived together in a committed and monogamous partnership ever since. When it became possible, we registered as domestic partners, and in 2008, the first year it was possible in California, we married.
If to be happy is to pursue a successful career, to build a home, to participate in the life of our community and our parish church, to enjoy the company of many friends, to be enmeshed in the lives of my spouse's three children, their spouses and our seven grandchildren, and to live in loving and supportive companionship with my spouse, then I have been and continue to be blessed by being happy.
I would ask the writer of that letter to open her eyes and see not the myth of other people's lifestyles but rather the truth of other people's lives.
DAVID W. BROWN
EDITOR: After the U.S. Supreme Court's disastrous decisions in the Citizens United and McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission cases, coupled with the fact that it even heard the Hobby Lobby case, in which it was argued that corporations have freedom of religion rights under our Constitution, I feel compelled to point out that if corporations are people, then shareholders are slave owners.
EDITOR: Regarding David Helvarg's commentary on the missing Malayasian Air jet ("Why we can't find Flight 370," Thursday): The loss of the plane is truly tragic. But a good point is made therein. We don't know much about the complexities of oceans.
A beach kid from San Diego, I am struck by the lack of understanding of our marine environment and its place in the ecosystem of our planet. As a kid, my first elementary science fair project was a wave machine, and I took part in a pilot project at the Naval Marine Laboratory studying sonar sense in dolphins. My dream as I started at UC San Diego: become an oceanographer.
We should all marvel at the ocean. Whatever your beliefs, it seems clear that our seas are rising. Reefs and islands are being submerged more frequently or disappearing. Coastal areas experience marine incursions during violent storm surges. There's heightened awareness of intense ocean energy and resulting wave height (read "The Wave" by Susan Casey). Locally, we witnessed condemnation and demolition of bluff-top homes at Gleason Beach after tides and surf eroded the cliff.
Support more funding of research and study of oceanography and marine sciences so that we can all become knowledgeable about the interconnectedness to our neighboring oceans.
A clear-cut tragedy
EDITOR: Thanks for Timothy Egan's column in Wednesday's paper ("Washington mudslide foretold.") My daughter lives in Arlington, Wash., and we have visited there many times. You find some of the most beautiful scenery in the entire world (next to Sonoma County, of course). Their world is green, green, green. The trees are truly magnificent.