Apology should be sincere, not smarmy, to be accepted

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the local Catholic school getting in a bit of hot water because it benched a young seventh-grade girl from playing basketball for speaking a few words in her traditional Menominee tongue. Keep in mind this was not a full dialogue, and the words she spoke could not be…

Being gay is not a prerequisite

I have an announcement for those of you who think it is so important for folks who are gay to make themselves known to others in the room—it’s not. Being gay is not a requirement for anything in life. It might be a part of many individuals, including myself, but it does not dictate my…

Walking the fine line between public art and public outrage

Public art can create all kinds of response. You might find it to be an amazing accentuation of the building, hallway or plaza it is in, or you might see it as so tacky that it shouldn’t be decorating a landfill, much less a public thoroughfare. Where I grew up in Arizona, there were not…

Pursuing the possibility of a place for pooches to play

Dogs are a man’s best friend. I know the one I have is a cherished companion. I adopted Toby almost a year and a half ago, and I can’t imagine life without him. Countless people have pets and love them dearly. I live in an apartment complex, so there’s only a limited area where I…

The road to marriage is paved with attorneys’ fees

It’s a simple thing that most folks take for granted, but for folks like me, it’s something that we’ve had to fight for. The excuses are myriad—it’s not natural; it will destroy the institution; it’s defined as something between a man and a woman. Yes, I’m talking about marriage. The Internet was all lit up…

Not understanding is no excuse for oppression

Words are a wonderful thing. They allow us to share so much of our lives with the rest of the world. Whether you’re saying “Good morning,” “Buenos dias,” “Bonjour,” or “’Sup?” you’re communicating and bringing people into your life. Communication usually works best when you can understand each other, but with dozens of languages in…

The firestorm over freedom of speech engulfs Shawano

In America, we try to preach tolerance and love for one another, but that is not always what we practice. We claim to be respectful of other viewpoints, but when the issue hits a little too close to home, who hasn’t wanted to shut the other side up? Shawano has recently been in the national…