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Sunday's Letters to the Editor

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

Occidental

Corporations' rights

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.

MIKE PETERS

Santa Rosa

Ocean science

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.

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