LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sun-generated electricity arrives in San Diego region

Today, an agreement was announced that will move our region toward its sustainability goals and bring tremendous benefit to San Diego’s clean technology industry, creating hundreds of jobs for our residents.

San Diego Gas & Electric has signed an agreement to purchase the power generated at a massive solar plant to be built in the Imperial County. This project will bring enough sun-generated electricity to the San Diego region to power more than 55,000 households.

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COMMENTARY: Join Canvass For A Cause’s call for action against Target

Big-box retailer Target, despite its progressive company policies toward its LGBT employees, continues to stick its foot in its corporate mouth when it comes to gay rights.

Today, Target sued San Diego-based Canvass For A Cause (CFAC) to stop its volunteers from speaking to customers entering and leaving its stores in California.

Court documents show that Target is afraid that its customers might think that the corporation is supportive of gay marriage, one of the various issues that CFAC supports in its petition drives and conversations with passers-by.

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COMMENTARY with VIDEO: It’s a breast, you boob!

Editor's note: Kit-Bacon Gressitt's commentary appears on her blog Excuse Me, I'm Writing and is republished by SDGLN, The Ocean Beach Rag and The Progressive Post. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize while working for the North County Times.

“They gotta learn some phone manners,” he said, angrily scrawling the address of his next fare. “They call me and then they’re talking to somebody else — in Spanish! — and I’m saying, ‘Hello, Fallbrook Taxi, Fallbrook Taxi, Fallbrook Taxi!’”

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COMMENTARY: Why the gay rainbow needs to embrace more colors of beauty

“No Fats, Femmes or Asians.”

All too often, that ominous alert appears in profiles on gay dating and matching web sites. It screams that the ideal of gay male attractiveness in America is not Asian, nor “Fat” nor “Femme.”

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COMMENTARY: When freedom of speech goes too far

This is America and we are guaranteed freedom of speech in the Bill of Rights.

Two significant court cases this week addressed this cherished freedom, and in both instances, the legal rulings inflicted widespread disgust by reasonable Americans.

In a much-publicized case, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with a lower court ruling that the despicable Westboro Baptist Church, a homophobic cult from Topeka, Kansas, has the right to picket military funerals, shout vulgarities at mourners attending services and wave placards reading “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God For Dead Soldiers.”

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COMMENTARY: Subsidized childcare breaks poverty cycle, so why cut it?

Subsidized childcare for low income families is supported in full or in part on a sliding scale basis by federal and state taxpayer dollars.

In San Diego County, subsidized childcare and child development programs include state funded preschools, CalWORKS, Head Start programs and a network of other alternative payment programs.

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COMMENTARY: The Rev. Peter Gomes became the accidental gay advocate

If during your tenure as a student at Harvard you did not encounter the Rev. Peter J. Gomes, you have not had the quintessential Harvard experience.

For undergraduates, if they were paying attention, Gomes bookended their four-year experience at Harvard with his welcoming remarks during orientation and his baccalaureate address at graduation.

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COMMENTARY: Syphilis screening missing the forest for the trees

Editor's note: The author does not work for a testing manufacturer, and has no conflict of interest. Kenneth Katz’s blog is published on RH Reality Check. Dr. Katz stresses that syphilis among gay men and other men who have sex with men has increased tremendously in the past decade in San Diego.

Advice for a new class of syphilis tests: Get new spin doctors.

MSNBC VIDEO: What a big week for gay rights!

MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts talks with Dan Stone of Newsweek about this week’s progress in gay rights.

They note that this week:

- President Obama appointed the first male and openly gay White House Social Secretary, Jeremy Bernard;

- Decided to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA);

- Maryland state Senate approves gay marriage;

- Hawaii governor signs bill that legalizes civil unions.

Roberts, incidentally, is openly gay.

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COMMENTARY: Budget-slashing is detrimental to HIV/AIDS fight

WASHINGTON -- HR 1, the Continuing Resolution that the House passed to fund the federal government for the balance of Fiscal Year 2011, is detrimental to the fight against HIV/AIDS in the United States, AIDS United said.

The organization strongly opposes HR 1, which calls for cutting spending by $61 billion below current spending levels, which are based on FY 2010 spending.

HR 1 imposes devastating spending cuts on life-saving federal health and poverty programs for our nation's most vulnerable populations, the group said.

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