If one thing became clear from the torrent of reaction I received after my March 8 column, “A Whole New Meaning For Gay Life,” it is that the readership of this publication is as polarized as the population of this country as a whole.
There was a lot of negative reaction, of course, with people saying they were disgusted and outraged. And then there was positive reinforcement, along the lines of great stuff, give us more.
I invite you to see a sampling of these reactions on page 57 of this issue. These are among the ones that are printable. (Yes, many were not printable.)
I had hoped to include anonymous excerpts from the unprintable ones in this column to give you a feel for what it is like to be a lightning rod, in case youve never had the experience.
Unfortunately, technology demons made this impossible. Earlier this month our company e-mail system experienced an unprecedented meltdown, one of the effects of which was to eliminate all e-mail from the month of March.
I had very carefully saved the responses in a folder, never thinking they would come into harms way. Then, poof. (Come to think of it that may not be the best expression.) Then, gone, all gone. And while our crack tech support staff is still diligently trying to recover the month of March, hope is dwindling. So, next time Ill knowprint them out so you have the hard copies.
Nonetheless, I think its worth going over some of the main reactions as I remember them. One thing that outraged many people was my comment about President Bush. (No, Im not going to repeat it; go to the March 8 issue if youre interested.)
Some people supported the President on a Constitutional amendment that would effectively ban gay marriages. Others said politics or political comments have no place in an insurance publication.
I have to say I am mystified by comments like this. Insurance is a very political business in a very political world. To assume otherwise is simply to consign oneself to being the equivalent of the bubble boy on “Seinfeld.”