Neal Boortz

On your trip through today, will you read every single word of every single column? Or will you take one literary taste here, another taste there, and try to cover as much ground as possible in the limited time you have? I’ll confess … I read so many news stories and so many opinion columns every day – both before and during my radio show – that I really don’t have time to digest every word and paragraph of every column. I’ll read enough to get the gist of the columnist’s thoughts, cherry pick a fact or two, and move on. I suspect many of you might do the same.

Now several months ago I generated a little puddin’ storm here about university student in Georgia named Jennifer. Jennifer was working on an advanced degree in counseling to pursue a career as a school counselor. The trouble started when she expressed the opinion that homosexuality was a choice – that homosexuals chose to be gay and that was simply that. While I’m sure her opinion cheered a lot of fundamentalist zealots, it turned out to be somewhat upsetting to university officials. As I remember the story, they demanded that she undergo some sort of sensitivity training about homosexuality if she wished to remain in that particular graduate program. I sided with the university. First … I didn’t like the idea of some young male student someday wandering into Jennifer’s own counseling office with doubts and concerns about his sexuality, only to be told: “Hey .. .this is a choice. You’re straight unless you chose to be a homosexual. Just choose to be straight and your problem is solved.” Second, I felt that the school had every right to protect the reputation of its counseling graduate program by weeding out candidates who harbor this “homosexuality is a choice” nonsense. Would a medical school tolerate a student who expressed a belief that babies are delivered by storks? If you believe that way, fine. But don’t expect don’t expect a university to be thrilled about its diploma hanging on the wall of someone pushing this “homosexuality is a choice” nonsense on young minds.

OK … let’s get to the meat of this here.

There’s a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington with whom I’ve had a somewhat friendly relationship for a number of years. His name is Michael Adams. The relationship between Adams and I changed drastically when I expressed my thoughts about Jennifer. At that point he turned on me with a vengeance. Here is a paragraph from a column Michael Adams published on last week. The column was titled “Eight Straight Suicides.” Read it … it was the fourth paragraph in the column … and tell me what you think about me when you’re done.

Neal Boortz

Neal Boortz, retired after 42 years in talk radio, shares his memoirs in the hilarious book “Maybe I Should Just Shut Up and Go Away” Now available in print and as an eBook from and