Keep an eye out for Sunday's American News. A colleague (Jim Seeber, who also writes columns for the American News) and I interviewed Aberdeen Police Chief Don Lanpher. He described in some detail the evidence that led investigators to conclude that Lewis's death was a suicide. We describe this evidence in our article, which should appear in Sunday's Viewpoints page.
UPDATE: Chad at CCK notes this heads up and gives us a plug. I am grateful. His concerns are widely shared, for which reason Jim Seeber and I took the steps that we did.
One reader posted this early comment to Chad's blog:
It is peculiar how the Chief of police in Aberdeen refused to answer the public's questions about the mysterious death (that he labeled as a suicide) of this gay professor in his 'press conference' last week, but now he is going to answer the questions of two NSU professors, at least one of whom has written columns in the local paper decrying gay marriage.
In turn I posted this comment:
I very much doubt whether Jim Seeber has written a column or columns "decrying gay marriage." I have not. I have written a column about the nature of marriage and raised doubts about some of the arguments made in favor of gay marriage. The point of the column was that marriage is not a goody to be distributed by the state to all who demand it loudly enough, but a set of obligations to be enforced by the state. "So long as that is kept in mind," I wrote, "gay marriage is worth thinking about." That is hardly "decrying" the proposal.
I am not shy about saying what I think, and if I was opposed to gay marriage I would say it. I am not, with the reservations noted above.
The column in question was published on March 14, 2004, in the American News.