SALINA, Kan. - This city is not the center of the universe. But it is a regional hub. And it's the place where recently an unlikely outcome, well, came out.
That is, the Salina City Commission voted 3-2 on May 14 to add lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people to its non-discrimination list. It and the death of our first, famous, woman astronaut have made our city and state an important universal, not just regional hub.
Sally Ride, astronaut and former spouse of Steve Hawley, the astronaut who claims Salina as his hometown, just came out -- in her obituary.
Ironies echo to the heavens. Sally Ride, the first woman to play a crucial role in our search for greater knowledge of the universe, was herself unknown in a basic personal sense. While she escaped the bounds of earth, our knowledge of her was buried under it. Sally Ride rode a rocket clean out of this world, but could not come out of the closet.