On April 17th, Bay Area columnists muse on gay marriage, pirates, steroids, and gay pirates on steroids (not really, but imagine the possibilities).

Is corporate sponsorship of Sunday Street events a necessary evil? Sounds like it. SFBG

David Kirp wonders if same sex marriage is still a generation away for most U.S. states. Chron

Should baseball players make a money-backed commitment to stay away from steroids?

Pirates are awesome in theory (and in the movie Hook), but not in reality. The U.S. should intervene to help stop Somalia’s piracy crisis. Chron

The government should give money to needy college students, not private banks. Chron

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