"I was making light of a situation. I didn't realize how much weight was involved. There was no emotion behind the e-mail other than to make light of things. I feel really bad that it's out in the public and out of context." Justin Rubenstein, a member of the Issues Committee

"E-mail is a good way to discuss issues and opinions, but I do feel upset that one or two people's personal opinions were misconstrued as the opinions of the entire Issues Committee." Rashi Joshi, chairwoman of the Issues Committee

"Whether or not Justin (Rubenstein) steps down or is removed, I do think action should be taken. I have never been an advocate of political correctness. Is this an isolated event? No, I've gotten responses like this before. But the membership of the committee should be brought into question." Sukhmani Singh Khalsa