On July 17 I took the NYT to task. I was severely critical of an article by Robin Marantz Henig "A Real Life-or-Death Situation". I received a lot of email about my post. Some felt I was not fair to the Brooke Hopkins and his wife Peggy Battin. This was not my intent. My critique was aimed at the New York Times in general and the the way the article in question framed by Henig. I was not critiquing Hopkins or Battin and the way they coped with SCI. The disabled body, Brooke Hopkins body and by extension disabled bodies, as depicted by Henig was demeaning in the extreme. I fired off a blistering email to Henig and to her credit she replied and apologized for the way the body was described in her article. I accepted her apology. I do not think she did this on purpose. As the comments following my post noted, many people missed the demeaning description of the disabled body.
A few days ago I received an email from Joh Kelly, a fellow Not Dead Yet board member and director of Second Thoughts. Kelly is a sharp guy and spear headed the opposition to assisted suicide legislation in MA. He took creative liberties with Henig's NYT article and wrote the following poem. Thanks go to John for letting me post this.