March 31st, 2005


I don't care if you agree with me.

I've stayed away from the Schiavo debate. I don't want anything to do with it. I have my own feelings about the specific situation, but the thing I feel most strongly about is that this never should have been the big public debacle that it was. I wish the press could have stepped aside and respected that it wasn't something that should be exploited. There are plenty of people who will disagree with me on that point. I'm not saying any government should have restricted their ability to write/talk about the case, I just wish that they could have exercised some basic courtesy and stepped aside.

I'm sorry to learn that Terri Schiavo died today. I'm sad for her and her family. I think the entire situation was a tragedy, start-to-finish.

Mostly, I'm sorry that this isn't over. The autopsy will happen. Every expert that thinks they can get some face time out of it will be on Dateline and CNN and whatever else saying why they're right and everyone else is wrong. Lawsuits will begin. Debates (very public debates) will continue to take place across the country.

The fact is, this is no longer the time for law suits. This is a time for her family to mourn and to heal. But it won't be.

By the way, anyone who wants to tell me I'm an idiot for thinking the press should have taken a chill pill or whatever... go ahead. But for the first time, I will be deleting (or at least screening) any such comments about my idiocy.
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