Get out your hankies and read about poor Michael Schiavo here in the New York Times:
He is a nurse who works the graveyard shift, often pulling into his driveway as his neighbors walk their dogs in the moist Florida dawn. He has a meticulously kept yard, a screened-in pool where his friends sometimes gather, a golden retriever, a girlfriend and a year-old daughter.
‘My brother is a normal guy who this tragedy happened to,’ said Brian Schiavo, one of the four brothers with whom Mr. Schiavo shared an unremarkable childhood in Levittown, Pa., near Philadelphia.”
But because of the tragedy of Mr. Schiavo’s wife, Terri, 39, who suffered brain damage when she collapsed one night 13 years ago Mr. Schiavo is also at the center of one of the most debated court cases in the nation. He wants to remove her feeding tube, paving the way for her death against the wishes of her parents and supporters who have rallied to their cause.
For this, Mr. Schiavo, 40, has been depicted as a heartless fiend.
And it goes on like that.
The piece does have one revealing quote, from a friend of Mr. Schiavo’s named Russ Hyden: “He’s got ethics and values that most people don’t have, much less the strength to adhere to them.”
You said it, Russ. After all, how many people adhere to the ethics and values of (allegedly) trying to hasten their wife’s death so they can finally afford that trip to Europe?