Sunday, June 09, 2013

This is No Time for Politics

Argeo Paul Celucci died yesterday from complications of ALS. If you know anything about ALS, you know that it really doesn't matter who is stricken with this gruesome death sentence, it would be hard to justify that it was a fate they deserved; much less, their family and friends who also bear some of the burden of suffering.

For those of you who haven't read the story on the wire and/or are not from Massachusetts, you may not know that Argeo Paul Celucci server as governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1997-2001 before being appointed Ambassador to Canada by George W. Bush .

There's been a lot of talk about Celucci's political life and public service and while I suppose it's a natural turn for the conversation in some respects, the fact that t is politics easily subjects it to bias - and while bias may be appropriate in political speak, it is not in the case of a human being who died from a horrible disease.

The fact is, everyone can have an opinion on whether or not Celucci was a good or bad politician, nobody can deny that that from the moment he was diagnosed, the man Argeo Paul Celucci chose to send a very clear message and leave a real legacy that had nothing to do with politics. As an advocate and spokesperson, Celucci used his diminishing physical abilities to raise millions of dollars for ALS research and be a spokesperson for the disease.

The talk right now about Mr. Celucci, should be one of a respectful tone, may he rest in peace and may his family and friends find peace in their lives to carry on through this difficult loss for them.

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