Ed Weisman: Naming Hadley calf for boy killed in bombing is ill-considered
To the editor:
I was deeply disturbed by the story and photo about the calf named in honor of bombing victim Martin Richard. Martin was killed just a week ago, his mother suffered a brain injury, his sister lost a leg.
While farmer Bruce Jenks’ heart is clearly in the right place, the Gazette’s decision to publish such a large photo of a smiling farmer with his delightful newborn calf reflects the larger problem we as a society make tragedy after tragedy.
Those with no immediate connection to the murdered rush for comfort through makeshift memorials and candlelight vigils. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I wonder if the victims would be better served if we instead sat with our individual discomfort for a while before naming livestock after a murdered little boy who at the time was not yet buried.