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Wednesday
Jan092013

One Resolution Bites The Dust

Less than ten days into the year, I've already failed on one of my 12 resolutions which I posted here last week.

Oh well, as I noted at the time, resolutions are meant to be more fun than serious, and this was one I wasn't particularly wedded to.

Remember, having given up my TV show back in November, I decided to swear off all TV for the year.

Well, that didn't last long, but here's the interesting thing.

It's an issue I never expected to trip me up and "force" me onto TV albeit ever so briefly.

No, it's not on the death penalty or marijuana or even speed limits.

Apparently, WBIN-TV reporter Carolyn Choate saw my bill (LSR is the term used) "relative to regulating alkaline hydrolysis for the disposal of human remains" and wanted to do a story on it.

Who am I to tell the media what to focus on, so without even knowing she wanted an on-camera interview, I agreed to talk with her.

Imagine what a clumsy situation when I tried to explain a rather inexplicable New Years resolution to her.  Needless to say, I gave up and said, "Okay, turn on the camera".

Plus, ever cognizant of the virtue of the 10 second sound bite, I had a phrase in mind which I knew would sell on TV even more than on the printed page.

This bill, which I knew nothing about until a few years ago, failed on the House floor by the slmmest of margins.  It was sponsored by Manchester Senator Betsi DeVries and Representative Pat Long at the request of a funeral home owner.  It involves a new means of disposing of human remains which has been approved in a half dozen or more states in the interim.

I was dumbfounded that it would fail to be approved here, so I refiled it this year...and here's the sound bite.

"As a libertarian, I believe government should, to the greatest extent possible, leave us alone while we're alive, so government should certainly have no business telling us what to do with our bodies once we're dead."

As to the science of the bill, hey, I'm not a scientist.  I don't know how this alkaline hydolysis works any more than I know how these words go out to the universe when I press the send key.  Just as I wouldn't stop emails or the internet for lack of personal knowledge, I am convinced society has no right to prevent this means of bodily disposal simply because I can't explain it.

It may well be better than cremation,--more environmentally sound and all--and that's an acceptable method of disposal, one which I personally might choose.  But then as always, it's not about me.  It's about you having the choice to do what you want with your body, whether you're alive or dead.

Apparently reporter Choate agrees.

Although I slipped and agreed to appear on camera, it's only for a few seconds, not a full hour or even a few minutes...so the resolution is not totally broken.

Is it?

I guess that depends on what the definition of "is" is.

Oh by the way, I recommend the WBIN News at 10; it provides a different perspective and is easy to take; I find myself turning to it more and more.  I can't wait to see what I said about alkaline hydrolysis.

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Reader Comments (1)

Seem like this is another "state marriage" business issue. Why is the State involved, so long as people aren't throwing corpses onto public venues? What's so wrong about the Cree method of hoisting the carcass up onto a wooden rack to feed the ravens, and going up to the spirit in the sky? Two birds, one stone.
– C. dog flushing chickens from their roosts
January 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterC. dog

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