On Today’s Op Ed Piece in the NY Times

Good morning. I am privileged to have been asked to write an Op Ed piece for the NY Times concerning the ascendancy of David A. Paterson who will be sworn in as the nation’s first blind governor on Monday. You can follow this link to read the piece.

I wish that the Times hadn’t called the editorial “The Vision Thing” since I hate to be associated with George Herbert Walker Bush or his progeny. But they didn’t ask me.

Still, the success of David Paterson is something that all people with disabilities can celebrate!


Professor Stephen Kuusisto
Department of English
The University of Iowa
308 EPB
Iowa City, IA 52242


What It Means to be New York’s First Legally Blind Governor
Who Is David Paterson?
Read All About It!
Thanks Blue Girl
The Vision Thing Brigit Abstract
The first legally blind governor  Thanks Heather
David Paterson to Become First Legally Blind Governor of NY on Monday  Thanks Anne
Rhetoric about blindness begins in paterson coverage Thanks BA Haller
Kuusisto on David Paterson Thanks Ken
Building the Internal World Thanks Jean Marie
Blind elected officials  Interesting! Thanks Penny
He’s Blind. I’m Deaf. What Do I Have in Common with New York State Governor David Paterson? Thanks David
NY Times Op Ed on David Paterson Thanks, Ruth

Author: skuusisto

Poet, Essayist, Blogger, Journalist, Memoirist, Disability Rights Advocate, Public Speaker, Professor, Syracuse University

0 thoughts on “On Today’s Op Ed Piece in the NY Times”

  1. Tossing a football around with a blind guy

    Way back when, in our days of youth and glory back in Iowa, Steve Kuusisto would sometimes come find me where I was holed up in my apartment and drag me outside to toss a football around. If you’re a visitor to Steve and his wife Connie’s blog, or if y…


  2. Outstanding essay. Superbly written and thought provoking. The title used by the NYT is not that bad.


  3. Headline is a little lame but it draws readers in to the first sentence and then you take over, Steve. You are then reappropriating authority on “vision” from GHWB; what could be better. And you educate us quickly and artlessly, as always. What an all-too-rare relief when power falls into the hands of those who are humble before it rather than those who are obsessed with it. I am excited for Mr.Paterson and for New York.
    Ken Weisner


  4. Hey Steve. Long time no see. Great piece in The Times. And don’t sweat the title the Times put on your essay — I liked it. It is not a phrase that flattered George HW.


  5. Terrific piece. I think the person writing the headlines was just at a loss on how to sum up some complex ideas quickly. At least there weren’t puns and stereotypes in the headline.


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