As requested by a commenter to this post from a few days ago, editor Howard Junker sent in the following response:
"Thanks for hungering for a response from me.
Actually, I was not alerted to your post until I did my usual Technorati search of blog mentions. When I tried to comment on your post, no window opened.
So, with regard to Roger D. Coleman's story, I published it because I liked it, which is the criterion I use for every piece. I found it strange in many ways, especially in its phrasing.
I chose to publish it as submitted, which is what many writers seem to want, because I did not think I could intervene in a small way without ruining the overall effect.
Yet I thought it only fair to let the reader know that this was a special case,an unedited story...for a reason.
I admire Coleman's courage and tenacity. Although his mind has been struck a grievous blow, he soldiers on. He continues to publish-some six or seven stories in the past year. Other editors obviously like his stuff, although I don't know whether they edit it or not.
I'm amazed that the "special snowflakes" on this blog (as we've been called) demand a response and get one. Ask and you shall receive. Also, I always end up kind of liking the charming Mr. Junker in the end, don't you?