Well not me. I always want featured images. I usually spend more time looking for or making them than writing themselves.
But there are use cases where people want to write without them. Mo Pelzel asked for this recently, and I like Mo. So now, this theme features options for making header/featured images optional, or not even used (the same goes for the caption field).
This means, like this piece, there is no image published at the top. And on the front page, and in archives, it will just have a default grey background.
That, by the way, while an open licensed image, is atrocious!