Recently I read an article in the NY Times concerning "Aid In Dying." As I've gotten older I have been thinking about this. I was gratified to read the following: "In January, a district court in New Mexico authorized doctors to provide lethal prescriptions and declared a constitutional rignt for 'a competent terminal patient to choose aid indying.' Last May, the Vermont Legislature passed a law permitting it, joining Montana, Oregon and Washington. This spring, advocates are strongly promoting 'death with dignity' bills in Connecticut and other states."
We are living longer and longer, susceptible to all kinds of devastating condtions, terrible burdens to caretakers and society. Many have loss of personhood, incapable of loving and recognizing love and are only existing with a heartbeat. Yet we mercilessly keep them alive to suffer more indignities and helplessness. Shouldn't there be a legal way to help them depart this world with love and dignity and quietly "go home," wherever that is ?
I am fully aware of objections to this approach. It is illegal in Georgia to aid someone's demise. Personally, I have instructed my children to please not let me wallow in the throes of death to make me hang around another week, another month or whenever, if they find me in that state. Just gently and gracefully ease me out. There are many kind ways of doing it.
Georgia needs to follow the other states and legally allow this relief and suffering for the welfare of all.
Obama enemy of faith
The question "Should president Obama be impeached?" is a daily pop-up on the Internet. His promises on Obamacare, his unilateral 27 changes to that law, the Benghazi, NASA, and IRS scandals of targeting conservatives filing for 501(c) 4 status ("not even a smidgen of corruption") can be solved by a special council to search out the truth.
What is important to every citizen of this republic and should provoke horror, disdain and fear is his attack on our religious freedom, an inalienable right from God and protected by the First Amendment -- "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". Yet the Obamacare law mandates that employers provide for contraception, sterilization and abortifacients, a direct attack on the religious beliefs of the Catholic Church and many Protestants.
At a recent prayer breakfast, the President stated that "attacks on religious freedom lead to violence" and "diminishes their (attackers') own relationship with God." Mr. President, your administration funds abortion, and your mandate has resulted in over 90 lawsuits. The Little Sisters of the Poor, who have refused to sign a certificate of accommodation, have been granted an injunction against the fines of the mandate by the Supreme Court on religious grounds. Their case will be heard in March. You speak of religious freedom in foreign countries, yet you are attacking religious freedom in the home of the free and the brave. I thoroughly deplore your attack on religious freedom and I and my friends and acquaintances pray daily that through the grace od God you will remove this mandate from the law.
War in South Sudan
South Sudan separated from north Sudan and became independent in July 2011. The government is composed of President Salva Kiir, from the Dinka tribe, Vice President Riek Machar, from the Nuer tribe, and high officials from a number of tribes.
South Sudan has a long history of ethnic tensions between Dinka and Nuer, the two largest tribes. When South Sudan was fighting for independence, all tribes set their differences apart. But independence didn't necessarily bring with it a sense of belonging to a shared nation, and the citizens identify themselves by ethnicity rather than nationality.
President Kiir sacked Vice President Machar and fired his entire cabinet in July 2013. Viewed more as rivals than partners, Kiir believed Machar was going after his job.
Fighting began as a clash between army units loyal to Kiir and Machar. Warfare, often waged along ethnic lines, has displaced more than 864,000 peoplesince mid-December. So far tens of thousands of civilians and fighters from both sides have been killed. The UN estimates that 3.7 million people are in acute need for food and shelter.
Although both government and rebels agreed to a ceasefire on January 23, both sides have since accused each other of violations. The U.S. is urging removal of foreign fighters from neighboring Uganda and the Justice and Equality Movement of Darfur.
These atrocities were caused by two men: Kiir and Machar. These leaders should inspire their people to unite rather than divide.
Bradley Park Drive going toward River Road has three arrows showing where to turn onto Route 90 South. The first arrow is clearly marked wrong. If you follow that arrow you are driving head on into traffic coming off of Rt. 80 to get to Bradley Park Drive.
Do we have to wait for someone to get killed on that ramp, or could someone check it out before a death happens?
Today two cars went down the wrong way as I was driving by. All I saw was cars going into the grass to avoid an accident.
A can of spray paint applied to the first arrow would correct this situation.