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Letter to the Burlington Free Press: Assisted Suicide Law is Not Working, Should Be Repealed

Somehow we missed this good letter when it appeared in the Burlington Free Press last June. How can anyone say the law is working well when it hasn’t been used at all and when we don’t know where the lethal drugs that were obtained but not ingested are?  Unlike some earlier versions of the bill […]

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A Wrongful Death is a Wrongful Death: Letter in the Burlington Free Press

The Burlington Free Press today published the following excellent letter calling for the repeal of Act 39, the assisted suicide law.  Unfortunately there is also an article on the opinion page in favor of assisted suicide.  The link to the letter is http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/opinion/comment-debate/2014/07/30/repeal-physician-assisted-suicide-now/13334997/.  The link to the pro assisted article is http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/opinion/comment-debate/2014/07/30/people-end-life-choice/13335007/. Comments are urgently […]

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An Open Letter to Governor Pete Shumlin, published in the Burlington Free Press

  The letter in italics below appeared in the March 25 issue of the Burlington Free Press and can be read online at http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013303260001. Better way to show compassion Dear Gov. Shumlin, I am an 85-year-old Democrat who applauded your election and has approved of all you have done. However, I must question your reported […]

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Vermont is Better than Assisted Suicide

The article in italics  was in the Burlington Free Press on February 13 (http://http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20130214/OPINION02/302140013/1006/OPINION/Better-than-assisted-suicide)  . It remains as relevant as ever. Last December, 45-year-old deaf twins in Belgium were allowed to legally end their lives after learning they were also going blind. Neither was terminally ill or in physical pain at the time of their […]

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Kill the bill, not the citizens

This was in yesterday’s Rutland Herald: http://www.rutlandherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130131/OPINION02/701319973/0/SEARCH?template=printart Kill the bill, not the citizens I first encountered “death with dignity,” more appropriately termed physician-assisted suicide, legislation as a high school intern in the Vermont Statehouse and to this day remain strongly opposed to the legislative initiative. I explained to legislators at the time that I have […]

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Letter to the Bennington Banner: Support Senator Sears on this issue (Killing Assisted Suicide)

The letter below was published in today’s Bennington Banner. We agree wholeheartedly with its call to support Senator Sears. True Dignity does not, however,  support the letter-writer’s call for a referendum on assisted suicide. That would set off a year of ferocious campaigning on an issue that a May 2011 Gallup’s 2011 Values and Beliefs […]

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Praise for Senator Sears: a Great Letter to the Bennington Banner

Thursday March 22, 2012 http://www.benningtonbanner.com/letters/ci_20227178/letter-sears-did-right-thing Praise for Senator Sears Regarding Governor Shumlin’s comments concerning Senator Sears’ handling of the suicide bill: The governor is quoted as saying, “I’m always baffled by this conversation that it’s suicide.” Why be baffled? The bill itself uses the word “suicide.” I have always thought that if a person takes […]

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