Friday December 6, 2013
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Yes. There is a great documentary on dying with dignity. Everyone needs to see it before pooh-poohing it. It is called "How to Die in Oregon."
I don't really care what others may decide to do...I stay out of their choices. It is an INDIVIDUAL decision. Each individual person's choice.
"How can we in good conscience punish someone for taking the life of another all the while looking the other way while women are permitted, by law to do that very same thing simply by choice and there be no legal punishment what so ever. Don't want to be an accessory to murder via abortion, don't conceive in the first place. Put the value of human life back in it's proper place."
Seriously? It isn't the same thing at all. An aborted fetus isn't the same as you killing somebody because you want their car or whatever. And don't blame just the women...men need to step up and take responsibility also. Besides, seems to me that if a person hasn't personally been involved in abortion, he/she can't possibly understand that the decision is not as simple and as easy as you write in your essay above.
"So as a people, we have through choice, so cheapened and devalued human life, that any of it only exists or is any consequence as long as it is convenient/acceptable to the society at large."
Tell that to someone with ALS or late stage cancer. Why is it not their right to die with dignity in the manner of their choosing?
These choices are not simple. They are very personal. You cannot possibly fathom what each individual has gone through to make such decisions. Thank God they can make their own decisions on what is best for them and not what someone who doesn't know them thinks is best.
Mandatory sterilization wouldn't fly in this country, however, offering free sterilization to those who have children they did not want might be an answer. Of course, there are those who won't want their tax money used for such a purpose. They'd rather use their taxes to pay for the child's upbringing, medical and educational expenses, than pay for common sense.
"...If you object to abortion, you pony up the cost of safe hospital childbirth and raising and educating a child from birth to a responsible, productive, honest adult. Every single one of them. If you can't do that, you have no right to call yourselves "Pro-Life."
Amen to that!
Hey, what's wrong with being a hippie?!
I find Mr. Collins' letters thoughtful on the various topics. Rants? Not at all.
A very simple search of the word "statistics" on ADOT's website pulls up all kinds of info... Gives several years worth, but only to 2011 - 19 killed in 18 Gila County crashes. So, yeah, though I didn't check 2009-2011, 36 sounds right.
My thoughts on your thoughts...
Good idea about sending the "name calling" letters back to the writers. If they wish to resubmit, they can. (Do the same with the ones not based on fact, if you can. A sticky point, I know.)
Many letters (and posts) seem to ramble on a bit. If you have several letters come in making the same point, why not edit them and print the comments actually pertinent to the point and run them all consecutively? You would save space for other letters and hopefully pacify the letter writers with the same point of view.
Speaking to that - why don't you edit the letters you receive anyway as it your right as Editor?
The back and forth - "strange and bizarre tirades" - that really is a source of constant amusement for me. Don't mind it, except that it leaves less space for other topics.
If you quit running letters that pertain to national issues, how can you continue to publish op-ed cartoons on national topics, for example? By not publishing certain topics, you digress in to a form of censorship. Unless you make that a clear policy, I suppose.
I would prefer you do not limit folks to one letter per month, as long as the letters follow your policy.
Most people are just sick and tired of the bashing, name calling, etc. and want some actual thoughtful discourse.
My final thought - I don't know how your Publisher feels about all of this, but, IMO, I hope he steps up also.
Don, I read the first few sentences of your reply (above) and gave up.
I know the definition of "opinion" and I know that of "fact." Even if the facts are dispensed by trusted (not newspaper letter writers) sources, I make a point to check facts before accepting them as truth & then offering those facts. I don't use "facts" from talk radio or talk TV or the internet message boards without doing the homework. I don't post a message unless I have checked. Weird, but just the way I am. I wish everyone else would do the same, but if wishes were horses...I be broke buying hay!
As you say to Ted (above) "Blah blah blah. All words, just words"
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