Saturday March 8, 2014
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Tom, I am not opposed to granting a death request to a terminally ill adult. I would not allow children below 18 to make such a decision without parental approval. I do not think that doctors could be generalized. Some could deal with such proceedings and some could or would not. The right of personal choice is as it should be. A short vignette: my dearest friend was slowly dying of cancer. He told me that he asked his Doctor for assurance that he would not be allowed to die in pain. His Doctor said that all would be taken care of. I was in hospital at his final hours and noted that the Doctor watched the infusion machine carefully and when death was near he quietly told the nurse to increase the dose and then left the room. He returned to confirm the nurse's declaration of death. I do not know what was in the machine but I know that the doctor kept his word in a manner that was dignified and humane.
Mr. Naughton, I thank you for researching and giving me an answer. I was very upset that something that was relatively harmless would be removed and wanted to know who would do such a thing, if it was done. Now I know that it was not removed and that something else happened. I am a strong advocate of free speech (within limits) and jump to confront possible transgressions. Again, thank you !
The day after the State of the Union speech I posted a two or three line comment on that topic. The comment was snide and not complimentary to Obama but it contained no curse words or personal negatives. It basically noted that small things making lots of noise are still small things. The comment was not on that discussion for more than a day or two. Is the Roundup censoring? Why would the comment disappear? Is someone feeling politically correct to the point of censorship? .
Tom, I agree with Kim's remarks. I have taken only two cruises but felt reasonably safe on both trips. Within reason, I do recognize that safety is my responsibility more than that of the ship, or hotel or motel or travel agency. When I on the ship, I observed my rules of propriety: Know where I am. 2. Do not go where I do not feel comfortable and safe. 3 .Avoid persons or groups that do not appear to be acting properly.4. Avoid excessive alcohol. 5. Always know how to exit from my location. 5. Be suspicious of overly friendly people who are not known prior to the voyage.
Tom, ...just a perhaps strange little concept : animals do not have rights for humans. Come to think of it, we can not even treat other humans very well. Perhaps we should not issue rights for animals and concern ourselves with humans. Of course it is not that simple in that I believe that creatures are on a continuum of intelligence and many are a lot more cognizant than we appreciate. They should be treated with gentleness and compassion. I suggest that this is another case of someone attempting to legislate what ought to be common practice : treat everything with care.
Tom, I agree. If, for example, we do adopt the construct that to kill a human being is "Bad" we still have the discussions about what is a human being, etc. Many of us are now in a situation where "Do no harm to a human being." means nothing because there is no agreement on what "harm" is, or what "human being" is, and so on. Instead of searching for some common agreed-to "truth", we just totally disregard the questions and attempt to comfortably live using the answers that we formulate for ourselves. It is not working! I suppose that I could elaborate on how most individuals crave and need structure in order to be secure but I think that most of us know that in spite of how we behave. I am obviously echoing your remarks and hope that you do not mind the restatement. I will go further and say that to critically examine the values/morals/behaviors that each of us hold requires some heavy thinking, evaluating, comparing, learning and other actions that are uncomfortable for most people. I am not confident that in our culture there are many people willing to do the labor. I wish that I could hold more confidence.
Don, you stated the truth and did so quite clearly. The degrading of traditional values has been moving rapidly since the 1960's and continues. The presence of instantaneous mass media has accelerated the process by allowing individual errant people to think of themselves as part of a larger segment- sort of a justification. The upshot seems to be that some people have lost traditional values and replaced those values with "relativistic values", while others who formerly were marginalized because of behaviors based on prurient or warped values are now able to find cohorts. The "do your own thing" values have not been accompanied by a system of what I will call "Metavalues" that are wider and deeper and might have allowed for more diversity within a greater system of overarching values. It is no surprise that police, teachers, lawyers, doctors and the totality of our culture demonstrate a lack of "good" morals. As a culture we are lacking cohesion. As example note the severe hostility between the religious right and the Progressive left. It is not a disagreement; it is hostility that does not allow for a respectful, peaceful divergence of opinion. At the least a larger, deeper system of values would allow for differences of opinion within a larger system of Rights and Wrongs while still incorporating a belief that certain things are Wrong..
Tom, Perhaps this invention is a part of the new Obama Care plan to improve our smiles.
Mr. Aleshire, It seems to me that the basis of the problem is a dilemma. Shall the instructor concentrate goals, objectives ,methods and materials on top, middle or bottom performers?
Most instructors teach as they have been taught and do not have the requisite pedagogical knowledge or energy needed to most effectively teach to all levels of students. The result is a system geared to teaching to the middle in most cases. Even the Honors classes do not fully develope many top-performing students. Likewise a person could debate whether classes tailored to Special Education students or Learning Handicapped students, etc., really result in outcomes that are "best" for students living in our culture. The answer : classes of 5 to 10 students taught by a teacher trained to deal with a specific range of learners. Are we willing to pay for that?
I feel for the person who accepts the job. The record of the Board speaks for itself ; the majority has made decisions (or not taken actions) which lead me to believe that they can not clearly see into next week.
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