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I’m kama`aina, informed, and still favor a death with dignity option.
IRT HanaMauka, and I’m kama`aina, informed, and continue to strongly oppose a death with dignity option.
Then choose for yourself – I wouldn’t dream to force my beliefs upon you, don’t you dare force your sanctimonious crap upon my own decisions about my life. How dare you think you can force one of the most important decisions of my life upon me – Doctors don’t make these decisions, the patient does. You are not my God, don’t act like you have a right to be one.
IRT Tharu1, let me respond to you with an true life example. I am a Vietnam combat veteran and one of my men got hurt and lost his heart beat. We worked on him for some 10 minutes, after getting his heart beating, to keep him alive until the Medivac arrived and we secured him to the chopper to fly out of the field to a hospital. His life was precious, he did not survive. We all felt bad, I cried as I accounted for his personal effects to send back to HQ’s. We chose life every time.
Those people, who are at the end of their life-cycle, in extreme pain from a terminal disease, should have a a choice in their quality of life.
It should not come from the alleged experts or certified experts, who have the power & control over everyone, who has a life-ending medical issue.
Going to the extreme, by stating that a handgun might be used, is dragging in a 2nd Amendment non-related issue.
A legal way out of life or an illegal way out of life (suicide), should be closely examined.
Why does medical science want to keep people alive, when they are dying, in extreme pain, and you want them to still pay their medical bills ?
Around 50% of gun deaths in this country are basically suicides.
agree with the two gentlemen above. Keep government and medical experts out of our death beds!
This is a difficult issue, obviously.
If the decisions were limited to competent coagulation doctors and informed competent patients, physician assisted suicide could be ok.
The difficulty arises for other situations. These include vulnerable individuals, even those without terminal conditions, those whose judgement may be impaired and those who may be demoralized by lack of support. Most would agree that allowing/encouraging these folks to choose death moght be a grave mistake.
This has happened in Europe.
Will the Hawaii health system properly implement safeguards to prevent tragic mistakes – wrongly killing people? If these safeguards are in place, will state officials provide the oversight and enforcement necessary to detect violations?
Frankly, I am skeptical.
I’ve always wondered at the thought process who would deny painless, life ending treatment and force pain, suffering, and misery for our sickest friends and family.
Something is terribly wrong when we deny the humane love we show our dogs and cats to our friend and family. A wise friend once told me as I was struggling with the decision to euthanize my sweet old dog, “it’s the final kindness we showed our best friend.”
When it’s my time, and things are hopeless and misery is great, I hope someone can do for me what we do for our beloved pets.
Advocating ‘putting down’ or the horrible misnomer, “putting to sleep” a human being like people do their cats and dogs is to neglect all decency and sanctity of human life. A family member of mine recently went through hospice and the palliative care received was excellent. Murder or suicide is not the answer.
Is dying and suffering without dignity a better option? How dare you claim we are not informed? We actually lived through the painful agony of watching a loved one suffer for months before passing away. Have you seen a 6′ 8″, 300 pound man suffer and die weighing less than a 100 pounds? So who is uninformed? Auwe!
Excruciating last days?
Not everyone who pursues this option uses it. But I think having this option can provide comfort to those who are deteriorating and may soon be in pain. In any event I feel the individual is best able to make these decisions, not someone in an ivory tower making tons of money off of other people’s pain.
This is nonsense. Let the individual patients decide not the physicians. They get paid for their medical services, period. Personal decisions are not their to make. Let us decide what’s best for ourselves.
I agree, ready, but a lot of times a terminally ill person can not “do the act” by themselves and needs help say from a spouse-and that it illegal!!!
This is about OPTIONS. NOT mandating assisted suicide. OPTIONS.
Nobody but that individual himself can decide when the person is in so much pain that they don’t want to go on. The thing is, the government already allows suicide, but it’s not a humane one — you have to refuse food and hydration to kills yourself, which you are allowed to do. I’ve had friends got his route after a stroke or with terminal illness. But if the humane society puts down dogs and cats by starving them to death, that would be inhumane, right? So why to we treat humans worse than dogs and cats. let people decide for themselves when they’ve reach their end, and give them a humane option.
There is a time to hold ;em and a time to fold’em. I do not wish for a long protracted drawn out fade out. None of us do. It takes a lot of people on an unpleasant ride that often obliterates any thing that might have been left to the next generation. It should be a personal choice … often is. It should not be someone else’s choice.
Just did a little check, and the author of this article (Eric Tessmer) makes his living by selling very expensive equipment that often gets used to extend people’s lives long after they have relinquished most of their quality of life and just prior to their death – Shame on the advertiser for hosting such an egregious use of the editorial format without acknowledgment that the author makes a living by marketing end of life care products that have high costs with very questionable values when it comes to quality of life.
Thanks for that information.
There are people in our society who believe in a God! The God of their faith forbid taking lives, be it theirs or others! Sufferings are a part to help redeem oneself from sins and past sins. The rewards is eternal life in paradise! We Christians will promote these believes to all people rather their adherence to this knowledge is acceptable to them or not we try to promote an afterlife of eternal happiness. Suffering , whether it last a day , a week or months, compared to living in paradise for all eternity is just a dot to the endless time of living life in a perfect place. Our love for our brothers and sisters is to enlighten them to this belief! Whether they accept this or not the option is theirs. God bless all of you and those who will determine what is best for our State in terms with Death With Dignity! Just remember “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Carsar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”
News flash – There are people in our society who do not believe in a God! //quick fact – We are just as human and worthy as you. The God in the bible I think that you are referring to often takes lives in many numbers and without the victims having any guilt at all — how you can say that this God entity forbids taking lives – I don’t get it- because other than the ten commandments it happens multiple times in the King James bible?
So I’m a bit flummoxed about your point.
Regardless, here is my point, a person has an inherent right to make choices about their own lives – many people make these choices without the notion that there is something after their death – whether they are right or wrong is not your call.
Wiz couldn’t hear you over the thumping of his bible.
IRT: “I’ve always wondered at the thought process who would deny painless, life ending treatment and force pain, suffering, and misery for our sickest friends and family.”
Those ‘thought’ ‘processes’ involved when kneeling, grovelling, babbling incantations, etc.