Letters to the editor

November 4, 2008

By Staff

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Kudos to candidate forum sponsors

More than 100 people from Newcastle were treated to coffee and muffins, a fall view and a lineup of regional, state and national candidates including a congressman and former governor. 

Chamber members Becky Hill, Nick Sooy and Rob Sargent, councilmembers Steve Buri and Lisa Jensen, volunteer Heather Yasui, the Municipal League and The Golf Club at Newcastle all helped to put on a first-class, entertaining and educational event. There was no charge, no fundraising and no catch. 

Golf Club General Manager David Hein has supported the chamber’s goal of hosting candidate forums for four years. An all-volunteer chamber, the nonpartisan, nonprofit Municipal League and The Golf Club put on what candidates called “the best-run, most well-attended forum this season.” 

Thanks Rob, Becky, Nick, Steve, Lisa and Heather for your efforts, and especially The Golf Club for being such a supportive community-minded business. 

John Jensen


Initiative 1000 lacks safeguards 

Whether you view Initiative 1000 from a moral, medical, legal, social or other perspective, one fact remains: Willfully and knowingly ingesting a lethal “medicine” with the intent to kill yourself is committing suicide. I-1000 would legalize assisted suicide and redefine this suicide as a medical treatment.

This initiative lacks many safeguards. It requires no psychiatric exam, not even when dementia or mental illness is involved. It requires no family notification, nor does it require that anyone be present at the time of death. It does not assure that the patient is not being pressured into this choice. It falsifies the actual cause of death on the death certificate.

In Oregon, despite all of the so-called safeguards in its assisted suicide law, instances of coercion, botched attempts and active euthanasia have been documented in the public record. I-1000 is written more broadly than Oregon’s law, has less accountability, more secrecy.

 Insurance companies in favor of the death pill no longer support some drugs and treatments.

We do not need I-1000.

Gary Sires


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