Assisted suicide is not a progressive issue

first_imgPundit 21 January 2016The statistics from Oregon are clear: the people who have the “choice” of assisted dying are disproportionately white, wealthy and well-educated. Who pays the price for their choice?So who wants assisted suicide?In Oregon, the poster child for New Zealand advocates of euthanasia and assisted suicide, the statistics after 17 years of the Death With Dignity Act are emphatic:White                                                               97.1%Bachelor degree or higher                               45.9%Private medical insurance                                60.2%Concerned about being “less able toengage in activities making life enjoyable”       88.7%That is, the people who are doing the choosing are disproportionately white, wealthy, and well-educated. Having had a good life they want control of how they would face a terminal illness.Fair enough, you might think, but who pays the price for their ‘choice’?People like 64-year-old Barbara Wagner, who received a letter from the Oregon state health insurer helpfully advising her that they wouldn’t pay for the chemotherapy drugs she needed, but they would pay $50 for her assisted suicide.And let’s not forget that the general suicide rate in Oregon has been increasing since 2000, and at last count was 41% above the United States average. That’s a fair warning that when you assist suicide for one group, you are endorsing it as an appropriate response to suffering for everybody.It is also disabled people who pay the price.  Not Dead Yet, an American disability rights group says: “In a society that prizes physical ability and stigmatizes impairments, it’s no surprise that previously able-bodied people may tend to equate disability with loss of dignity. This reflects the prevalent but insulting societal judgment that people who deal with incontinence and other losses in bodily function are lacking dignity.”David Seymour’s private members bill would allow terminally ill people and those with a “grievous and irremediable medical condition” to ask a health professional to supply and/or administer a lethal dose of drugs.What’s “grievous” and what’s “irremediable”?Multiple sclerosis? Paraplegia? Autism? Impaired sight or hearing? Depression?Such words matter supremely in this issue because it is, literally, a matter of life and death.Assisted suicide advocates like to talk of ‘assisted dying’, ‘physician-assisted dying’ and ‘rational suicide’.George Orwell warned us why they do this:political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness. Such phraseology is needed if one wants to name things without calling up mental pictures of them.Exactly. The advocates do not want the public to have accurate mental pictures of the reality. That is why Mr Seymour’s bill would ensure that the actual cause of death is not recorded on the death certificate.Last year the Scottish and UK parliaments rejected assisted suicide bills by large margins.  The Scottish select committee report, in particular, is a must-read overview of all the competing issues at stake.  (For the record, the committee had 5 SNP, 3 Labour and 1 Conservative members.)The Guardian columnist Giles Fraser recently wrote “let us not pretend that this ‘personal choice’ is unaffected by wider economic realities.”“by eroding the long-term mutual obligations we have to each other, in sickness and in health, we have arrived at the existential equivalent of a zero-hours contract with life, a contract that can be terminated at will.”Euthanasia and assisted suicide – or whatever your euphemism of choice – is not a progressive issue.by Matthew Jansen – Care Alliancehttp://pundit.co.nz/content/assisted-suicide-is-not-a-progressive-issueKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Osting named Miss Decatur County

first_imgPhoto from FacebookGreensburg, Ind. — Addy Osting has been selected as 2017 Miss Decatur County. Osting competed with 11 other local ladies for the crown. She is the daughter of Nathan and Jennifer Osting.Osting will preside over the 2017 Decatur County Fair and compete for the titla Miss Indiana at the Indiana State Fair this year. She also gets a $500 scholarship from the Bennett Family and an assortment of prizes from local businesses.2016 Miss Decatur County, Renae Kramer presented a slide show and talked about her year as royalty..last_img

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UCL: Choupo-Moting seals PSG comeback against Atalanta

first_imgParis Saint-Germain produced a stunning late turnaround to beat Atalanta 2-1 and reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 1995 on Wednesday night. Read Also: Chelsea join Man Utd interest in Leicester keeper Schmeichel Thomas Tuchel’s side dominated large spells but looked short of sharpness after playing few games in the past five months, even following Kylian Mbappe’s introduction from the bench after he shook off an ankle injury. However, Marquinhos prodded home a fortuitous equaliser in the 90th minute before Neymar and Mbappe combined to set up Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to become the unlikely hero and break Atalanta hearts. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 1994/95 – Paris Saint-Germain have reached the semi finals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1994/95 under Luis Fernandez. Euphoria. pic.twitter.com/tfE93upWUD— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 12, 2020 Loading… #UEFAChampionsLeagueTemporada 2019-2020.#FinalsPortugal2020Cuartos de Final.Atalanta 1-2 Paris Saint Germain Estádio do Sport Lisbon e Benfica, Lisboa, Portugal. pic.twitter.com/rifzvfhUch— Alfredo Torres (@manunited05) August 12, 2020 Mario Pasalic’s first-half strike had looked set to settle a contest in Lisbon that will be remembered for a series of first-half misses from Neymar, the worst of which came when through on goal in the third minute. Promoted Content6 Best Supercars In Movies You’ll Dream To Drive At Least Once2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtMost Appreciated First Ladies In The History Of America10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually Truelast_img read more

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Tri-state escapes serious damage in Thursday storms

first_imgBatesville, In. — Thunderstorms swept across Indiana last night and no serious damage was reported in the tri-state.Duke Energy and Indianapolis Power & Light reported more than 45,000 people without power in central Indiana.The storm activity also cut Indianapolis 500 practice time by 90-minutes.last_img

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Bulldog Grapplers Battle At Wayne County Classic

first_imgBatesville High School completed their best weekend of wrestling so far when traveling to Centerville to compete in 9 duals over a two day period. The Bulldogs were able to finish the weekend going 5-4 with two weight class champions and 8 out of 12 wrestlers finishing with winning records on the weekend.The Bulldogs were led by two weight-class champions on the weekend with Alex Murphy winning the 113 weight class while Jy’lil Chappel won the 182 weight class. Murphy went 9-0 with 2 pins and winning his last match by avenging a loss from earlier in the season in his final match of the weekend. Chappel went 8-1 with 6 pins avenging 3 prior losses including his final match. JT Linkel at 145 and Josh Mobley at 152 made strong runs in their weight classes both going 8-1. Linkel won 7 matches by pin but dropped his final match to a Returning State Qualifier from Centerville. With Linkel’s 8th win of the weekend he moves up to 100 career pins. Mobley won 5 matches by pin but lost his final match to a 3 time semi-state qualifier from Centerville in double over-time.  Other Bulldogs with winning records on the weekend were Christian Garcia at 195 with a 6-3 record with 2 pins and 1 major decision, Caleb Bischoff-Niese at 120 with a 5-4 record with 2 pins, Axel Garcia at 170 with a 5-4 record with 1 pin and 1 tech fall, and Tyler Schaeffer at 132 with a 4-1 with 4 pins. Also with wins on the weekend were Jonathan Lamping at 126 with 2 with 1 by pin, Nick Nobbe at 160 with 2 and 1 by pin, and Jonath Schrank and Brandon Manning each got a win.As a team, the Bulldogs were able to get 5 wins. They avenged two earlier losses by beating Union County and Lincoln. They also picked up victories against Winchester, Northeastern, and Tri. The Bulldogs will next travel to Greensburg Tuesday for a dual and to South Dearborn Saturday for the EIAC tournament. Team resultsNew Castle 39 Batesville 33 Batesville 48 Union County 36Batesville 42 Winchester 30Batesville 57- Northeastern 17Batesville 51 Tri 18Batesville 41 Lincoln 36Franklin County 55 Batesville 24 Monroe Central 45 Batesville 36  Centerville 58 Batesville 13 Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Curtis Miller.last_img read more

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Local teams open indoor track season

first_imgORONO — Local teams took a trip to Orono on Saturday for the start of the Eastern Maine Indoor Track League season at the University of Maine.With over a dozen teams in attendance, two separate meets were held. Ellsworth’s Matt Shea won the boys’ 2-mile run in the first meet with a time of 11 minutes, 11.43 seconds, and teammate Atticus Deeny placed second in the long jump at 19 feet, 8 1/2 inches.The George Stevens Academy girls’ team posted an impressive showing in the second meet. Eliza Broughton, Zeya Lorio and Grace Broughton swept the top-three spots in the 800-meter run, and Mary Richardson earned wins in the 1- and 2-mile races.The next meet will be held Dec. 30 in Orono. Sumner will compete in the early session at 10 a.m., and Ellsworth, Bucksport, GSA and Mount Desert Island will participate in the 2 p.m. session.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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NBA, NHL, MLB, Major League Soccer to restrict access to locker rooms to protect players from exposure to coronavirus

first_imgNBA, NHL, MLB, Major League Soccer to restrict access to locker rooms to protect players from exposure to coronavirus Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — NBA, NHL, MLB, Major League Soccer to restrict access to locker rooms to protect players from exposure to coronavirus. Associated Press center_img March 9, 2020last_img

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King James beats Bolt to AP Athlete-of-the-Decade honours

first_imgHE left Cleveland for Miami, finally became a champion, went back to his beloved northeast Ohio, delivered on another title promise then left for the Los Angeles Lakers and the next challenge. He played in eight straight finals. No NBA player won more games or more MVP awards over the last 10 years than he did. He started a school. He married his high school sweetheart.“That’s all?” LeBron James asked, feigning disbelief.No, that’s not all. Those were just some highlights of the last 10 years. There were many more, as the man called ‘King’ spent the last decade reigning over all others – with no signs of slowing down.James is The Associated Press (AP) Male Athlete-of-the-Decade, adding his name to a list that includes Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky and Arnold Palmer. He was a runaway winner in a vote of AP member sports-editors and AP beat writers, easily outpacing runner-up Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.“You add another 10 years of learning and adversity, pitfalls, good, great, bad, and any smart person who wants to grow will learn from all those experiences,” James, who turned 35 yesterday, told the AP. “A decade ago, I just turned 25. I’m about to be 35 and I’m just in a better (place) in my life and have a better understanding of what I want to get out of life.”Usain Bolt of Jamaica was third for dominating the sprints at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, soccer superstar Lionel Messi was fourth and Michael Phelps – the U.S. swimmer who retired as history’s most decorated Olympian with 28 medals, 23 gold – was fifth. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

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WG boys basketball is top AA seed; Ludden grabs no. 3 seed

first_imgNot far behind them, Bishop Ludden holds the no. 3 seed, having put together its own 17-3 regular season to match WG, with two of the Gaelic Knights’ defeats coming to “Holy War” rival Christian Brothers Academy.However, Ludden did sweep its other main private-school rival, Bishop Grimes, completing that sweep in an 80-70 decision last Monday night.Trailing 17-12 after one period, the Gaelic Knights outscored the Cobras 45-32 over the course of the next two quarters, and hung on down the stretch despite a furious Grimes effort that included 20 points from A.J. Burnett and 17 points from Joe Wike. Tags: Bishop Luddenboys basketballWest Genesee Now it was time for the West Genesee boys basketball team to see if it could hold on to the Section III and state Class AA championships it earned in memorable fashion one year ago.The Wildcats’ 12-game win streak and SCAC Metro division regular-season title meant that it would hold the top seed and a first-round bye, awaiting to see which set of Black Knights – either no. 8 seed Henninger or no. 9 seed Rome Free Academy – would face them in the quarterfinals.It was RFA pulling away to prevail 75-57, so the game is a rematch of the 2019 sectional semifinal that WG claimed, the winner this time to get no. 4 seed Baldwinsville or no. 5 seed Auburn at SRC Arena in the sectional semifinals next Sunday afternnoon.center_img Mykell Kaigler led Ludden with 25 points, with Monte Johnson hitting a trio of 3-pointers on his way to 19 points. Nazier Kinsey got 10 points as Grant Baker had nine points and Jarin Beauford had eight points.The sectional quarterfinal next Tuesday pits Ludden against no. 6 seed Nottingham, with the winner getting to next weekend’s semifinal against no. 2 seed Corcoran or no. 7 seed Utica Proctor in Sunday’s semifinals.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

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Hilliard scores 2 goals off Murrell assists in No. 4 Syracuse’s 3-1 win over Wake Forest

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ On Oct. 20, 2012, Tyler Hilliard scored his first career goal for Syracuse 15 minutes into a home match against DePaul — heading in a Jordan Murrell free kick to give the Orange an early lead. On Friday night at SU Soccer Stadium, 10 days short of the two-year anniversary of that, Hilliard scored his second and third. Both came on headers. And both came on free-kick assists from Murrell. Hilliard and Murrell — two pawns of SU’s three-man defense — led No. 4 Syracuse (11-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) to a 3-1 victory over Wake Forest (6-6, 2-3). With two goals against the Demon Deacons, SU’s defensive corps now has four of the team’s last seven goals and continues to hold opposing offenses in check during the Orange’s historic start. The SU victory avenged last year’s season-ending loss to the Demon Deacons, and set a program record with 11 wins in the first 12 games. “If I can get one goal in a season, I’m happy,” Hilliard said. “Two in one night, that’s really beyond my wildest dreams.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith six 1-0 victories this season, Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre has pushed his defense to not just prevent goals, but also score them. “We’ve been giving our defenders a little bit of a stick,” McIntyre said. “ … It was great for those guys to get on the end of things tonight.”Hilliard’s heroics may have stemmed from a conversation he had earlier in the day with Murrell, who scored on Tuesday against Albany, and fellow defender Skylar Thomas, who scored the only goal in SU’s victory over then-No. 2 Virginia on Sept. 27. The defensive trio talked about who has the best header among the three. Jokingly, Hilliard predicted he would score against the Demon Deacons. Murrell and Thomas both disagreed, saying they’d score instead. “Apparently ‘T’ is the best right now,” Murrell said after the match, adding that he and Thomas now owe Hilliard an “undisclosed” amount of cookies. In the 8th minute, Wake Forest committed a foul just inside the midfield line and Murrell was awarded a free kick from about 35 yards out. The defender placed a perfect free kick into the box where it found Hilliard, who was facing away from the ball. Hilliard raised above the Demon Deacons’ defense and flicked a shot off the top of his head by goalkeeper Alec Ferrell. “A very important goal to put us on the front foot against an outstanding Wake Forest team,” McIntyre said.Aside from the goals, Hilliard and Murrell were omnipresent on both sides of the field throughout the night. And with SU holding on to a 1-0 lead early in the second half, Murrell took another free kick. Once again, it found Hilliard, who this time placed his forehead on the ball to direct it into the net. “(Tyler) should probably give us some more then, right?” McIntyre said, jokingly. “ … He’s a very athletic player. I think he’s having an outstanding year. We defenders, it’s nice to score goals every now and then.” With his second assist of the match, Murrell moved into a tie for fifth place on the all-time SU assists list with 19. In the 69th minute, Syracuse forward Chris Nanco extended SU’s lead to 3-0, and although Wake Forest’s Hank Gauger scored with four minutes left in regulation, Syracuse cruised to victory. After the match, Murrell found Hilliard on the sideline and gave him a giant bear hug. When Hilliard spoke to a group of reporters, Murrell snuck up and pulled at Hilliard’s shorts. And Hilliard stood gleaming with a smile stretching ear to ear. “I’m sure I’ll be on the next scouting report,” he said. Comments Published on October 10, 2014 at 11:44 pm Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edulast_img read more

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