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For Rob regarding the Futility law in TX

by Evie / April 2, 2005 3:06 AM PST
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Evie, many thanks for that superb and even handed article
by Ziks511 / April 3, 2005 10:54 AM PDT

It explained much that I hadn't heard or didn't understand. Many thanks.

Rob

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You're very welcome Rob
by Evie / April 3, 2005 10:23 PM PDT

It was dumb luck while Googling around on other related topics to hit on something written by someone that both crafted the legislation AND serves on the ethics committees that make such decisions. The study he alluded to will be interesting when it comes out. Also interesting that both NRLC and CID were represented in drafting the legislation. Perhaps now you can see why I get so unnerved when I read stuff in the "mainstream media" that seeks to draw comparisons by ignoring the body of the information available? In reality, his failure to sign a bill unanimously (bipartisanly) passed by the legislature would have been an act of supreme arrogance ... doing so would only have resulted in overriding it. But why wouldn't he sign such a well-considered and well constructed piece of legislation to begin with?

Baby Sun was born terminal. Terri Schiavo was not terminal. Baby Sun died within hours. Even Karen Ann Quinlan lived several years more after her respirator was pulled. Terri took thirteen days of starvation and dehydration. This is why I saw no correlation between the cases. And yes, I still have a lump the size of TX over this in my stomach. I've been doing a lot of research. When I get a chance to collate it I'll compose a post on the more general topic.

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I heartily agree with & endorse your view on the shallowness
by Ziks511 / April 4, 2005 10:30 AM PDT

of mainstream media. Since most of my working life has been in hospitals, and with some years at the sharp end too, I find all coverage of medical issues truly dreadful. The only time you will get a half decent story is on PBS Nova or some such program. They don't even do that well on Jim Lehrers NewsHour.

(Why is it I still try to write McNeill-Lehrer when I start to refer to that program? It's still automatic.)

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Don't you wish all news stories were written this insightful
by Ziks511 / April 4, 2005 2:26 PM PDT

ly and intelligently, Evie. Regardless of the issue and who was the beneficiary or the loser in the exposition. If I had a sense that the guy criticizing a Democrat would do the same job on a Republican, or vice-versa, and that there would be no editorial interference, I'd be so much happier with journalists, journalism, politicians and the political process in general. I really think this is a major issue for the next couple of decades, tougher and less obviously partisan journalism. The excuse often voiced by journalists is "There's no such thing as objective journalism, personal bias is inherent in the process." Just because personal bias is inherent is no reason to wallow in blatantly partisan or self-indulgent or sloppy work which debases the information disseminating process.

Thanks again for an article I have bookmarked for further study.

Rob

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