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October 23, 2008 at 3:44 PM

Initiative 1000: death with dignity / assisted suicide

Even if it kills me

I will vote “yes” for I-1000, even if it kills me.

— Leo Shillong, Bellingham

Let them keep their dignity

My dad was diagnosed with colon cancer more than a year ago. When he wasn’t improving, the doctor gave him horrifying news that he would die within three months. The hospital informed us that hospice would take over his care. Two nurses visited regularly at home.

Nurse Mickey treated my dad with compassion. If my dad experienced any pain, they took care of it. God blessed our family with my dad’s presence for two months. During this time, each of us had a chance to say goodbye. Family members came and shared how my father made a difference. Childhood friends shared how they valued my dad’s life-changing friendship.

It was hard to see my dad fade a little each day. Every moment was a precious gift from God. On Oct. 1, my father, Michael, died at 66. I will always remember my dad’s never-ending faith in God and others. The hospice care gave my dad a chance to die with dignity. Initiative 1000 takes that dignity away. When we start playing God, we lose the value of human life.

— Molly Feeney, Sammamish

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