Letters to the editor

August 1, 2008

By Administrator

Mothers support group a valuable asset

In reading the story about the Eastside Mothers & More support group in the July Newcastle News, I cannot overemphasize the value of such groups.

Mine grew out of a baby-care course offered by a King County nurse - and we’re still together 22 years later. We very quickly determined that it was more helpful to meet without children, and have done so on alternate Wednesday nights since October 1986.

We have supported each other through all the usual children’s ailments and development challenges (from toilet training to driver training), our children’s school transitions, first romances and now job searches, as well as the death of parents. We sometimes suspect we’ll be together 30 or 40 years from now in assisted living.

Linda Carlson

Death with Dignity initiative devalues life

I read the June 6 Newcastle News article about the Death with Dignity Initiative with interest.

This initiative is another attempt to devalue life. It gives the government influence into our lives and opens the door for abuse. In my opinion, this proposal is another step on the slippery slope that America is on.  

First, we take prayer out of school. And then, we legalize abortion and affirm gay rights. Now, we are being asked to give our blessings to ending the lives of others. People see this as a step of assistance but it will eventually lead to the demise of the mentally, physically disadvantaged, the elderly and others that society deem unacceptable.  

We need to stand our ground and hold fast to the truth that all human life is valuable and God should be in control of its beginning and its end.

Patsy Tosch

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