August 1, 2013

Letters to the editor: Car chase's outcome has bigger lesson

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This Saco police cruiser is likely a total loss after being rammed during a recent chase, but the chase ended with no shots being fired and nobody seriously injured. The rule of law puts in place trained professionals to ensure public safety, so citizens don't need to arm themselves, a reader says.

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How unpatriotic on their part. They need to be so labeled. It would appear that if they cannot win legitimately at the ballot box, they resort to such behavior. Shame on Republicans who would curtail the privileges of some of their fellow citizens to achieve their own goals.

William J. Leffler II

Kennebunkport

Column stresses importance of end-of-life conversations 

In response to "Mandela's decline raises questions that all families should consider" (July 16):

I am a hospice social worker and a writer and was pleased to read Ellen Goodman's column about the importance of having end-of-life conversations with family members. 

All too often, families will arrive at our facility with a loved one who is dying and have no idea of what that person does and does not want because they have never talked about it.

At a time when families could be comforting one another, it is a very sad thing to witness brothers and sisters squabbling amongst themselves, each guessing what Mom or Dad would want.

If we get a patient soon enough, we are able to help families have these conversations and fill out an advance directive. All too frequently, however, by the time someone arrives on our doorstep, that someone is beyond able to have any sort of conversation, silenced by cancer or whatever else has brought them to this point. 

I am grateful to both of my parents for making it clear to me and my siblings what they did and did not want done when they reached that stage. 

My husband and I are in our 60s; we have had advance directives in place for the last 10 years, copies safely in the hands of our agents, alternate agents and our primary care doctor. No one will have to guess, no one will have to argue. I can only hope that my family will spend those last few weeks, days and hours with one another and with me. 

Glenny Dunbar, LCSW

Cumberland Foreside 

Governor's words, actions present hazard to the flag 

With the governor so wrapped up in the flag and shooting himself in the foot, I pray that he doesn't perforate Old Glory.

Larz Neilson

East Boothbay

 

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