Foolish to think euthanasia ‘safe’
One of the worst consequences of an Andrews government return is the implementation of the euthanasia laws. It's foolish or deceptive in the extreme to suggest that euthanasia can be made 'safe' in any way.
The Alfred hospital may keep them under lock and key but once they are dispensed, there's no control or safe method of keeping them. And reaction to these drugs is often unpredictable.
Also, the claimed motivation for the legislation being for a 'dignified' death is also a nonsense. There's nothing dignified about suicide: or when the drugs don't work as they should and the person suffers more.
Read more: Vic sets voluntary euthanasia safeguards
For all the talk about “safeguards”, it's only a matter of time before the criteria for eligibility is relaxed, first for one, then another, then, just as in Belgium, Holland, or some U.S states, it's open to anyone who wants it or even sometimes, doesn't want it.
I'd like to know what the real motivation was: was it to free up beds in overloaded hospitals or nursing homes and ease pressure on the health system?
What Victorians deserve is more good palliative care.
Helen Leach, Bendigo
You can lead a horse to water . . .
There is an old saying: You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
Knowledge, that I have gained from the past experiences, I have found hard to pass on.
I was hoping that besides seeking excellence in the sporting field, Australia would try to take lead in the spiritual one as well. It is disappointing to see a lot of opportunities lost and hard work going to waste.
But in history many individuals with advanced knowledge have failed to gain recognition, because their views didn't appeal to the ruling political, or religious dignitaries. Some people prefer to learn from experiences of their own, rather than those of other people.
It is frustrating to see the same mistakes made over and over again.
Being a creation of nature, we are dominated more by our instincts, than by reason.
Jiri Kolenaty, Rushworth
100 ways in 100 days to tackle gambling
While applauding the concept of a new year’s resolution, the reality is that by the second, third or fourth week of January, many people will struggle to keep the commitments they have made to themselves to improve their own health and wellbeing and, by extension, that of their loved ones.
Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case for those in our community wanting to change their relationship with gambling.
The 100 Day Challenge has been designed with the assistance of experts in therapeutic services to provide practical, effective support to people seeking to take a break from gambling, reduce the amount of time and/or money they spend, or quit permanently.
The program offers participants 100 recreational activities as alternatives to gambling, over 100 days, and encourages them to set and track progress against their own goals with a range of tools.
If you’d like to join the more than 4000 Victorians who have already signed up for the 100 Day Challenge, visit 100dc.com.au.
Janet Dore, Interim CEO, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
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