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ALLOW DEATH WITH DIGNITY IN SUNSHINE STATE

Marshall Frank, Community columnist, June 9, 2017  —  This Op-Ed appears in the 6/9/17 edition of Florida Today.

Florida should follow the lead of other states by enacting such a law.

Florence, 81, was an Oregon resident, diagnosed with painful pancreatic cancer. The doctor gave her less than eight weeks to live. After confirming with a second opinion by another doctor, she elected to die with dignity.

On a Saturday afternoon, she invited her two adult kids and their kids to her apartment. She hugged them all, shared loving words, sat on a sofa and lifted a glass of water. She swallowed 10 Seconal sleeping pills. Within 30 minutes, she was pain-free, consumed in eternal sleep.

Some folks may find this a gruesome, but it is important to talk about it.

Free-thinking people with debilitating and incurable illnesses should have the right to choose when and how to end their lives (with certain restrictions and caveats). Once people arrive at advanced ages and then suffer with horrible diseases and/or pain from which there is little relief, they should be afforded opportunities to make a clear and thoughtful choice. The technology is at our disposal, so why not?

Because we have

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AFTERTHOUGHTS

In my 2015 book release, The Way Things Oughta Be, I offer numerous chapters with analyses and suggestions for improving the world, whether it be politics, science, education, criminal justice, family issues, love and romance and so much more. At the very end of the book, I present a chapter titled, “Afterthoughts” which is a list of one-liners, without essay or analysis.

     I thought some folks might be interested…so I extracted this chapter and created a short blog.  (With the author’s permission, of course) See what you think.

                                                            AFTERTHOUGHTS

Sometimes, a simple answer can identify a question.  According to your author, here are a few one-line reflections on – The Way Things Oughta Be:

  • Smart people should think twice about the long-range consequences before blanketing their bodies with tattoo ink.
  • Parents who sit with their kids at restaurant tables engrossed with tablets and smart phones tell me they’ve lost the ability to communicate.
  • I’m a fan of space travel, but I also wonder if the enormous costs outweigh the benefits, and those billions of dollars could not be better funneled to more pressing needs.
  • Abolish car alarms. They are useless costs added to the price of an auto.
  • Schools,
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THIS AND THAT: SHORT COMMENTS ON HOT TOPICS

This and That:

  1. I think selecting the photo of Harriet Tubman as the first woman, on a paper currency ($20 bill) was the best of all the options.  This was a truly remarkable woman who suffered greatly, yet devoted her life to the freedom of others against all odds. Well deserved. Particularly remarkable is that the picture of a former slave will replace the picture of a slave owner.
  2. It’s time to release Leslie Van Houten, the 19 year-old killer (among others) who followed the hypnotic, drug-induced lead of Charles Manson in 1969. She is now 66, having spent 47 years in prison for her crime, rejected in 22 applications for parole. Her prison record is sterling, her admissions and repentance sincere and to call her a threat to others today is absurd. She has paid a huge price (rightfully) and we need to show compassion.  She is not the same person today, who committed those horrible deeds 47 years ago.
  3. The death of singer, Prince, will undoubtedly be revealed as drug related. He was a talented rock star, but he was also a drug abuser, not much different that many other stars who suffered early deaths from similar causes.
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EXCERPT FROM: “THE WAY THINGS OUGHTA BE” – THE POLITICAL ATTORNEY GENERAL

The following is a brief excerpt from Chapter 1 of my new book: “The Way Things Oughta be,” released by Everly Books. This segment pertains to the U.S. Attorney General’s office. The book covers 36 chapters and hundreds of issues

(Copies are available as e-book or soft cover from Amazon.com. Signed copies at a discount at web page: http://www.marshallfrank.com/order.html .  Cost, $20 incl. shipping.)

     Subject matter in this particular chapter was written a year ago, which should have, and could have, included the morass involving the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s wrong doings while Secretary of State. 

     “The office of president of the United States is not supposed to be above the law. In the first seven years of serving as president, Barack Obama has ostensibly violated numerous laws and established procedures in order to further his chosen agendas.  Among them: implementing the Dream Act by executive fiat, making recess appointments when the senate was in session; changing Obamacare laws on the fly without congressional action, authorizing military action in Libya without congressional approval, killing American citizens with drone strikes in other countries, disregarding illegal gun running by the Justice Department in Fast & Furious, IRS selecting adversaries based

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ASSISTED SUICIDE SHOULD BE ALLOWED

This Op-Ed appears in Florida Today newspaper today.

Marshall Frank, For FLORIDA TODAY12:06 a.m. EDT August 13, 2015

Florence was an 81-year-old Oregon resident, diagnosed with painful pancreatic cancer. The doctor gave her less than six weeks to live. After a second opinion by another doctor, she elected to die with dignity.

On a Saturday afternoon, she invited her two adult kids and their kids, to her apartment. She hugged them all, shared loving words, sat on a sofa and lifted a glass of water. She swallowed 10 Seconal sleeping pills. Within 30 minutes, she was consumed in eternal sleep.

Some folks may find this gruesome, but it’s worthwhile talking about.

Free-thinking people with debilitating and incurable illnesses should have the right to choose when and how to end their lives (with restrictions and caveats). Once people arrive at advanced ages and then suffer with horrible diseases and/or pain from which there is little relief, they should be afforded opportunities to make a clear and thoughtful choice. The technology is at our disposal, so why not?

We have deep compassion for terminal animals in horrible pain, so we do the humane thing. The difference is that

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FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT: A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

If black folks thought that opportunity, conditions and lifestyle were going to improve under the first black president, they must be sorely disappointed. 

     The statistics are overwhelming.  Just about every economic, cultural, familial and criminal justice indicator points out that life is not better for blacks since Obama became president, unless you want to factor in the number of minority appointees he’s promoted into federal judgeships and other cushy government jobs.

     Lauren Burke, a black columnist for BlackPress USA, reported in her article of January 2015: During Obama’s first 6 years in office, average black unemployment soared to 14 percent, compared to 10 percent in January of 2009 when Obama took office. There’s more:

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, youth unemployment (ages 16-24), this time in 2014, was 14.3 percent. For blacks in that age group, it was nearly 25 percent.
  • Ninety-two percent of black males in Chicago, ages 16-19, are unemployed.
  • The Huffington Post reported that 72 percent of black babies in the U.S. are born to unwed mothers, i.e. fatherless homes. According to the Moynihan Report, that figure stood at 23.6 percent in 1965. So much for the war on poverty.
  • According to the U.S.
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BATTLECAT: A BLACK WOMAN SPEAKS OUT

Battlecat

She calls herself “Battlecat.”  Her name is Lena Pullum, apparently from Brooklyn. 

     She has something to say. She’s not a politician, not a marcher. She’s one citizen from the black community with a politically incorrect message.  She wears blue lipstick. She uses foul language and minces no words. She may be rough around the edges, but you can see she is intelligent.

     The two video links below are provided in a blog because no one needs to hear this from me, a white male career cop who leans right in most political issues.

     In link # 1 she talks for three minutes about the Baltimore rioters. Watch, listen. It’s worth the time.

     In link # 2 she talks about her view of the truth within the black community, mixed with some personal opinions about the 2nd Amendment.  This one is eight minutes.

     I hope this reaches Barack Obama, the Attorney General, the mayor of Baltimore, the New York Times and MSNBC. Don’t hold your breath.

     Remember:  If this was on a network TV show, you’d hear a lot of bleeps. Language is not for nuns.

Click here: Little Black Ghetto Bastards of Baltimore

Click here: Black on Black crime

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