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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, March LETHBRIDQE An individual's right the case for good death NEW YORK (AP) Bit by bit we demand the rights of the individual over the use of his own body and one of these rights is that of dying with dignity, said Marya Mannes, author of Last Rights: A Case for the Good Death. .And the way to achieve it, she added, is through euthanasia, which translated from the Greek means "a good "It's entirely voluntary; nobody is going to Impose it on said Miss Mannes, who during her research in terminal wards saw "people who were really only half alive, who had no joy in life and were being kept alive by artificial means." "Most people of sound mind, if they could imagine themselves strung up to tubes and wires and machines indefinitely would say no, but they have no choice. It seems that as we invent miraculous machines and doctors become technicians, the tendency for too many years has been to use them just for The real question, she said, is what is r-life? "Should the life in a body, with irretrievably damaged organs, a brain in a coma, that has no reasonable prognosis ever to return to health, be Miss Mannes, who reluctantly undertook to write the book at the suggestion of her publishers, said her own fear of death impelled her to take the wraps off the sub- ject. "I came out, strangely enough, with less fear than when I started. I still have fear of the kind of dying I don't want but death itself I can face now. "I wanted to open up the dialogue about death, to show pople it is not the enemy. There has been such a taboo in our culture. We' used euphemisms 'passed away' and children are not permitted to visit hospitals. We should become acquainted with what is, after all, an inevitable process. It shouldn't be cosmeticized and hidden." The author, who spent months "going through years of inter- viewed doctors and psychiatrists and visited nursing homes. She saw intensive- care units "where they keep the organs alive in people who from various causes are very near death." Miss Mannes differentiated between doing nothing to prolong life and mercy killing, which is illegal for whatever benevolent reason it takes a life. She saw a need for similar decisions at the other end of a newborn baby has brain damage or deformity. "In this case, shouldn't the mother and doctor have the right to decide, with all the implications in mind? Wouldn't it be an act of incrcy for the deformed life to be released rather than to let the child face a tragic don't even want to call it Miss Mannes said she hopes there eventually may be a law to cover mercy killings that are clearly compassionate and where the patient was going to die anyway in a matter of weeks. Meanwhile, she cited as encouraging the fact that last year more than Ameri- cans wrote the Euthanasia Educational Fund in New York for copies of A Living Will. Addressed to family, physician, clergyman and lawyer, it says in part: "If there is no reasonable expectation of my recovery from physical or mental disability, I request that I be allowed to die and not be kept alive by artificial means or heroic measures." "If it is signed again every year to show that it was done in a state of lucidity it has moral, though not legal said Miss Mannes, who is in her 60s and has pre- pared a more detailed version of her own. "I have always felt there is a great universal design in nature. Everything has a pattern. Everything has a meaning. Death is a part of that pattern and should not be forcefully resisted just because it is technically possible to do so." Ann Landers WeeWhimsv Dear Ann Landers: I'm 39, divorced, and I've tried all the "proper" ways to meet decent men. Here's where I am now: 1. Stuck in a bowling league with some fun loving sports average age, 75. 2. Out joined a church singles group with a great bunch of folks. All very neurotic. 3. Stuck in a political club as an officer with a bunch of dedicated people. All married. As it now stands. I have Wednesday evenings free and I'd like to invest that evening in something a little more 'promising than my other ties. Would you please ask your readers two questions: 1. Other women who found themselves divorced and widowed: Where and how did you meet your second husband? 2. Unmarried, straight, non alcoholic, self supporting males over 30: Where do you go in hopes of meeting a woman worth marrying? I don't get much sympathy from the old folks in the bowling league, or the neurotic singles, or the political marrieds. They all say the same thing: "You. shouldn't have any trouble. You have SO much to offer." Now my only problem is to find someone to offer it to. How about some help from your corner? Wednesdays Free Dear Free: O.K.. here's your letter. How about it. second time arounders? Where did you meet your second husband? And you unattached, desirable guys where do you go in search of a girl you could bring home to mother? Please tell me so I can tell HER! Dear Ann Landers: I am 38, divorced and going with a married man We have been seeing each other for three years. I lost my husband because of him. We are together almost every weekend and two or three evenings during the week. Am I crazy or is he? This man is successful in business, has a fairly attractive wife, a nice home and six good children. He says his wife is a wonderful mother (they have been married 26 years) but she is not interesting to him sexually or otherwise. He likes my company. Why would a wife stand for her husband to be gone four or five evenings a week? He has to be telling some fantastic lies to get away with it. She MUST realize he has somebody else. Why doesn't she divorce him and give us a chance to have a decent life together? What do you see that I might have overlooked9 Mystified Ms. Dear Ms.: I see (1) six children, (2) a wife who would rather have a half a loaf than none, and (3) a man who probably doesn't want a divorce and has never brought up the subject. What kind of wedding goes with today's new life styles? Does anything go? Ann Landers' completely new "The Bride's Guide" tells what's right for today's weddings. For a copy, send a dollar bill, plus a long, self addressed, stamped envelope (16c postage) to Ann Landers, P.O. Box 3316, Chicago, HI. Peterson win be sent the original art for her quote Send your child's quotation to this paper Pay gap obvious LONDON ,0nt. (CP) Prof. Margaret Seguin of the University of Western Ontario told a meeting on the status of women that female faculty members are paid less than their male counterparts. Studies at the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo. Laurentian University in Sudbury and the University of British Columbia "clearly demonstrate a male-female pay gap of at least she said. Elizabeth Neville, director of the Ontarion labor women's bureau, told the meeting that regulations requiring equal pay for equal work are not easy to apply to "something as complex as university teaching." X; X; We are pleased to announce that we have been 1 appointed exclusive dealers in Lethbridge for Bally of Canada Shoes of Distinction ft- "MEREDITH" as above in teak brown baby kid Sling with bone baby Kid trim. Also a Baby Kid Shell Pump AAA. AA. and BwMWhs "MESSINA" Black patent pump with black matte baby Kid trim shown above in Taupe Saby Kid pump with bone baby Kid trim mdftt SHOES 403 Sffi SL S. Phone 327-3050 Fabric Softener, 128 oz. 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