WHEN CARE ‘CROSSES OVER’

This is regarding the front-page article “Doctor charged with murder in 25 deaths,” (Courier, June 6).

As a former RRT working ICU units as well as working directly in hospice care, many of us in both the medical professional and hospice care have known for years that what is called “palliative care” sometimes crosses over into euthanasia (voluntary or involuntary termination of life).

This has been written about for some time by former nurse Ron Panzer.

It has been termed “stealth euthanasia” and often occurs within the nursing home setting where hospice is also called in to assist in administering drugs to the elderly and dying.

It happens easily because insurance programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, double reimburse.

What could be one level of drug delivery by assisted living/nursing home, monetarily profits both hospice and the long-term care facilities.

Nurse Panzer also found that hospice patients are often directed to stand alone “hospice units” or nursing homes rather than to their own homes because insurance companies (especially Medicare) pay more for such care.

Although Panzer often muddies the waters in his ebooks with discussion about abortion, one should take away his main point regarding palliative care that euthanasia in this country is alive and well, whether the patient or family concurs or not.

As an individual consumer, the public might be advised to not turn a blind, ignorant eye when your loved one (or you) lands in the palliative situation.

Powerful drugs like methadone and the like can easily kill via respiratory and/or cardiac arrest.

Elaine Waldman

Findlay

A TOXIC FORM OF FAITH

I agree with Jake Laird and Zac Binkley (letters, June 5) 100 percent.

President Trump’s fearful deceptions and constant venom toward diversity gives people no choice except to believe Trump is no Christian, and leading America into a dictatorship.

Is God sending Republicans a message with the destruction from extreme weather only in states that voted for Trump?

As Laird writes, Bill Stock and Deb Peterson (letters, June 4) have some serious soul searching to do. Their God is weak.

They condemn the LGBTQ community and immigrants. Peterson and Stock apparently distrust God to do his work with his creation.

Nevertheless, God keeps breathing his spirit into the lives of LGBTQ people and immigrants. Stock’s and Peterson’s God must have run out of grace to help them understand how to welcome and care for others unlike themselves.

I imagine their insecure and punishing tiny God is endangered by such things.

They’re not satisfied with allowing Jesus to take charge and take care of those they’re condemning. Stock’s and Peterson’s God is limited, rather than a God full of the gift of grace, all knowing and all powerful.

There’s a hymn, lyrics sung by Christians: “They’ll Know We are Christians by Our Love.” Apparently, love is no longer some Christians’ message. It is now condemnation, bigotry, judgment and hypocrisy.

Those with toxic Christianity fail at drawing others to Christ. Instead, it pushes them away.

They act in a way opposite to Jesus’ life and message.

The conservative church is making atheists — or making people who no longer consider organized religion as an option because the Jesus they identify with cannot be found.

From what I read, Stock and Peterson’s faith is toxic. Those who possess a toxic faith have stepped across the line from a sensible view of God to a disturbing faith in a weak, powerless, uncaring, ungracious God.

I believe Stock’s and Peterson’s religious objective is an attempt to spiritually abuse others into believing and behaving the way they want. Don’t fall for their illusory and harmful religion.

Don Iliff

Findlay

ONLY A COINCIDENCE?

OK folks, let’s stop and consider something.

Last weekend, Findlay hosted the whole LGBTQ schedule of events. Then, Saturday night, we had the worst thunderstorm of the whole season. High winds, hail, thunder, lightning and lots of rain.

We even had another flood caused by the heavy rain.

Does anyone really believe that is a coincidence?

Bruce Haynes

Findlay

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