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Fred Morrison

What the last few letters to the editor regarding the Terri Schiavo situation fail to mention is that Terri Schiavo was in a “persistent vegetative state, with no real consciousness or hope of recovery” (quoted from Friday’s Daily page A22). Is that how you want to live your life? There was even a recent comparison to Christopher Reeve. Sorry, no dice. Christopher Reeve was conscious, could communicate and interact with his world. Terri Schiavo could not.After nearly 26 years of pre-hospital emergency medical service, I feel assured that there are things worse than death. If you wish to be kept alive at all costs, for whatever chance there is at a meaningful life, then fine. That is your right. The rest of us believe that lying flat on our backs being kept alive by tubes and hoses with “no real consciousness or hope of recovery” is no way to live. Especially when it is for someone else’s benefit.Talk to your family, talk to your doctor, talk to your lawyer. Make your wishes known. Durable medical powers of attorney, living wills, and no CPR directives allow you to either delegate decision making or speak ahead of time regarding your wishes. It’s never too soon. Terri Schiavo was only 26 when she lost the ability to speak for herself!Fred MorrisonAvonAt oddsFred Green’s proposed development in the Lake Creek valley sets a dangerous precedent. It wants to use Homestead-type densities in the Lake Creek area. This degree of urbanization is totally at odds with the existing development in the Lake Creek valley.The Lake Creek valley, like the Brush Creek valley outside Eagle, is a scenic gem in Eagle county. Both are rural environments near what passes for urban areas in our county.The proposed development dramatically changes the nature of the Lake Creek valley from rural (2 acres or more per lot) to suburban (under-1-acre lots). For this reason I encourage the county commissioners to reject this proposed development in its present form. Jim FerrellWrong to quoteShame, shame, shame on Alex Miller and Cliff Thompson for writing such an ignorant, inane, vacuous article “Reactions on Pope John Paul II mixed locally,” and for the Vail Daily to publish it.One wonders what would prompt anyone to think of writing such tripe and how long it took the authors to find such a bunch of empty-heads to say what they are quoted as saying regarding one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century, one revered and loved by hundreds of millions of Catholics, and greatly respected by countless Protestants, Jews and even Muslims.We just do not understand what is gained by writing such a story and are deeply offended by it.Charlie, Teresa HauserEagleVail, Colorado


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