From your letters to the editor: "Patients who operate on “the trust that the physician will do everything in his or her power to heal the patient” are sometimes subjected to the heart-rending torture of procedures -- such as radical surgery, repeated rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, breathing and feeding tubes -- that provide little or no benefit when the prognosis is bleak."
Assisted suicide won't end good care -- Roger Brooks
Dr. Tim Jessick made some troubling statements in his Sept. 22 guest column, “Don’t legalize assisted suicide.”
Patients who operate on “the trust that the physician will do everything in his or her power to heal the patient” are sometimes subjected to the heart-rending torture of procedures -- such as radical surgery, repeated rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, breathing and feeding tubes -- that provide little or no benefit when the prognosis is bleak.
Of course, there are the dramatic exceptions of patients who outlive the physicians’ expectations. And, of course, some patients, out of their hopes and the lack of adequate information and empathy from the physician, expect the physician to do that. Fortunately, plenty of physicians are more enlightened and caring than that.
Contrary to Jessick's exaggerated claim that “if assisted suicide becomes legal, palliative care and other life-extending treatment options would quickly disappear,” I believe only a small number of people would choose assisted suicide. Undoubtedly, palliative care is a wonderful option for many people, and it will be embraced by more and more of us as we become aware of it.
Roger Brooks, Madison
Air Force should allow F-35 test -- Dennis B. Appleton
The U.S. Air Force has turned down a request from U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Black Earth, for a demonstration of the F-35 jets slated for Truax Field here in Madison.
Despite the government’s flimsy rationales, it has no valid reason for nixing an actual test flight so that the sound impact of the new jets can be realistically experienced and evaluated.
Asking Madison to accept the jets without allowing an honest, firsthand assessment by the people who will be most affected by any noise issues is like asking a customer to buy a car without allowing the customer to take a test drive. No one in the Air Force would ever buy a vehicle under those circumstances, so why would they expect us to?
The Air Force has turned a deaf ear to a completely logical and reasonable request. Let us hope that is not a harbinger of things to come for many Madison residents if this highly questionable deal goes through.
Dennis B. Appleton, Madison
Truax base is a valuable Madison asset -- Ann Brewer
I fully support bringing the F-35 fighter jets to Truax Field in Madison.
As a resident of the city for many years, I believe the base is an important and integral part of the greater Madison community. We are proud that Truax has been chosen as a possible home for the F-35 aircraft.
The successful acquisition of these aircraft will positively benefit the area in many ways. Most importantly, it will have a significant economic impact, and an assurance that Truax will continue to be a vital part of the Madison area. Also, Truax provides fire and emergency medical services for the Dane County Regional Airport, which in turn saves taxpayers and the airport. The base employs about 1,200 men and women, my son being one of the 445 working there on a full-time basis. If we are honored to receive these aircraft, many more jobs will become available.
As I was walking on the streets of Madison the other day, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a car with glass-pipe mufflers drove by me. Those were louder than when the F-16s fly by. The noise of these jets represent the safety and defense of the United States and its airspace. Which is better?
Ann Brewer, Madison
Investigate rogue CIA whistleblower -- Pete Papageorge
The rogue CIA officer behind the whistleblower complaint needs to be exposed and forced to testify. The citizens of this nation have a right to know who this CIA officer is, why he sent this "complaint" to Democratic members of Congress weeks ago, and why his secondhand information has become "credible" with the leftist media.
This rogue CIA officer needs to be investigated for any bias against our president from social media accounts, past political affiliations and donations. Any leanings to Democrats will show he is biased, and thus has no credibility.
This whole debacle does not pass the smell test and is looking more like a Democrat sting operation to tackle our president. It looks like a coup attempt by elements of our intelligence agencies, the leftist media and the Democrats to remove President Donald Trump rather than face him in 2020. This all needs to be exposed and not allowed to drag into the 2020 election cycle. We demand closure now.
We have bigger issues facing our nation than vengeful and hateful liberals who have always wanted to remove President Trump -- not on merit, but hate. This needs to end.
Pete Papageorge, Oshkosh