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Reviving 'death with dignity'

Our leaders in Annapolis have decided to put off passing the death with dignity bill ("'Death with dignity' bill extinguished without a vote," April 1). They must go home and talk with their constituents because some of them are new to making political decisions. These poor rookies need to acclimate to the rigors of government.

Truth be told, they are going home to calculate how many votes they will get if they decide for or against this bill. The human interest in this matter has been preempted, once again, by political safety.

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Reality exposes the dredges of morality against common sense. Ancient theologians must have worked in cold and miserable monasteries to have penned God's opinion of death with dignity. Why would an all-knowing and loving Father ever entertain such a morbid idea?

We can excuse the ignorance of past generations; they had fewer facts to work with. They were filled with superstition and dependence on the leaders of the time. Those leaders could have had flawed opinions.

Every person of faith must dig deep into their souls and interrogate this question: How can one watch another suffer needlessly when heaven is only a heart beat away?

A theological review should be the order of the day. Theology is the central cause of the delay and the debate about death with dignity.

John Holter, Baltimore

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