The holidays aren’t complete without the
macabre sight of our neediest brothers and sisters lined up all over
town in inclement weather waiting for handouts — boxes of food, a
turkey, clothing, maybe a voucher or two for free furniture.
I admire Brittany Maynard. The 29-year-old Oregon woman and terminal
brain cancer sufferer took a doctor-sanctioned lethal concoction
Saturday, ending her life when and where she wanted — at home in her bed
with her family surrounding her.
A community already known for its poverty
and rampant drug use and its less-than-stellar track
record of public education and housing doesn’t need the stench of
rapists added to its long list of ills and