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Don’t shop on Thanksgiving: Spend the holiday with family and friends Print E-mail
Editorial
Written by Mary Uhler   
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Shopping is one of my favorite pastimes. Just ask any members of my family. They know I’m ready to shop at the drop of a hat — or any object, for that matter!

But when it comes to shopping on Thanksgiving Day, it’s another story. I have been resenting the encroachment of “Black Friday” — the name given to the day after Thanksgiving — onto the holiday itself.

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Wide variation in ‘brain death’ criteria in U.S. Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

Most of us are aware that there is a dichotomy of thought in our world concerning what determines the beginning of life. But is there an awareness that there is also a dichotomy of thought in the determination of what ends life?

Did you know that the use of neurological criteria to declare “brain death” was motivated by the desire to harvest the beating heart and other vital organs for transplantation and to remove life support from patients to keep from overcrowding intensive care units of hospitals?

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Tale of two dying persons Print E-mail
Editorial
Written by Mary Uhler   
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

How sad it was to hear of the death of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who ended her own life on November 1 using Oregon’s assisted suicide law.

Maynard suffered greatly from terminal brain cancer, and we can understand her wish to stop her pain and suffering.

More hopeful path

However, the story of another young person who is also facing death shows, I believe, a more hopeful way to face death.

A  Catholic News Service article reported on Philip Johnson, a 30-year-old Catholic seminarian in the Diocese of  Raleigh, N.C., who is facing the same disease as Maynard. He wrote a poignant essay in October responding to Maynard’s decision to end her own life.

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