Letters: Why I’m Praying PSM Support the Physician-Assisted Dying Bill


I, LIKE many other Scottish families, have experienced the death of a loved one from a terminal illness in a devastating way. My father was diagnosed with terminal cancer in the short term. He was very pragmatic and faced his illness with immense bravery. His fear was not death itself, but how he would die.

Frankly speaking, my father’s cancer experience for four months was devastating. He needed medication to manage the extreme pain of his cancer, but these medications caused him to hallucinate terrifyingly. Without any other option, my father had to continue this treatment and we saw our kind, sensitive and loving father become someone we no longer recognized and who no longer recognized us.

Death was ultimately a nerve-racking five-hour marathon, slowly drowning in its own bodily fluids. Without air, he asked for help to die. All we could do was cry and do our best to be with him and try to reassure him that he was with his loved ones. If assisted dying had been an option for my father, he could have chosen to die peacefully, surrounded by his family, while he still had all of his mental capacity.

I pray that the Scottish Parliament will listen to the 86 percent of the Scottish public who want to see a change in the way we and our loved ones face the end of our lives (“The New Death Bill assisted debate reopens “, The Herald, June 21, and Letters, June 22, 23 & 24). It’s time to protect those who need it most.

Lesley Cullan, Moray.

PLEASE HELP PEOPLE LIKE ME

I am writing in response to your coverage of the assisted dying bill. As a person with a terminal illness, I am a big supporter of this bill.

I had to watch my mom and dad die a horrible death. The end of my father’s life was so dreadful that it still upsets me when I think about it after five years. His cancer had spread to his brain and he was doing and saying things that were completely wrong with him. I don’t want to do this to my family. I want to be able to decide when and where I will die.

I am sane and have no intention of changing my mind. Please, please support this bill and help people like me die with dignity.

Tracy McNally, Ayr.

THE NEW FERRY DELAY IS BREATHTAKING

At a time when America and China are sending probes to Mars and beyond, it is appalling that the Scottish government is unable to deliver two essential car ferries to service the Scottish Islands. The construction schedule has been pushed back another 15 weeks, raising costs and putting more pressure on current vessels in urgent need of repair and replacement (“Lifeline ferries will be delayed for another four months”, The Herald, June 25).

Islanders have been seriously disappointed with the Scottish government and another summer and winter of travel disruption is looming. It would take a Philadelphia lawyer to sift through and understand the tangled web of secrecy and incompetence surrounding the project, but hopefully a clearer picture emerges in due course. I think the ferries should be renamed “Derek Mackay” and “Nicola Sturgeon” respectively, not as a sign of respect but as a reminder of government incompetence at its best.

Bob MacDougall, Kippen.

UK SHOULD STOP FINANCING SCOTLAND

Yet another unencrypted report from a select group of citizens recommending that Scotland move to free services and free upgrades to homes to be eco-friendly. There is no idea the cost of this and the only proposal to raise taxes is to tax motorists (“Road tax hike could pay for free public transport,” The Herald, June 24).

The people of the country have been duped by the SNP into believing that anything can be free if we only tax the rich and hammer the wicked motorist and keep taking money from Westminster in the short term.

Boris Johnson is expected to liberate Scotland immediately, stop all money from Westminster and a referendum is due in two years to confirm whether or not Scotland wants to leave the UK for good.

This will not be acceptable to the SNP as it wants to dictate the pace of change. It is high time his bluff was called.

Bill Eadie, Giffnock.

THE DEVOLUTION MUST BE EXTENDED

CONGRATULATIONS to Alan Simpson on his article which emphasizes that ‘waging war on the motorist is loved by a metropolitan and liberal elite who have no real idea of ​​the impact on the 25 percent of Scots living in rural Scotland ”(“ Motorists should not be punished more ”, The Herald, June 24).

For too long, Holyrood has become a parliament that only caters to the 75% of Scots living in the central belt, evidenced by money paid to BiFab, Prestwick Airport and Ferguson Marine, without scrambled to create national parks in Galloway and the Borders or upgrades to the A75, which is the main route to Cairnryan ferry port.

There is also no sign of the commitment made last December by all parties to Holyrood to delegate a series of new powers and protections to give boards European-style guarantees. It is time, surely, for Westminster to step in and demand that Holyrood honor its pledge on devolution of power or set up a second assembly to uphold the democratic rights of the 25% of voters in rural Scotland.

Ian Moir, Chateau Douglas.

FOOTBALL FAILURE CAN BE A LESSON

As the nation reflects on the disappointment of the Scottish football team who failed to advance to the knockout stages of Euro 2020, there is a positive outcome for our young people.

In recent years, education and sports have encouraged the concept that no one loses as it can affect their self-confidence. When the exams were passed there were many marks, a number of which in the past would have been classified as fail. Sporting events were not called tournaments, but festivals. It ignored the concept of failure.

Unfortunately, life is often not like that. A driving test friend friend often found 17-year-old candidates bursting into tears after being told they had failed their driving test, which the education system had not prepared them for. Hopefully, the failure of our national team will show our young members of our society that sometimes you fail to achieve what you hope in life.

Education should help young people strive for excellence, not success, as many can achieve the first but not so much the second.

Richard Wiggins, Prestwick.

WE NEED ACTION ON OBESITY

IT is worth considering the major public health issue underlying Uzma Mir’s article on childhood obesity (“I Won’t Play Shame: How to Teach Children to Think About Weight”, The Herald, June 22) and the related article by Joanna Blythman last Saturday on the Nutrition and Risks of Ultra-Processed Foods (UPF) “There’s a reason kids get fat – and it doesn’t. nothing to do with calories, ”The Herald, June 19). Scotland is facing not only a pandemic – that of Covid-19 – but also metabolic disease and obesity. Indeed, part of our vulnerability to Covid has been its interaction with obesity and the associated morbidity: if you are obese, your life is more likely to be in danger if you contract Covid.

It all adds up to the diabetes and stroke time bombs that are spinning around us. Scotland needs action on food, nutrition and its food culture, and this action must be drastic and swift if lives are saved the same way they were saved by the ban To smoke.

Peter A Russell, Glasgow.

NOURISH YOURSELF WITH CORA

WITH reference to John Walls’ letter (June 21) on the lack of human interaction when contacting his bank, I too have asked these same questions and agree with his answers.

I have had countless similar experiences with Royal Bank digital assistant Cora, the latest being the last I hope. As soon as I entered the bank’s website, Cora jumped backstage and appeared on the screen, desperate to help – “Chat with me,” she begged. So I did.

After downloading and checking my last monthly PDF statement, I printed it out only to find that three transactions had not been printed. I explained this to him and asked him why they had been omitted. She (I assumed she was, which may cause me some grief) replied that she couldn’t understand the question and asked me to rephrase it. I did, and again it was not understood. I’m ashamed to say that my lowest instincts took over at this point, to which Cora responded by asking me to use more than two words.

I resorted to the phone and chatted with an extremely courteous and helpful gentleman who, while he could not resolve the issue, would certainly notify IT. While speaking with him, I mentioned my unsuccessful conversation with Cora and could hear his head shake when he said that I was not the only one with a complaint about the bank’s digital assistant.

William S Cooper, Strathaven.

A83, A GAUL OF THE WORLD

IN 2018 Jeremy Clarkson presented a program on the incredible internal highway system that the Chinese have now created. He called it “the eighth wonder of the world”.

Clarkson pointed out that just 30 years ago there were no highways in China. Since then, they’ve built some 84,000 miles and are creating over 6,000 extra miles each year over valleys, rivers, not to mention a 34-mile bridge to the sea, and more.

However, what a comfort to learn recently from Bear Scotland that The Rest and Be Thankful (on the A83) would only be closed again to “resurface” last week for four days.

A campaign backed by some 1,500 companies has set a deadline of 2024 to finally fix the problems on this Argyll lifeline.

I only wish the contrasting stories above were wrong.

Robin Gilmour, Glasgow.

THINGS I CANNOT DO WITHOUT

A FEW months after a downsizing movement and still deliberating on an abundance of books, CDs, and DVDs, I found Teddy Jamieson’s take on the evolution of homeownership culture timely and timely. useful (“We are what we own? Maybe not now, The Herald,” June 25).

But the poster for the alluring lady with the long stockings was captioned “What if the Hokey Cokey IS really what it is?” Remains on the bedroom wall, along with my certificate as “Deputy Sheriff of Calton Creek,” appointed by legendary Bud Neill’s Lobey Dosser, with assistance from Tom Shields, the late Herald.

R Russell Smith, Largs.

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