CRC and Other pdf Stuff

February 19, 2013

Stateside Associates 2012-Local-Blogs

Impeachment Greg Kimsey Response

Jim Moeller, End of Session News

Board of Commissioners Rules of Practice and Ethics Code

House Passes Budget – Senate Does Not Act

A New Direction For America

http://tinyurl.com/kkgvye2

VA Budget Increase Labeled a Cut by Democrats

CRC Memo To Gov Inslee

In Our View: Leavitt Policy Shifts

Mayoral race about more than one issue

Dems Post Shutdown Email

Leavitt, 2009 Campaign Flyer

Leavitt, Tell Your Friends, It’s Time To Vote‏

A Tale of Two Cities – and their Emperors

Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet 2013

Impeachment

Moeller calls for state revenue rationality

Clark GOP Ripe For Ron Paul Takeover?

May 23, 2012

August 3, 2010

Ask any right winged blogger who was active in the 2008 campaign season that dared speak against twice failed presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas and you will be left with little doubt that devotees of his are mesmerized in cult like fashion. To speak against Paul amounts to blasphemy within the ranks of the political cult, eliciting angry and indignant responses of disbelief that you do not hang on his every utterance, as do his votary’s.

In spite of large amounts of money spent on Paul’s dismal campaign in 2008, he rarely exceeded 3% of votes in the primaries, which ardent devotees spun into victory for him with claims such as, “the best result of any third party candidate in any state.”

Paul secured the 1988 Libertarian nomination for president defeating American Indian activist Russell Means and criticizing President Ronald Reagan as a failure, citing high deficits. He lost with 0.5% of the popular vote.

In his failed 2008 presidential bid, he and his devotees constantly compared him to Reagan labeling him as the “new Reagan” leading Radley Balko, senior editor with Reason magazine to state in February 2007, “only [Ron] Paul can credibly lay claim to the legacy of the Reagan-Goldwater revolution.”

Unable to garner enough support to rise above single digit support in real polling, Paul dropped out of the race, criticizing the Republican Party and refusing to support the GOP nomination of John McCain/Sarah Palin and urging his followers to support Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party, Bob Barr of the Libertarian Party or Cynthia McKinney of the Green Party instead.

Sensing his pending failure in snatching the GOP nomination, Paul, once he dropped out of the race, used what was left of his campaign contributions to start a new political organization he labeled the Campaign For Liberty.

Starry eyed Paul votary’s flocked to the group in continuance of their cultish following of Paul as these same followers began implementing plans to take over the troubled Republican Party and rebuild it in the model of Ron Paul, continuing the “quiet take over” they had earlier hoped to use to propel their cult leader to the top of the GOP ticket and on to the presidency.

We saw this locally in Clark County Washington as devotees flooded into open positions for Precinct Committee Officer before party officials realized what they were doing. A few managed to obtain seats on the Executive Board and even fronted a candidate for the House of Representatives, but refusing to support other Republican candidates and nominations while demanding party support for their candidate.

That particular candidate failed to unseat the incumbent by the largest percentage of the vote in over 20 years.

Currently sitting on our Executive Board is one 911 Truther who never has anything positive to say about the GOP or America and one who strongly calls for sealing the border, but also strongly objects to any secondary measures set in place to capture any illegals who might circumvent Border Control measures, citing violations of his ‘civil liberties.’

Undeterred, efforts appear underway to stage what many might consider a “hostile takeover” of the party by Ron Paul loyalists as they are often seen making “points of order” at Central Committee Meetings that appear more designed to embarrass party leadership than to actually receive answers to questions that very well could have been easily answered over the phone.

In September 2007, as Paul’s doomed campaign was beginning, efforts to takeover the party were made known on a Ron Paul forum out of Minnesota when a recruiter from another group calling itself the Republican Liberty Caucus said,

“I know many of you probably are concerned that, by joining the Republicans you will be assimilated to the point where you may have to sacrifice your principles and beliefs. That is why I urge you to join us because we operate, although within the GOP, completely independent of the party’s leadership. None of our funds go to the Republican National Committee because we are well aware that their agenda is to elect people and not necessarily promote the ideals of liberty and freedom.”

Whether the groups blended or just adopted the strategy, we saw it unfolding throughout 2008 as mesmerized followers of Ron Paul acted out in just such a manner, leading to one prominent adherent being quoted in the press after the 2008 Washington State GOP Convention, “We are trying to integrate with the Republican Party; they see it as a take-over.”

If, as they continually claim, they are Republican, why the need to “integrate” with the party? Wouldn’t they already be members?

On an April 10, 2008 interview on American Underground Network, one well placed adherent said, “I am not here to tell you the Republican Party is Great… It has been high jacked by the Neo-Conservatives… and it has been altered from the time that they don’t even know what is right any more.”

This person also stated they were recently at a convention and the Platform Committee recommended do not pass on a resolution of loyalty to the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

This person went on to state that Ron Paul Libertarians must take over the Republican Party “the appropriate way and not by force.”

Strangely enough, for people claiming to be strict adherents to the constitution, they seem to ignore the Amendment process written into the constitution and all amendments, whether we like them or not individually, that were added by legal constitutional process.

It should be noted that most places you see the Republican Party set up you will also see a Campaign for Liberty next to or near by, instead of working with the party.

One Campaign For Liberty Blogsite lays out the steps they intend to use to “take over the Republican Party.”

Nothing they intend is actually illegal, mind you, but somewhat underhanded in implementation.

Their current goal is not to promote the Republican Party, but to embarrass or weaken it enough to make it an easier takeover, falsely thinking if they control the Party, Ron Paul’s message and intentions of isolationalism, auditing and ending the Federal Reserve and immediate abandonment of the fight against Terrorism, turning it over to hired mercenaries, that is outlawed by the Geneva Conventions, will bring peace to our country.

The very same message the country heard from Paul in 2008 and rejected.

Some efforts were launched at a takeover in 2008 as reported in the the Star-Telegram, St. Augustine.com, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and the Boston Globe.

What should be acknowledged locally is that current Clark County GOP Chair Ryan Hart’s efforts at raising the local party out of obscurity, such as the charity softball game between Democrats and Republicans this summer, securing the June 2010 State GOP Convention in Vancouver and lining up such notables as Michelle Malkin and former Massachusetts Governor and possible Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney as speakers, were largely unsupported by the Ron Paul supporters.

Ron Paul followers are an odd mix of people. Some Libertarians, some strong conservatives, some power hungry, some liberals with the anti-war lean and even a few 9/11 Truthers make up the mix, all vying to be the main force of the Republican Party.

Most all are admitted political novices, only getting involved in politics during Paul’s failed presidential campaign for the first time in their lives.

Still, nearly all agree that if only we would listen to Ron Paul, we too would agree and fall in behind him, ignoring that we already did hear Paul and rejected him. Much like a religious cult thinks, the prevailing attitude seems to be “listen to him and follow,” even if you don’t understand. Understanding will come to you later.

Undeterred by the outcome of the 2008 campaign and now emboldened by Paul’s CPAC straw poll win and his regaining the GOP nomination for his Texas District, scuttlebutt floating around Clark County of a pending attempted takeover of the Clark County GOP seems more relevant than ever before.

As scuttlebutt has it, a challenge is to be made to vote Ryan Hart out and in his place elect a Ron Paul supporter who intends to remake the Clark County GOP into a Ron Paul compatible party at the County Convention, March 20.

Rumors of this plan have been floating around for many months and with the County Convention just days away now, many Ron Paul leaning forums have gone strangely quiet.

Should this successfully happen, I have little doubt the party will go the way of the 2008 campaign and all gains made by Hart and the Executive Committee will be lost as bylaws and platform are rewritten in accordance with the views held by Paul and his followers, which could also include rehashing the 9/11 Truther movements claims.

With our economy in shambles and taxes rapidly rising, the last thing we need is for a group of political novices to seize power of the GOP just as it is again becoming a viable voice of opposition to the tax & spend Democrats.

For any PCO’s or Delegates reading this, I urge you to think back on who has worked hard to raise the party up and seek out strong candidates versus who continually tries to weaken and denigrate the current party.

I intend to be there and should this attempt at a takeover actually occur, I will support Ryan Hart and help him continue building the party properly, not hand it over to a fringe group of malcontents.

Merchant Marine Memorial Dedication

May 11, 2012

Merchant Marine Memorial Dedication Flyer

Ron Paul Request for Records

Valentines With Elvis

SPOOF News Release

February 28, 2012

Garbagemen for Ron Paul

WI Dem Chair – ‘We know where absentee ballots are at’

BENEFIT/ORIENTATION INFORMATION CLARK COLLEGE ADJUNCT FACULTY

December 13, 2010

BENEFIT/ORIENTATION INFORMATION CLARK COLLEGE

ADJUNCT FACULTY                                                               HUMAN RESOURCES

AHE

The Clark College Association for Higher Education is the exclusive bargaining representative for all full-time and adjunct faculty members.  A copy of the agreement may be accessed at http://intranet.clark.edu/college_information/policies_procedures/ahe_contract.pdf.

PAYDAYS / SALARY SCHEDULE

Adjunct faculty are paid semi-monthly on the 10th and 25th of each month.  If the paydate falls on a Saturday, payday will be the preceding Friday; if the paydate falls on a Sunday, payday will be the following Monday.  Adjunct Faculty salaries are negotiated, and can be found in the AHE agreement (see Appendix B).  An adjunct faculty becomes eligible for Affiliate status when they teach 9 quarters, accumulated since the 1993-94 academic year.

HEALTH INSURANCE / DENTAL INSURANCE

(See eligibility rules on pages 3 and 4 of this summary)  Medical and dental plans for employees and dependents are provided by the College through the Health Care Authority.  All eligible employees who are residents of Clark County are entitled to choose from the following medical plans: Uniform Medical, Kaiser Classic, Kaiser Value, and AETNA Public Employees Plan.  Residents of other counties may have additional options.  Choices for dental plans include:  Willamette Dental, Uniform Dental or DeltaCare Dental.

The College pays the major portion of the premium for medical and dental plans; however, medical plans do require employee contributions.  Employee premiums will be deducted from paychecks twice per month, with the exception of the first premium, which will be deducted on the 25th of the first month of eligibility.  Employees may waive medical coverage on themselves and their dependents; dental coverage may not be waived for the employee.  Coverage is effective the first day of the month after establishing eligibility, unless eligibility is established the first working day of the month, in which case coverage is effective on that day. Upon termination, retirement or loss of eligibility, coverage is effective through the last day of the month in which the event occurs.  It is the responsibility of employees to keep dependent coverage up-to-date when changes occur in marital status or dependent status.  Employees needing help with claims adjustment or having questions regarding medical or dental coverage should contact the appropriate insurance carrier.

RETIREMENT

Faculty hired at 50 percent or more of full-time employment for at least two consecutive quarters are required to participate in the TIAA/CREF Retirement Plan.  The State matches employee dollar contributions to the retirement plan.  Contribution rates are based on age, as follows:

under age 35:     5.0%                    age 35 to 49:     7.5%                       age 50:     10.0%

Eligibility for retirement continues each quarter unless the adjunct faculty does not work at all during one quarter (Fall or Winter or Spring).  According to WAC rule 131-16-021 (6), “Participants shall continue participation regardless of the proportion of full-time duties assigned, except as otherwise provided in this section, as long as continuously employed within the community and technical college system.” … “For the purposes of this section, spring and fall quarters shall be considered as consecutive periods of employment”.

LIFE INSURANCE / LONG TERM DISABILITY INSURANCE

Clark College also pays for the cost of basic life insurance ($25,000), and accidental death and dismemberment ($5,000) plans for all eligible adjunct employees.  Additional coverage under the life insurance plan is optional.  The monthly premium is based on your age.

Clark College pays for the cost of basic long-term disability coverage for all eligible adjunct employees (after a 90-day waiting period, the employee is paid $240 per month).  Optional LTD coverage will pay 60% of the employee’s salary after the waiting period chosen.  The premium is based on monthly salary.

Coverage for basic plans begins the first of the month following the beginning of the second consecutive quarter of half-time or more employment.  (If you begin work on the first working day of the month, then coverage begins that day).  Optional plan coverage is effective the first of the month following application or approval (if approval is required).  Please be aware that, if you have enrolled in optional life insurance coverage and you do not self pay during your period of ineligibility, once you return to eligible status, it will be necessary to provide evidence of insurability to request reinstatement of your previous life coverage.

SICK LEAVE

Adjunct faculty will earn a prorated portion of sick leave (based on full-time faculty load) of eight (8) hours of sick leave per month in each month in which compensation is received. Adjunct faculty may accrue sick leave from quarter to quarter, year to year without limit.

VOLUNTARY EMPLOYEE BENEFIT ASSOCIATION  (VEBA)

The VEBA plan allows participating employers to transfer funds equal to a retiree’s compensable sick leave buyout (at 25%) to a VEBA trust administered by a third party.  The funds are used to pay medical premiums and other uncovered medical expenses incurred by that retiree and the retiree’s spouse and qualified dependents.  The primary benefit of a VEBA plan is that the compensation amount of a retiree’s unused sick leave that is transferred to the plan is tax free.  For more information, see the AHE agreement.

TUITION WAIVER

Any adjunct faculty member who is teaching at least 50% of a load at Clark, may enroll in College classes on a space-available basis for $5 per quarter.  Tuition waiver forms are available in Human Resources.

COMMUTE TRIP REDUCTION

To receive a College-provided C-Tran bus pass, employees must first sign up to participate in the CTR program and agree to use the bus at least 60% of the time to commute to and from work.  For enrollment information, contact Human Resources at 992-2381.

FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT

With a Flexible Spending Account you can set aside money before taxes (i.e., before Federal Income, Social Security and Medicare taxes) to pay for your out-of-pocket health care expenses such as deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance, and prescription drug costs.  As you incur eligible costs throughout the year, you submit a claim form and documentation of your costs, and you will be reimbursed with funds from your FSA account, avoiding taxes.

DEPENDENT CARE ASSISTANCE SALARY REDUCTION

The State of Washington Dependent Care Assistance Salary Reduction Plan, provides a way to set aside a “before tax” portion of gross salary (i.e., before Federal Income, Social Security and Medicare taxes) to reimburse eligible dependent care expenses.  Salary reduction is accomplished in equal contributions each regular pay period and deposited into a dependent care account.

TAX SHELTERS

As provided under Section 403B and 457 of the Internal Revenue Code, employees of non-profit institutions may shelter a portion of their income.  Tax shelters provide a way to postpone paying federal income tax on a portion of income by reducing that income in peak earning years and setting that portion aside in order to provide additional retirement income.  The portion sheltered or deferred will be taxed at a later time, when an employee is likely to be in a lower tax bracket.  Faculty members are encouraged to call Clark College Human Resources at 992-2119 for additional information or assistance.

LONG TERM CARE

A long term care plan is available to employees through John Hancock.  For more information or to request an enrollment kit, call 1-800-399-7271 or visit the John Hancock Long-Term Care website at http://pebbltc.jhancock.com.  User ID:  pebbltc     Password: jhancock

How do employees establish eligibility for PEBB benefits?

WAC 182-12-114 (3)

(3) Faculty are eligible as follows:

(a) Determining eligibility. “Half-time” means one-half of the full-time academic workload as determined by each institution, except that half-time for community and technical college faculty employees is governed by RCW 28B.50.489.

(i) Upon employment: Faculty who the employing agency anticipates will work half-time or more for the entire instructional year, or equivalent nine-month period, are eligible from the date of employment.

(ii) For faculty hired on quarter/semester to quarter/semester basis: Faculty who the employing agency anticipates will not work for the entire instructional year, or equivalent nine-month period, are eligible at the beginning of the second consecutive quarter or semester of employment in which he or she is anticipated to work, or has actually worked, half-time or more. Spring and fall may be considered consecutive quarters/semesters when first establishing eligibility.

(iii) Upon revision of anticipated work pattern: Faculty who receive additional workload after the beginning of the anticipated work period (quarter, semester, or instructional year), such that their workload meets the eligibility criteria of (a)(i) or (ii) of this subsection become eligible when the revision is made.

(b) Stacking. Faculty may establish eligibility and maintain the employer contribution toward insurance coverage by working as faculty for more than one institution of higher education. When a faculty works for more than one institution of higher education, the faculty must notify his or her employing agencies that he or she works at more than one institution and may be eligible through stacking.

(c) PEBB benefits begin.

(i) PEBB benefits begin on the first day of the month following the day the faculty becomes eligible. If the faculty becomes eligible on the first working day of a month, PEBB benefits begin on that date.

(ii) For faculty hired on a quarter/semester to quarter/semester basis under (a)(ii) of this subsection, PEBB benefits begin the first day of the month following the beginning of the second quarter/semester of half-time or more employment. If the first day of the second consecutive quarter/semester is the first working day of the month, PEBB benefits begin at the beginning of the second consecutive quarter/semester.

WAC 182-12-114 (3)

How do eligible employees maintain the employer contribution toward insurance coverage?

(3) Maintaining the employer contribution – eligible faculty.

(a) Benefits-eligible faculty anticipated to work the entire instructional year or equivalent nine-month period (eligible under WAC 182-12-114 (3)(a)(i)) are eligible for the employer contribution each month of the instructional year, except as described in subsection (7) of this section.

(b) Benefits-eligible faculty who are hired on a quarter/semester to quarter/semester basis (eligible under WAC 182-12-114 (3)(a)(ii)) are eligible for the employer contribution each quarter or semester in which the employee works half-time or more.

(c) Summer or off-quarter/semester coverage: All benefits-eligible faculty (eligible under WAC 182-12-114(3)) who work an average of half-time or more throughout the entire instructional year or equivalent nine-month period and work each quarter/semester of the instructional year or equivalent nine-month period are eligible for the employer contribution toward summer or off-quarter/semester insurance coverage.

Exception: Eligibility for the employer contribution toward summer or off-quarter/semester insurance coverage ends on the end date specified in an employing agency’s termination notice or an employee’s resignation letter, whichever is earlier, if the employing agency has no anticipation that the employee will be returning as faculty at any institution of higher education where the employee has employment.

(d) Two-year averaging: All benefits-eligible faculty (eligible under WAC 182-12-114(3)) who worked an average of half-time or more in each of the two preceding academic years are potentially eligible to receive uninterrupted employer contribution to PEBB benefits. “Academic year” means summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters or summer, fall, and spring semesters and begins with summer quarter/semester. In order to be eligible for the employer contribution through two-year averaging, the faculty must provide written notification of his or her potential eligibility to his or her employing agency or agencies within the deadlines established by the employing agency or agencies. Faculty continue to receive uninterrupted employer contribution for each academic year in which they:

(i) Are employed on a quarter/semester to quarter/semester basis and work at least two quarters or two semesters; and

(ii) Have an average workload of half-time or more for three quarters or two semesters.

Eligibility for the employer contribution under two-year averaging ceases immediately if the eligibility criteria is not met or if the eligibility criteria becomes impossible to meet.

(e) Faculty with gaps of eligibility for the employer contribution: All benefits-eligible faculty (eligible under WAC 182-12-114(3)) who lose eligibility for the employer contribution will regain it if they return to a faculty position where it is anticipated that they will work half-time or more for the quarter/semester no later than the twelfth month after the month in which they lost eligibility for the employer contribution. The employer contribution begins on the first day of the month in which the quarter/semester begins.

. . .
(7) The employer contribution to PEBB insurance coverage ends in any one of these circumstances for all employees:

(a) When the employee fails to maintain eligibility for the employer contribution as indicated in the criteria in subsection (1) through (6) of this section.

(b) When the employment relationship is terminated. As long as the employing agency has no anticipation that the employee will be rehired, the employment relationship is terminated:

(i) On the date specified in an employee’s letter of resignation; or

(ii) On the date specified in any contract or hire letter or on the effective date of an employer-initiated termination notice.

(c) When the employee moves to a position that is not anticipated to be eligible for benefits under WAC 182-12-114, not including changes in position due to a layoff.

The employer contribution toward PEBB medical, dental and life insurance for an employee, spouse, Washington state registered domestic partner, or child ceases at 12:00 midnight, the last day of the month in which the employee is eligible for the employer contribution under this rule.

Clark College Human Resources – April 28, 2010 i:/Benefits/BEOI/Faculty-Adjunct/BEOI-ADJ 2010-0428.doc

Why Oppose Assisted Suicide?

January 4, 2009

1)     The notion of helping people to die is contrary to the core of medicine.

In Oregon, only a handful of physicians have written lethal prescriptions over the past 10 years, and only about 1 death in a thousand happens this way. The overwhelming majority of physicians and terminally ill patients essentially vote against PAS.

2)     We should not take the step of making medical care merely another commodity for which there is a supply and a demand — i.e., whatever (legal thing) the patient wants, the patient gets.

Think about patient "rights" to receive antibiotics any time they wish; pain killers dispensed on demand; teen boys able to demand steroid hormones for body building. Someone might question why the doctor gets to impose his or her views on these people if they’re willing to take the risks, but physicians need to be able to operate within a code of ethics and without the expectation that "what a patient wants, the patient gets." This will lead to the Kevorkian ethical standard becoming the norm.

3)     The Oregon law has seen a lot of abuse, despite what the newspapers editorialize.

None of the Oregon assisted suicide patients last year were referred for evaluation for depression: it would be nearly a statistical impossibility for none of the terminally ill patients to have been depressed. In fact a recent study at OHSU suggests that 20-25% were clinically depressed. But no one is looking over the shoulders of the assisted-suicide activists as they arrange for lethal prescriptions. The Oregon Public Health Division has zero resources for it.

4)     Accepting this will start us down the road to worse abuses.

This isn’t speculation — it’s already happened. In Oregon, at least one patient was injected with lethal medication despite the fact that the law prohibits it. Another elderly woman, somewhat demented, was pressured by her daughter to get a lethal prescription — doctors’ notes say that the woman herself didn’t really seem to want it. In Europe, euthanasia is already becoming commonplace. A Princeton professor has written about a "duty to die" for people whom society finds no longer useful.

 

Southwest Washington Medical Center Board of Directors

January 4, 2009

Dr. Twyla Barnes, Chairwoman                         

SWMC Board of Directors                                                               

Educational Service District #112                                       

2500 NE 65th Ave.                                                

Vancouver, WA 98661-6812                                            

 

Mr. Lee Kearney, Vice Chair

SWMC Board of Directors

7611 Evergreen Highway

Vancouver, WA 98664     

 

Mr. Ron Prill, Treasurer

SWMC Board of Directors

5807 NW El Rey Drive

Camas, WA 98607     

 

Ms. Judi Brenes, Secretary

SWMC Board of Directors

2519 NW 91st St

Vancouver, WA 98665

 

Mr. Dick Boyd

SWMC Board of Directors

Boyd Coffee Co.

19730 NE Sandy Blvd.

Portland, OR 97230

 

Mr. Brett Bryant

SWMC Board of Directors

2506 SE 125th Ave.

Vancouver, WA 98683

 

Mr. Thomas G. Burkholder

SWMC Board of Directors

4705 Cady Court  

Vancouver, WA 98663     

 

Nicholas Carulli, M.D.

SWMC Board of Directors

304 North Lieser Rd.

Vancouver, WA 98664     

 

Mr. David Nierenberg

SWMC Board of Directors

19605 NE 8th Street

Camas, WA 98607

 

Rev. Robert Rhodes

SWMC Board of Directors

300 W. 8th St.

Vancouver, WA 98660

 

George B. Shanno, M.D.

SWMC Board of Directors

200 NE Mother Joseph Place, Ste. 110

Vancouver, WA 98664

 

Donald M. Thompson, M.D.

SWMC Board of Directors

505 NE 87th Ave., St. 120

Vancouver, WA 98664

 

Mr. John White

SWMC Board of Directors

BERGER/ABAM Engineers

1111 Main St #300       

Vancouver 98660-2914

 

Mr. Joseph M. Kortum, President/CEO

Southwest Washington Medical Center

P. O. Box 1600

Vancouver, WA 98668

 

               

Example Letter From Healthcare Professionals to Facilities

January 4, 2009

As a (physician, nurse, pharmacist, health care professional) working at _________ (hospital, clinic, long-term care facility or medical center), I believe that the duty of health care professionals is to protect the lives of those entrusted to our treatment and care. Medically vulnerable patients place their trust in me each day—they trust that I will care for them to the best of my ability, that I will comfort them when I can no longer heal them, and that I will always treat them with dignity and with respect.  They trust _____________ (hospital or facility)  to do the same—patients and their families trust that when they enter our doors, we will provide the best of care in an environment that is safe and conducive to healing.

 

It is in this context of trust that I want to express my deep concern over the recent passage of Initiative 1000, which legalizes physician-assisted suicide in Washington state. The American Medical Association and 49 of its state chapters have declared that they do not support the practice of physician-assisted suicide. The Washington State Medical Association announced in July of this year that physician-assisted suicide is “fundamentally incompatible with the role of physicians as healers.” I believe, along with the WSMA and many of my fellow health care professionals, that physician-assisted suicide endangers vulnerable patients and is incompatible with good medicine.

 

In Oregon, many institutions have adopted policies that do not allow employed physicians to write lethal prescriptions, hospital pharmacies to dispense lethal prescriptions, or lethal prescriptions to be administered on hospital premises. The conscience clause of I-1000 makes clear that health care providers may opt out of participating in assisted suicide.  In addition, health care facilities may prohibit health care providers from participating on their premises by following the law’s simple procedures.  (See Section 19 of I-1000.) I urge ____________  (hospital or medical center) to refuse to allow assisted suicide and to continue to offer excellent treatment, care, and comfort to our terminally ill and dying patients. 

 

__________ needs to continue to be a safe harbor for patients and families. I believe that many members of the community will steer clear of any facility which supports and practices physician-assisted suicide and instead seek health care in an institution they can trust with their lives. Obviously, the provision of lethal drug overdoses is the antithesis of safe care. Additionally, since the practice  is controversial, it is likely to divide staff, cause conflict between patients and their families, and encourage legal complaints.

 

I have always appreciated the excellent standard of care we offer at _____________ . For me, it is an honor and a privilege to be a member of our health care team and to work alongside other professionals who share my passion for truly compassionate care. It is because I honor the ‘do no harm’ philosophy at the heart of medicine and because I care deeply for the well-being of my patients that I urge (hospital, clinic, facility) to reject all participation in assisted suicide.  

  Sincerely,

Example Letter From Patients to SWMC

January 4, 2009

Dear _____________ :

 

I am writing to thank you for Southwest Washington Medical Center’s tradition of excellent care for the sick and suffering in our community. It is a tradition I hope you will continue to honor and support in the years to come, as the people who live here have placed their trust in your corporate role as caregiver.

 

It is in regard to this trust in Southwest’s continued excellent care that I am writing. The passage of Initiative 1000, which legalized physician-assisted suicide in Washington state, undermines this trust.  It leaves people frightened and doubtful about whether or not they will continue to receive good care in a medical environment that allows the intentional ending of life.

 

I recently read that the American Medical Association, as well as 49 of its state chapters, has declared that it does not support the practice of physician-assisted suicide. The Washington State Medical Association announced in July of this year that physician-assisted suicide is “fundamentally incompatible with the role of physicians as healers.” I believe, along with the WSMA, that physician-assisted suicide contradicts the very mission of healthcare, and it endangers vulnerable patients who deserve care and comfort throughout their illness.

 

In Oregon, many institutions have adopted policies that do not allow employed physicians to write lethal prescriptions, pharmacies to dispense lethal prescriptions, or lethal prescriptions to be administered on institutional premises. The conscience clause of I-1000 makes clear that health care providers may opt out of participating in assisted suicide.  In addition, health care facilities may prohibit health care providers from participating on their premises by following the law’s simple procedures.  (See Section 19 of I-1000.) I urge Southwest Washington Medical Center to refuse to allow assisted suicide and to continue to offer excellent treatment, care, and comfort to people who are terminally ill and dying.  

 

If Southwest continues its life-affirming and comfort-enhancing mission by not participating in assisted suicide, I will surely continue to support and patronize your facility and encourage family and friends to do likewise.  I know that my family, friends, and many members of our community will join me in supporting health care providers we can trust with our lives.

 

 I look forward to hearing that Southwest Washington Medical Center will not allow the practice of physician-assisted suicide on its premises or by its employees. Please contact me to notify me of your decision.  My contact information is as follows: _______________________.  Thank you for your consideration in this all-important matter. 

 

Sincerely,

 

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