Wednesday February 6, 2013

I am responding to the Death with Dignity bill to be considered.

There are many questions that should be considered and one that I think quite important. We are God’s creation. We have a reason to be here or we would not have been created. Scripture points out we have a definite reason to be here. Chief of which is to keep His commandments and get ready so when we leave this earth we can report we have kept thy commandments and our Father can welcome us back. Now according to the communication in today’s Banner a person stated he is in charge of his destiny. We all are; we can’t choose the consequence of our actions. I am 90 so I am at the twilight of my life. Since I am by myself now I don’t really care about life, but then again ask yourself God created life who has the right to take it?

In making a decision, have all possibilities been exhausted? Have you read your Scriptures? Have you prayed about decisions? What does God think about it?

Our Father in heaven does answer prayer.

JOHN WANDREI

North Bennington

Not gun control but mental health reform

The senate and president are spending precious time drumming up support for a bill reinstating the failed 1994 ban on semi-automatic rifles and magazines as well as implement, "universal background checks" that would create a federal gun registry. Responsible gun owners did not participate in any school shootings or murder-suicides and to punish them or restrict their rights is universally acknowledged as ineffective and inappropriate.

The reasons behind the Sandy Hook shooting and others are well known and understood by the general population to be a failed mental health system combined with the abuse of and adverse effects of psychiatric drugs and antidepressants. Dr. Julian Whitaker, a well-known and respected physician, researcher and author published an article recently wherein he listed 14 school shootings and 10 murder-suicides where the investigations have been completed. The findings show that, "all were committed by individuals who have been positively identified as having been taking or withdrawing from antidepressants or other psychiatric drugs."

We as members of the Vermont voting public are saddened by the lack leadership in the U.S. Senate. That body cannot produce a budget in 4 years but can produce a gun control measure in 2 weeks. These politically motivated actions are very divisive and are not constructive. To do so does not advance the public welfare.

We have urged our Vermont senators to not participate in the folly of gun control but actively seek a means to positively promote the public good by encouraging and supporting mental health reform.

ALEXIS & SAUNDRA DUBOIS

Swanton