Thank you for this beautifully written piece. What we advocate is OPTIONS and CHOICE. May you die the way you wish, and may I be granted the same privilege. Aid in Dying is just that let me live and die MY WAY.
Having watched as so many die over a 40 year career as a nurse. Having watched as so many died in my family, starting at age 6. Having seen so many struggle with chronic, even though not fatal, but so debilitating disease.....there are absolutely NO simple answers here, or anywhere.
I firmly believe that chronic/nearly terminal/terminal illnesses MUST be approached with the focus on the patient's wishes, & their family & significant others. As bizarre as it seems at the moment, so many, many DO NOT make plans, give guidanc tor their loved ones as they approach their final moments, and certainly, nothing legal to give guidance. All too many times, what I've heard is "you know what I want" to be completly dissected by oposing viewpoints not familiar to all the family members.
As a retired nurse, as a family member, as a friend who has so often witnessed the struggle of the dying and their families, I have to repeat, once again, PLEASE TALK TO YOUR LOVED ONES ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO/HAVE/ NOT HAVE, when dying. Otherwise, you & your loved one's wishes will be taken out of your hands, including the Do Not Resuscitate orders.
I watched my nephew die of MS. No one, should have to suffer like he did, it's not compassionate nor human. We treat animals better.
Thank you for a beautifully written article. Holding my loved one as she died in my arms from many illnesses, I know the "letting go" of the process. Both of us let go and I continued without her. It was hard for the first years, but now in the 5th year since her passing, I am happy to be alive and productive. Thanks again for a poignant piece on a topic too many want to avoid.
My body, my choice.
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but what your friends in Colorado didn't know is that Southern Arizona.......The City of Tucson and Pima County is left of SF and Seattle!
I'm so glad someone is bringing this up here. Bravo! Please have this guest columnist back - maybe a regular column? Thank you Katherine.
Fantastic article! Keep it up! Write more!
This is a valid criticism of how modernism played out in Tucson, but the irony is that modernism was rooted in the idea of inexpensive, good design available to all. One of the grandfathers of modernism, Gerrit Reitveld, famously took the crates that expensive custom furniture was delivered in and used the material to fashion a line of easy to build, simple but good looking furniture. The origin of the modern movement was in the Bauhaus, a movement and organization that turned its back on fancy and costly adornment and sought to bring good simple design to everyone. Corbusier was far more interested in designing public housing than fancy furniture. Many of the founders of modernism would find the costly stylization that later marked the movement to be antithetical to their own principles, rooted as they were in early 20th century social democracy. Plywood, concrete, post and beam, glass brick, these were cheap ways to build beautiful things. Modernism was meant to be an artistic mass movement, to free people from the consumerism of disposable fashion, not a status symbol machine to produce disposable fashion. That said, now that modern architecture exists in Tucson, the best thing to do is embrace it, restore it, and avoid another hideous cycle of destruction, redevelopment and bubble economics.
An environment was ripe for the harvest. The neglect of the habitants to realize the bounty is whose fault? Would Tucson be a better place if Donkey carts were the means of transportation? Tucson is today because of what was. Perhaps it would be better if the desert had overtaken its boundaries and left hints of its past like a Mayan Ruin for future inquisitors? Its a fucking golden age for all especially for La Familia Otero. History , check it out.....
If her quote is correct, Nintzel said it was a golden era for Tucson. Did he say "Golden era for architecture?" If he didn't, then she's right. She seems to be responding to him, not Modernism Week organizers. There are no golden days hidden amid Tucson's Anglo-centric past. Most of the 20th century was a period of cultural genocide here, including architecture. Yes, we should celebrate architecture and preserve it, but let's not try to redefine our history. That architecture exists largely because rich developers destroyed something else to build it.
When you use code words like "east side" you really discredit the many Americans of Mexican descent that earned the right to afford to live there through hard work and perseverance.
Why do you do that to us?
Modernism week celebrates a style of architecture, that's all. Your commentary unfolds into a much broader theme that has nothing to do with Modernism Week or the people who put it on. In fact, they most likely would agree with you on most of the points you make in your opinion piece. Tucson Historical Preservation is committed to saving all architectural styles associated with the rich cultural heritage of Tucson's past. Modernism Week represents only one part of that history. As a life-long fan of Modernism I am aware many people don't appreciate it - or even know how to look at it (I'm not suggesting the author is guilty of the latter), so I'm compelled to voice my opposition to the notion that preservation is exclusively reserved for older, decorative styles.
I grew up in the "Golden Age" of SEX - after penicillin and before AIDS!
Great job, and I love the book.
Arizona needs to eliminate all non-medical vaccine exemptions. Just like California, Mississippi and West Virginia, Arizona needs to pass law so that the only students who can attend school unvaccinated are those with a valid medical exemption. There are too many parents not-vaccinating and we are at grave risk for increasing outbreaks of measles and whooping cough. I state this as a pediatrician who is tired of seeing outbreaks of such diseases increasingly occur in Arizona--Chris Hickie, MD, PhD
The right to exemption based on personal beliefs is protected by state law and beyond the authority of TUSD to change. What the TUSD board can control is disclosure of immunization data.
I respectfully disagree. Since there is no verifiable or scientific debate about the value of immunization sin places where large numbers of people congregate, schools should simply not be permitted to be "unimmunized." It should simply be a rehire net for school attendance.
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