Hear Robert Baxter’s Daughter Speak of Her Father’s Death

by jhwygirl

I wrote the other day about Dr. Tom Preston, who will be speaking in Missoula on Tuesday regarding dying and death with dignity issues. In that post, I spoke briefly about the issue of physician-assisted death with dignity, and how our legislators on both sides of the aisle need to come together with solutions on this constitutional right guaranteed to all Montanans.

We can not write a law making this illegal, regardless of what Rep. Greg Hinkle, of Thompson Falls thinks.

In fact, Rep. Hinkle is apparently no fan of Montana’s constitution…which is really pretty messed up, him being a legislator charged with helping write and review proposed laws. And vote on ’em.

Roberta King speaks of her father, Robert Baxter – a 76-year old truck driver from Billings who suffered from lympocytic leukemia and died while waiting for the courts to decide whether he had a choice in his own dignified death:

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  1. There’s nothing so detestable as nosey religious zealots butting into personal freedoms, but getting between a patient and his doctor is the last straw. We need to stand up for the right to pursue our own happiness whether or not religious zealots agree.

  2. Ingemar Johansson

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
    Because their words had forked no lightning they
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
    And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
    Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    And you, my father, there on the sad height,
    Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    -Dylan Thomas

    A firm pillow cased in white
    Silenced screams if held so tight
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light

    • Ingemar Johansson

      …….or this one.

      A monitor with flashing lights
      Pulled the cords with all my might
      Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

      Any one got some better ones?

      • physician assisted suicide is not murder, bs. no matter how much you want to interject your own personal values into our bedrooms. (values by the way, which i have little regard for)

        when a person pleads for a little help from his physician it is no-one’s business but his. supreme court ruled on this already.

        twisting dylan thomas’s words to fit the insane rhetoric of the far right will not change that decision.

        Montana’s justices have spoken…. you bunch of nosey busy bodies can mind your own business and leave peoples personal decisions regarding their lives and their physicians alone.

  3. Ingemar Johansson

    Idling Olds with Dad contrite
    Garage door shut good and tight
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light

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