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FROM THE EDITOR: Because We Care

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Readers’ responses to the most recent editor’s letter, which objected to the very human but dangerous tendency to create pleasant-sounding phrases, or more often acronyms, to refer to things that make us uncomfortable (such as medically assisted suicide), almost unanimously applauded my position. I was a bit surprised, given that most of the letters responding to the June editor’s letter supported legislation making medical assistance in dying available, but I shouldn’t have been. Getting a lot of mail in response to something in print is a sign that readers care about a subject. Many people—perhaps most—won’t respond unless you touch...

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FROM THE EDITOR: A Rose Is a Rose

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  In the last issue, I wrote in this space that we’d like to hear your views on medical assistance in dying, and it’s clearly a subject about which Good Times readers have strong opinions. We got more letters in response to that request than we’ve received on almost any other subject. The letters you’ll find elsewhere on this site are just a small sampling of the many that came in. All but one supports making an assisted death available to those who would choose it, as did most of your letters. The majority view seems motivated by concern for...

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EDITORIAL: How Far Do We Go?

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FROM THE EDITOR How Far Do We Go?   Our mailbag recently included a letter suggesting that we tackle the subject of Bill C-14, the federal legislation to allow “medical assistance in dying,” or assisted suicide. I don’t know about you, but the subject makes me distinctly uncomfortable. My initial reaction to the current debate has a lot to do with my views about suicide itself. When I was younger, I studied moral philosophy and spent many hours struggling to think through my positions on basic principles of morality and ethics, and on the ethical issues of the day. My...

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Editorial: Any Suggestions?

Posted by Murray Lewis on

According to a recent news item, a well-known Canadian has sold his Toronto house for $5 million less than its estimated value. It’s hard to grasp at first the significance of that figure: $5 million is not the value of his house; it’s merely the difference between the asking price and what someone paid him for it. And yet, for that much money, you could buy a whole bunch of houses like mine. The $5 million figure struck me because I was already thinking a thought that makes me pretty much like almost everyone else: it would be nice to...

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Editorial: Happy Spring!

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Editorial: Happy Spring! You’ll notice—when you have the April issue in your hands—that the magazine doesn’t look quite the way it did last month. Welcome to your newly redesigned Good Times. (Feel free to go exploring—I’ll be here when you get back.) Spring, that most life-affirming time of the year, is almost upon us, a time of new beginnings and rebirth. It’s the perfect time to throw open the windows and air the place out, to clean, polish, buff, dust, blow away the odd cobweb, and perhaps even shift some of the furniture to create a more comfortable living space...

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