- Euthanasia already happening in hospitals – PM
Dominion Post 23 Aug 2012Prime Minister John Key says euthanasia already happens in our hospitals – and if he was terminally ill, he would consider it. Doctors disagreed with him last night, saying his view of the situation was too simplistic. Mr Key said yesterday that he could understand the argument that legalising euthanasia might put pressure on the elderly to end their lives early, in the face of “rapacious grandkids”, but “I don’t really buy that argument”. “I think there’s a lot of euthanasia that effectively happens in our hospitals,” he told Newstalk ZB. “. . . If I had terminal cancer, I had a few weeks to live, I was in tremendous amount of pain – if they just effectively wanted to turn off the switch and legalise that by legalising euthanasia, I’d want that.”Ian Powell, director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, which represents senior doctors, said he did not think euthanasia was happening in hospitals the way Mr Key made it out to be. “The situation is much more complex than that . . . Sometimes continuing a treatment can prolong the agony for a patient, and not even keep the patient alive. “By not prolonging the agony . . . even though the intent is not for the patient to die, it is sometimes a consequence.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7530298/Euthanasia-already-happening-in-hospitals-PM
- Thornton proves mettle at Dacotah’s Iron Man 100
Christopher Zenz also had to work his way to the front, then duel with Paul Schuh before taking the Mach-1 Sport Compact checkers. MANDAN, N.D. (June 1) – Ricky Thornton Jr. proved his mettle in Saturday’s 100-lap Iron Man main event for IMCA Modifieds at Dacotah Speedway. Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Tom Berry Jr.; 3. Marlyn Seidler; 4. Robert Hellebust; 5. Casey Arneson; 6. Jeremy Keller; 7. Shawn Strand; 8. Spencer Wilson; 9. Jason Wolla; 10. Mike Hansen; 11. Travis Hagen; 12. Tracy Domagala; 13. Chris Schroeder; 14. Josh Rogotzke; 15. Jesse Skalicky; 16. William Kendall; 17. Marcus Tomlinson; 18. Zach Dockter; 19. Tyler Hall; 20. Josh Eberhardt; 21. Mark Dahl; 22. Travis Ulmer; 23. Travis Tooley; 24. Dylan Goplen. Thornton had driven away from the rest of the field from his outside front row starting spot but his huge lead was erased by a lap 21 caution. Sport Compacts – 1. Christopher Zenz; 2. Paul Schuh; 3. Corey Helgeson; 4. Stan Thompson; 5. Alex Thompson; 6. Zachary Ihly; 7. James Gilbert; 8. Craig Kastner; 9. Tanner Hofer; 10. Michael Perry; 11. John Avard; 12. Ben Schmidt; 13. Jayde Satcho; 14. Braydee Hanson; 15. Andy Reed. When the race resumed, Thornton retook the lead and pulled away. Seidler made a late-race pass of Hellebust to grab third. Kelly Henderson started 11th and finished first in the opening night feature for Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods following the 2Strong Summer Dirt Series. Chase Conway battled Henderson before ending in second. In a replay from their opening night qualifying feature finish, Thornton and Tom Berry Jr. ran 1-2 in the finale at Mandan. Marlyn Seidler, Robert Hellebust and Casey Arneson rounded out the top five. As a result, he took home $5,000 from his latest Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying victory. Northern SportMods – 1. Kelly Henderson; 2. Chase Conway; 3. Erik Laudenschlager; 4. Brady Bjella; 5. Isaac Sondrol; 6. Brock Beeter; 7. Luke Johnson; 8. Kyle Krogh; 9. Eric Paul; 10. Luke Krogh; 11. Philip Keller; 12. Deryk Keller; 13. Jeff Bieber; 14. Cole Hanshew; 15. Paul Wanner; 16. Logan Schmitz; 17. Robby Rosselli; 18. Evan Morast; 19. Dennis Chapman; 20. Darren Medler; 21. Zach Frederick; 22. Chad Strachen; 23. Jordan Braun; 24. Chaz Mosby. Ricky Thornton Jr. ventured to Dacotah Speedway to top the $5,000 to win IMCA Modified Iron Man main event. (Photo by Layn Mudder) Berry slipped by Thornton following the restart and pulled a disappearing act of his own before the mandatory lap 50 caution.