Versailles News: Life is not pain free


We Americans have been so manipulated. It could be our mass media and Hollywood or it could be the capitalists, advertisers, politicians, educators, and/or physicians which collectively shaped the minds of our Western Culture. I suppose there is plenty of blame to go around, including every person that crumbled under the weight society placed upon values.

We have become a culture that seeks pleasure and happiness and believes pain and suffering should be avoided at all costs. Someone needs to speak the truth of this world. We are born, we labor (struggle), we die. Life has its ups and downs, its joys and its sorrows. Pain and suffering has its rightful place in the circle of life. The person with a facelift or tummy tuck may defy time but never the Grim Reaper.

Sometimes medicine, despite all means known to this present day, cannot take us beyond our mortal limitations. Despite our hopes to be pain free it is not always possible and we may have to live for years in pain, but eventually we do pass on. That’s not morbid, it’s factual. No one gets out of this world alive!

We have become so adverse to pain that doctor prescribed assisted suicides are legal in five states; California, Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Colorado and the District of Columbia. Sixteen additional states have placed the law on their ballot. They have been incorrectly termed mercy killings, but such actions are neither merciful to the suffering nor to the person assisting.

The assisted suicide law allows physicians to prescribe a lethal overdose for those who are considered “terminally ill”, meaning they would only have six months or fewer to live. But terminally ill has been broadly interpreted to include those that could live many years with treatment; such as diabetes, HIV, or hepatitis.

In other states there have been cases of life saving medical treatment being denied to patients with significant disabilities or birth defects, as well as doctors persuading family members to sign a Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR). We can no longer presume a general respect of life among doctors, families or patients. Some families cannot stand up to the financial burden, some patients weaken in suffering and doctors are no longer bound to the Hippocratic oath; a moral code for ethical conduct and practice in medicine to do no harm.

Sometimes perfectly good items, such as computers and clothing become obsolete or outdated, in which case perfectly functional items are tossed on the junkyard heap. But human life should never be treated like a disposable piece of equipment. Human life is invaluable.

Those who say it’s their life and their choice are wrong. None of us own ourselves we did not create ourselves nor do we have the right to kill ourselves. We belong to our creator, His rules prevail, never ours.


Saturday, September 9 the 2nd Annual Darke County Aviation Day will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. This is a free event with experimental and ultralight aircrafts on display, free EAA Young Eagle Flights for those aged 8-17, and educational talks from private pilots and airport managers. There will be lunch trucks available so you can enjoy the day without hunger pangs.

Tuesday, September 12 Worch Library hosts a knitting circle at 6 p.m. and on Wednesday, September 13 Worch Library will show the MGM movie “The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima” at 2 p.m. I hope you enjoy this movie as much as I do.

Happy birthday 98th birthday to Cyril Frantz, also birthday wishes to Selena Barga (1), Huxley Murphy (1), Ezra Quatman (1), Jane Pierron, Carolyn Armstrong, Karen Holsapple, Chris Lennon, Carol Frey, Benita Jenkinson, Oliver Brunswick, Michelle Fortkamp, Dawn Petitjean, Karen Platfoot, Savannah Maxwell, Charlie Hartzell, Jessica Smith, Vivian Huwer, Betty Pothast, Vickie Barhorst, Jennifer Mertz, Amy Rismiller, Chloe and Grace Francis, Leah Schmitmeyer, Linda Grisez, Alex Boerger, Jim Kelch, Miriam Poling, Brian Collins, Ben Klipstine, Marianne Unger, Nikki Roll, Lynn Gerling, Elijah Miller, Natalie Hite, Sarah Rhoads, Mary (Leggs) Francis, Orville Borchers, Jacob Grow, Christina Bowersock, Leigh Fletcher, Matt Mangen, Wyatt Murphy, Roger Bey, Julie Strait, Scott Langston, Bill Pohlman, Elain Marshall, Jean Worden, Scott Mumaw, Mike Fourman, Jody Curtis, Elaine Peck, Bill Rindler, Anne Cox, Connie Harshbarger, and Kristina Stout as their birthdays approach as well as, anniversary wishes to Kat and Jeff Unger (9), Netti and John Worden, Natalie and Craig Bruns (19), Barbara and Tom Sanderson (22), Tammy and Bryan Shafer (23), Cathy and Scott Peters (24), Carla and Mike Drees (27), Julie and Kevin Didier (28), Jenny and Tom Crandall (28), Kathy and Carl Bensman (28), Cindy and Jeff Langston (30), Deb and Les Ward (30), Doris and Bob Goubeaux (37), Sue and Pastor Dennis Mohler (39), Cindy and Joe DeMange (40), Deb and Fred Bruns (41), Carol and Mike William (43), Karen and Eldon Schultz (44), Mary Lou and Jim Nerderman (47), Linda and Pastor Wilson (48), Rosie and Dean Derr (50), Alma and Louis May (52), Ethel and Carl McEldowney, Norma and Lester Monnin (53), and Joann and Jerry Wilker (58).

Please give your supportive and healing prayers for the many who are dealing with any of life’s countless challenges, and especially for Ed Bulcher, Todd Richhart, Patty Jenkinson (knee surgery), Janie Huber, Mary Margaret Fullenkamp, Aiden Meyer, Sylvester Meyer, Terry Buteau, Earl Gigandet, Madison Berger, Tony Gehret, Terry & Donna Black, Norbert “John” Magoto, Phyllis Oliver, Lucy Hole, Susie Barga, Bob Longenecker, Arlene Pohl, Mary Phlipot, Jerry Paulus, Tim Bayless, Pooch Barga, Anthony “Bucky” Francis, Chris Apple, Wilma Heiby, Carl DeMange, Rosie Cordonnier, Rhomaine Berger, Judy York, Miriam Harman, Jack Monnin, Mary Batty, Norma Magoto, Betty Kremer, Denny Grilliot, Beverly Brown, Julie Keihl, Joan Magoto, Virginia Smith, John Subler, Mary Barga, Anabelle Subler, Julia Billenstein, Merilyn Borchers, Connie (Baltes) Lechleiter, Dan Monnin, Lois Youngker, Barb Goubeaux, Cyril Frantz, Eileen Rahm, Cyril Voisard, Samantha Smith, Brian Voisard, the people in and around Houston, Texas, and all those not mentioned by name who are recuperating, hospitalized, homebound and/or in need of our prayers.

Heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Janet Mae Bey (74), John Thiebeau (80) and also remembering within our hearts the lives of Richard Mescher, Mary Ann Wendel, Martha Carine, James Monnin, Mary Ruth Lewis, Joe Slonkosky, Agnes Heintz, Samuel Wuebker, Rachel Jones, Patricia DeMange, Cindra Fleenor, Emily Timmerman, Bryan Schlater, Patrick Grieshop, Cory Michael, Stacy Mortensen, Gary Shafer, Tom Foley, John P. Simons, Tom Meiring, Scott Shappie, Ruth Goubeaux and all those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their passing nears.

“A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members.” ~St. Pope John Paul II

“…the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” ~Hubert H. Humphrey

“Doctors should kill the pain not the patient” ~Unknown

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By Kathy Magoto

Versailles News

Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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