Tuesday, October 6, 2015


After much deliberation, our Jesuit governor has signed “death with dignity” into California law. That’s good news and I take it personally. I seem to be in pretty good shape “for my age”, but this is an option I may or may not soon need. It’s something one thinks about when a 94th birthday is coming up.

The new California law is more evidence that progress at the level of public opinion and cultural advancement goes on even when governmental institutions are stagnant and/or reactionary. When will that reality register in the battle to curtail gun violence? And when will it bring about abolition of the death penalty?

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