The deciding vote was cast by outgoing Democratic Sen. Joseph Dunn, who chairs the committee. He said he struggled with how to vote on the bill but ultimately decided he did not want to see the poor and disabled urged to end their lives so hospitals and the medical industry could cut costs.
During a 15-minute speech prior to casting his no vote, Dunn said, “In this society, more often than not, public policy decisions are driven unfortunately by money concerns, not by policy concerns.” Supporters of the measure, written by Assemblywoman Patty Berg and Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, both Democrats, declared defeat after being unable to gather the three votes needed from the five-member Judiciary Committee to move it forward.
Resist Anger Over Soldier’s Death, Bishop Says
BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The death of Army Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, the U.S. soldier captured and brutalized in Iraq, should not lead people to feel “unholy rage and anger,” said Bishop Raymundo Peña of Brownsville during the June 28 funeral Mass for the soldier.
During the bilingual Mass at the
Menchaca and another soldier, Pfc. Thomas
Don’t Abandon Trade Talks, Urges Bishop
“The Catholic bishops in the
“As we approach the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11 (2001), global poverty is still a scandal and a threat to peace and security. Trade that is both fair and free can help address this,” the bishop said in the six-paragraph letter, which appeared in the paper July 6.
The letter commented on a July 4 Times news story reporting failure by
the United States and the European Union to reach agreement on lowering tariffs
on imported food products and reducing subsidies to their farmers. The
reductions would open