Amicable decision needed on Schiavo

Unfortunately, the Terri Schiavo case has been brought to the forefront once again as Legislatures feel they’ve been forced to make another decision in the case. This case is one that many Florida families hold dear to their hearts.

The Florida Legislature should not step in and remove Schiavo’s feeding tube. However, Schiavo’s parents and husband are feuding about whether to remove the feeding tube by Friday.

Both parties should think about what is best for Schiavo. She has been laying in a vegetative state for 15 years after collapsing and suffering brain damage.

She is alive, but unable to feed herself. She is also unable to participate in everyday actions as other living people do.

Although no one can say for sure what she would want, because she is unable to relay that to anyone, people should consider that she may want to die.

What is the quality of life if someone cannot partake in what makes life meaningful? Is she living a good life lying in a nursing home unable to communicate with anyone? What is the purpose?

Perhaps, the parents are being selfish by trying to keep her alive when her brain possibly is not. It is better to let go of a loved one than to give them ultimate peace than to keep them living like a vegetable just to be close to them.

All parties involved should set their agendas aside and come together to find a solution that is best for Schiavo not themselves.

Hostage gets hero’s recognition for

being human

Ashley Smith, the Atlanta woman that was held hostage by shooting suspect Brain Nichols, decided to immediately speak out on her experience as a captive Monday.

Smith cried tears of joy as she took the public through what some may call a date with a criminal.

On CNN’s “Paula Zahn Now,” she told the public about the meaningful conversation she and Nichols had before she dialed 911.

Smith said Nichols told her “I don’t want to hurt you” as he tied her up and cautioned her not to yell. “I don’t want to hurt anybody else,” she remembered him saying.

By hearing her account of the ordeal, one would assume Nichols was a harmless individual who just wanted out of a bad situation. She talked to him about God, family and their lives.

Now, she’s being seen as Smith, the hostage hero?

The online edition of The South African Star, a foreign newspaper, called Smith a hero. Why?

She only did what any other individual would have done in the same situation. After seven hours, she finally convinced Nichols to let her go. What actually made her a hero?

Is it because she read the Bible to him? Or is it because she read “The Purpose-Driven Life” to him?

Indeed, Smith survived a rather deadly encounter, but she wasn’t harmed in any way. It actually seems as though her morning with Nichols opened closed doors in her life. She may even get a $60,000 reward.

Smith led the police to the suspect and received national accolades. What about the hundreds of informants that lead police to criminals everyday?

It looks as if they lead police.